Every week, on Monday, we will have a blog for you with resources for diving deeper into the sermon.
This past week, we started a short series entitled A Story Unfolding which seeks to look back at what God has done at Mercy Hill and talk about the big things we are asking God to do in 2019. We will be compelled to believe God for the future when we stand in awe of him for the past. Psalm 150 teach us this and that we should be passionate for God’s glory.
Verse 1 points us to the idea that there is a song that has been constantly sung in the heavens, by the angels and stars in the sky. And when we sing praises to God, our voices join the voices of those already praising God’s glory. Verse 2 tells us to praise God for his “mighty deeds” and “excellent greatness.” The mighty acts of God are both biblical and personal. Not only are we to praise God for what he has done in creation and history in the gospel, but we also praise him for what he has done in our own lives and in the church and in the world.
We can see God’s mighty works in what he has made. Creation presses the magnitude of God upon our hearts. Yet, it is within the salvation story of the whole Bible, especially in the culmination of the gospel, that we see God’s greatest works. The mightiest act of God is sending his Son to the cross in our place. We can tend to be lazy in remembering what God has done for us and all creation, and then we start doubting God’s greatness. But when the mighty acts are in view, the abundant greatness isn’t questioned. Are we in the word, celebrating what God has done?
In verses 3-5 we see that remembering his mighty works leads to white-hot worship. Worshiping God is the reason that we were created. Are we worshiping with the passion of people that are responding to God’s great grace to us in the gospel and to what he has done in the world?
Verse 6 leans on the notion that everyone everywhere should be praising God, but how can we praise God without realizing that there are people all over the world who are not praising God because they don’t have a witness? And that’s the reason why we go to the nations. Like John Piper says, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.”
The big application is that we ought to praise God and pray for more. The progression goes like this: memory fuels praise, praise fuels the mission. Praise catalyzes prayer for the mission. Therefore, praying for more is dependent upon praising God. If we want Mercy Hill to be further involved in the mission of God going forward, we must praise God.
Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper
The modern-day classic work on how the praise and worship of God drives us to mission.
-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)