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The High Calling of Praise

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We Christians understand that the Lord God is worthy of our worship. But, why? What makes our God deserve worship? The four living creatures in Revelation answer that question.

We Christians understand that the Lord God is worthy of our worship. But, why? What makes our God deserve worship? The four living creatures in Revelation answer that question.

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  • 1. • Man, in his very nature, is a worshiping creature. • “In the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering” (Gen 4:3-4). • “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” (Acts 17:22-23). • “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four- footed animals and creeping things” (Rom 1:22-23).
  • 2. WHY SHOULD MAN WORSHIP GOD?
  • 3. GOD IS ALL HOLY
  • 4. • “Holy, holy, holy.” • “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Is 6:3). • God’s holiness is a common motif in Scripture. • “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Ex 15:11). • “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” (Lev 19:2). • “Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are” (John 17:11). • “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone” (Js 1:13).
  • 5. • What does God’s holiness have to do with worship? • The main threat of John’s first hearers was emperor worship. • God, not the emperor, is the model of moral perfection. • What about us? • We live in a world where darkness prevails. • We are ourselves sinful. • God, however, is moral perfection.
  • 6. GOD IS ALL POWERFUL
  • 7. • God is the “Lord God Almighty.” • God is the Lord God, i.e., He is the Sovereign of the universe. • “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you” (2 Chron 20:6). • “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” (Rev 19:6).
  • 8. GOD IS ALL LIVING
  • 9. • “Who was and is and is to come!” • “The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut 33:27). • “Your name, O LORD, endures forever, Your fame, O LORD, throughout all generations” (Ps 135:13).
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