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Lesson 12: Worship That Never Ends
The Diversity and Depth of Worship: Lessons from the Psalms and the Bible
Lesson 12 of our study delves into the profound theme of true worship and demonstrates how it should be rooted in our daily lives. As we engage with the Psalms and the teachings of Jesus, we realize that worship is much more than just external rituals and religious activities. Rather, it involves the posture of our hearts, our motivation, and the impact of our faith on our everyday actions.
In this lesson, we will explore the significance of authentic worship, which is not confined to Sunday worship services but should be reflected in every aspect of our lives. We will understand that God is not only interested in external forms of piety but, above all, in a sincere heart and a life that obeys His commandments.
By examining the Psalms and the teachings of Jesus, we will grasp why empty worship and useless sacrifices are rejected by God and how we can ensure that our faith is not superficial but deeply rooted in our daily lives.
Let us together delve into the depths of true worship and explore how we can practice it in our everyday lives to honor God in a way that pleases His heart.

12.1 Lift Up Your Hands in the Sanctuary
Blessing in the Sanctuary: Worship and Service as a Holy Priesthood
Read Psalm 124. Where does worship occur here? What is the result of worshiping God?
Psalm 134 reminds us that worship is not only an act of devotion but also a source of blessing. When we lift our hands in the sanctuary, we not only express our adoration for God but also receive His blessing. It is a mutual relationship where we bless God, and He blesses us in return. This blessing extends throughout our entire lives because it comes from the One who created heaven and earth. The mention of Zion as a place of special divine blessing emphasizes the deep connection between God and His people. Through worship, we not only experience the presence of God but also His blessing influence in our lives.
Read Psalms 18:2; 36:2; 113:1; 134:1–2, and 135:1–2. How are worshippers portrayed here?
In the Psalms, worshippers are portrayed as servants of the Lord who stand in His house and bring Him praise and thanksgiving. They are ready to praise God and serve Him day and night. The sanctuary serves as a place to reflect the glory of God and provide people with a secure framework to approach their holy King. This relationship between God and His people is characterized by mutual respect, worship, and service.
Worship is not only through external rituals but also through an internal understanding of divine grace and love. This is illustrated by the analogy of living stones in the New Testament, indicating that, as part of the holy priesthood, we offer spiritual sacrifices that are pleasing to God. This idea is further developed by Peter to emphasize that Christ, our Redeemer, is the focal point of our worship, and our praise and thanksgiving are brought to God through Him.
As believers of the New Testament, we also have a priestly role, called to convey the good news of the Gospel to the world. How can we do this most effectively?
As New Testament believers, we indeed have a priestly role, called to convey the good news of the Gospel to the world. Here are some ways we can do this effectively:
  1. Being a Role Model: Our lifestyle should reflect the values and principles of the Gospel. By living in love, humility, forgiveness, and service, we draw others’ attention to Christ.
  2. Evangelization through Relationship Building: By forming authentic relationships with people and spending time with them, we can better understand their needs, questions, and doubts. This provides us with opportunities to share the Gospel in relevant and compassionate ways.
  3. Proclamation: Whether through personal conversations, public preaching, or sharing testimonies, directly proclaiming the Gospel remains an effective method to lead people to Christ.
  4. Serving Others: Serving those in need, comforting the sick, visiting prisoners, and feeding the hungry demonstrate Christ’s love in a practical way. Such acts of mercy often open hearts to the Gospel.
  5. Prayer: Prayer is a powerful tool to change hearts and create opportunities for Gospel spread. We should regularly pray for those around us and ask for divine opportunities for evangelism.
  6. Community and Accountability: Engaging in a supportive community of believers provides not only support and encouragement but also opportunities for joint evangelism. Through collective actions and events, we can propagate the Gospel message.
Ultimately, we should be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit and serve according to our individual gifts and talents. Through a combination of lifestyle, word, and deed, we can be effective witnesses for Christ and contribute to others experiencing His love and salvation.

The connection between our everyday life and our faith is crucial and is highlighted in the Psalms mentioned as well as in the New Testament. Here are some ways this connection can be practically implemented:
  1. Integrating Faith into Daily Life: Our faith should not be limited to Sundays or special religious events but should be present in all areas of our lives. We can live out our faith in our relationships, careers, decisions, and daily actions.
  2. Worship and Service as a Lifestyle: Worship is not just a formal ritual but a lifestyle that honors God in everything we do. By considering our everyday lives as a form of service to God and others, we can live out our faith concretely.
  3. Being a Role Model: Our lives should testify to the truth and power of the Gospel. Through a life characterized by love, mercy, forgiveness, and sincerity, we can show others what a life with Christ looks like.
  4. Evangelism in Daily Life: We can evangelize by consciously seizing opportunities to talk about our faith and tell others about the hope we have found in Christ. This can be done through both direct conversations and sharing testimonies.
  5. Serving Others: Serving those in need is a tangible way to live out our faith in daily life. By helping others, comforting them, encouraging them, and supporting them, we demonstrate the love of Christ in action.
  6. Prayer and Dependence on God: Our daily lives should be characterized by prayer and dependence on God. We should regularly communicate with God to seek His guidance, strength, and wisdom to face life’s challenges and discern His plans for us.
By actively integrating our faith into our daily lives and bearing witness to Christ through our lives, words, and deeds, we can be effective witnesses for the Gospel and contribute to others experiencing the love and redemption of Christ.

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