Dave Williams speaking on the spiritual discipline of worship. He focused on the “yet” of our prayers, Christ’s yoke & burden we get to carry, and the meaning behind the act of praise.
I have to start by saying how thankful and impressed I am with all of you.
I am proud of you all. The leaders for leading so well. But then there is you guys. It has truly been amazing to watch some of you grow in your faith and others I get to hear how God is shaping and molding you hearts to be more like His. It has been awesome.
Yet in spite of that, I do know that there are burdens that a lot of us are carrying. It seems to be a season-of-life thing.
Some of you have been going to the Word and spending time in prayer but still feel dry. Perhaps the load you are carrying still seems heavy. I want to talk to you tonight. I think God wants to speak to you tonight. He has an answer.
Now before we get into it we have to understand that it is David who wrote this. He wrote it in a time of great despair but somewhere along the line of the Psalms it become a prophetic view of what Christ would endure on the Cross.
If I knew nothing else that would be enough to teach me a valuable lesson about my transparent walk with the Lord: When I go to the Lord in a real way it will eventually lead to seeing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
The Lens (Psalms 22:1-7 & 14-18 & 22-26)
Now this is David speaking but it is the exact words used by God when he was on the cross. He truly experienced something that we—as Christians—will never face: The Judgement of God. He faced the wrath of God the father because of our sin.
He endured a hardship we can’t even imagine. He endured shame that far exceeds what we will face. His was undeserved. Yet he went to the cross. He went for us.
That night was the darkest night of all eternity. The weight of the entire world was on God’s shoulders and He carried them because He could. Because no one else could do it.
How could he endure that? Yes he was God but what enabled Him to do what we often times can’t seem to do?
See when our loads get heavy we become exhausted, broken-down, and will surrender to the fight at times. We give into sin, we allow our feelings to determine whether we do something for God or not. Our loads that we carry win-out.
Yet God didn’t operate that way.
We know that His purpose kept Him on the course and this is why it is so important to understand ours as well as the one who gives us it. This is why Prayer and being in the Word our important: we find God and we find out what He is asking of us.
3“Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.”
There are two powerful words there.
The first is yet. This word should be at the end of all of our hardships. It does something to them. The word Yet is where it shifts from our story to His glory. The word yet is where our perspective get’s changed.
Mark 14:36 says
“ 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Jesus is saying I don’t want to do this. Yet . . . this is where prayer turns into praise. The word Yet speaks the truth that we can’t see but know is still true.
Heavy Laden (Matthew 11:28 – 30)
28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
God is wanting to take away our burden but he is asking us to carry something. The reason why we are laboring is because we weren’t designed to carry the sins and shame, and messy-ness that we are currently carrying.
But there is a burden and a yoke we were designed to carry – His.
The key of this is again found in Psalms 22:3
The key is where God is sitting in this passage. He is enthroned on the praises of His people. That is what we carry. We lift up God.
That is your job. We are to praise God. Not when it is convenient or comfortable but always. This is what God did. He praised the Father. It always starts with the yet.
“God, my life seems dark yet, I will praise you because you are God.” This is your burden to carry. This is what you are to do. You are to worship because God is deserving of it.
Praise is giving God back what is his anyways (Psalm 22:25)
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!
Praise is giving back to God what is His anyways.
All of our praise comes from God. He gave us the breath in our lungs and the words to say. It is all His. This is why we lift our hands. We close our eyes. We sing out. Because we are indicating to Him that all that we are is from Him. Our good, our bad, our ugliness He paid the price. So we give ourselves to HIm.
Those that seek Him shall praise the Lord. Praise Him. Lift up your hands. Lift Him up. Put Him in His rightful place as Lord.