Our Worship Is Rewarded By His Promises
This is the final post on a study of worship from Psalm 145. Verses 1-3 focused on our worship being evidenced by our attitude. Verses 4-7 indicating our worship is expressed by our words and actions. From verses 8-13, we see how our worship is defined by our allegiance. This section of Psalm 145, verses 14-20, tells us of the promises of worship.
There are seven promises listed in Psalm 145: 14-20.
The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.16 You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
– Psalm 145:14-20
Worship is rewarded by these great promises of God, but I must follow the pattern set by King David with my attitude, words, actions and allegiance set on Him.
The promise of verse 14 is one of Restoration. Once one is humble before Him, the LORD “upholds” those who have fallen. He raises up those who are bowed down. If you need restoration in your life, you must worship Him.
From verse 15 we see a promise of Provision. He gives us what we need in His perfect timing. It is trusting Him and seeing provision not as what you want, but what he is providing you. If you are in need of His provision, you must worship Him.
Satisfaction is the promise from verse 16. This might be one of the greatest desires of the many church attenders. Our churches are awash with heaps of dissatisfied and discontented people. Whether it’s their job, marriage, finances, physical physic or another area of life, many people walk around in a state of dissatisfaction. Worship helps realign one’s thinking.
When your are concentrating on worship, being 100 percent focused on Him, you will find yourself being satisfied with things in a much different way than you had ever imagined. If you want to be satisfied, you must worship Him.
Verse 17 centers on His Graciousness & Righteousness. It is another way of saying forgiveness. We need His forgiveness, not just as a one-time event when we realize our need of a savior but an on-going need of forgiveness when we chose sin over His best for us. If you need His forgiveness, you must worship.
His Presence is the promise of verse 18. When we become focused on Him, our agenda fades into the back ground. We begin to experience Him in a deeper way. Taking our energy off of our own hurts, feelings and plans, and learning to worship Him, we will become more aware of His working in our life. We will sense Him in a more profound way. If you need God’s presence in your life, you must worship Him.
The second part of verse 19 indicates His promise of Deliverance. Much like the promise of Satisfaction from verse 16, here David writes this promise is to those who “fear Him.” He will “Hear their cry and save them.” Worship puts us in the proper position for Him to work in our life. We move out from the idea of our thinking and turn to Him, thrusting ourselves onto His mercy and we receive his deliverance. We must seek deliverance or rescue from Him and not become locked into the counsel of human intellect. If you need rescue, you must worship.
Finally we come to the promise of Justice. Verse 20 indicates the wicked will not prevail. The injustice you have experienced has not gone unnoticed by Him. There is a coming day of judgement; a day when He will right all the wrongs and bring real justice to the world. The challenge for us is to allow Him to fight our battles. Worship helps us better accomplish the task as when we are in worship, centered on Him, the injustices we’ve experienced are no longer relevant. Oh they still exist and they still affect us. But now, we are no longer out for vengeance. Worship has turned the tables and God will deal with the injustices we’ve faced. If you need justice in your life, you must worship.
I know this seems overly simple, just worship Him for restoration, provision, satisfaction, grace, presence, deliverance and justice. But worship, at its’ core, is trust. To trust Him with everything we have; to humbly bow before Him and being in awe of His glorious majesty. Without demands, with requests, without our agenda, we just come before Him because He is God. When we worship, these promises and many more become ours.
This isn’t easy, nor is it simple. Sin has so ingrained itself into our beings it is hard to set all of ourselves aside and concentrate on Him. We often come to God with a list of things we want Him to do. We tell Him of all our desires and plans. We ask Him to bless our efforts and present our works to Him as somehow validating our worship. We come to Him trying to prove how good we are and therefore present ourselves as worthy vessels, implying He should be happy we’ve come to worship Him. He got a good deal with us coming to Him. No, worship my friend, is none of that. Worship 100 percent God, zero percent us.
But when we do come to Him with this same understanding of David’s here in Psalm 145, His promises ring true for us. He does and He will, restore, provide, satisfy, and deliver us. We will recognize His mercy and presence in a way beyond anything we’ve previously experienced.
Our worship is rewarded by His promises.
David’s Summary Statement
We reach the end of Psalm 145 with this verse;
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.
– Psalm 145:21
David concludes this psalm with a simple, but profound pronouncement. It is a two-fold statement where he first repeats his declaration of commitment to praise the LORD. He then follows his commitment by mentioning how everyone – “all flesh” shall praise God eternally. He may be making a prophetic statement, at some point in the future everyone will worship. Or, he might be trying to communicate how everyone should be praising Him forever. His supremacy is above everyone and everything else, it is only logical for everyone to worship God as David is demonstrating.
Psalm 145 is not the only place in Scripture where worship is taught. There all many other examples of worship in the Bible. Nor do I think this is an exhaustive study into Psalm 145. I make no claims to being a worship expert or having complete understanding of the concept. But this I know, worship is considerably more than a singing a few songs on Sunday morning. It is more than an event and it can occur anywhere.
I know worship is important; more important than most church attenders demonstrate. It is so important, Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” God is seeking those people who understand worship. As believers, it should be our goal to better understand the idea of worship. I want to be one of those people.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. – John 4:23