Worship, A Form Of Meditation

(Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago. In the sermon, Pastor shared how worship is a form of meditation. Beloveds, know that when you praise and worship Jesus, you open door to His favour, the favour that He has been raring to pour on your life. I also love the story of how Leah chose to praise the Lord, eventually, put the focus off her husband, and on the Lord, and she became secure and emotionally whole, and also got what she wanted: her husband’s love.

Be blessed, and have a favour-filled week ahead!)

4 March 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

1st Service

Verses from the sermon:

Psalm 1:2-3 (KJV)

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Ephesians 5:15-22

15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Genesis 29:31-35

31And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. 32And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. 33And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon. 34And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. 35And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

John 10:9-10

9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Hosea 2:15

15And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

Jude 1:1-2

1Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Isaiah 60:1-3,11,18

1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

11Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

18Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

Key take-home points:

  • Worship is a form of meditation! Why? Because meditation (“hagah” in Hebrew) is muttering. When you worship, you are muttering to yourself too. Ephesians 5:19 says that you can speak to yourself psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, or you can sing them, or make melodies to yourself. So for some of you who find it easier to sing worship songs than to mutter Bible verses, good news: when you worship, you are meditating!
  • Praise is “yada” in Hebrew. (The name “Judah” comes from this word.) The word “yada” is made up of the following letters: “yud” (open hands), “dalet” (doors), and “hei” (grace). Open hands, doors, grace. Putting the letters together, we see the secret hidden in the word “yada”: praise opens the door to grace! Praise opens door to receiving God’s favour that has already been unleashed in your life through the cross. And His favour brings you God-kind of prosperity and success!
  • “yada” (Hebrew for “praise”) first appeared in Genesis 29:31-35. Leah had children with her husband Jacob, but just as it was common in those days to name the child after the surrounding circumstances, the names of Leah’s first three children revealed how Leah longed for her husband’s love, and she hoped that her husband would love her now that she produced him children. She was focused on Jacob’s love. However, when Leah had her fourth child, she named him “Judah”, saying “now, I will praise the Lord!” There was no mention of her husband in naming the child. She was no longer focused on her husband; she chose to praise the Lord instead. Surprisingly, when Jacob passed on, we find out from the Bible that he elected to be buried with Leah, not Rachel. Apparently, she ended up winning her husband’s love! When Leah no longer focused on her husband and trying to win his love, and chose to praise the Lord instead, she ended up with her husband’s love. When you praise the Lord, you are focusing on Him, and and as you focus on the Him, you become emotionally whole and secure, and, the things that you want will run after you!