This a sermon that has been on my heart for awhile, as I have been studying and reading about real worship.
Extravagant Worship Sermon
*2 Chronicles 20:2-5
A. Jehoshaphat learned of three armies that were planning to take their promised land.
*2 Chronicles 20: 5-9
What was his reaction to the news? What did he do and say to this?
B. Jehoshaphat called all of Judah and Jerusalem to seek God, fast, and worship God!
1. The first thing J. did was, get his people together and praise God for his mighty power, promises, and past deliverances.
a. Their praise and prayers were declarations of God’s power and that we have victory through Him, that no enemy can come against.
*2 Chronicles 20:18-25
So walking in their knowing and faith they went out to the battle as instructed and J. sent worshippers to the very front line to go before and lead. As they did so, the whole time they were praising God saying, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever!”
2. They were praising God as they faced the battle, for the victory to come!
C. Praise and Thanksgiving are keys to overcoming our situations.
1. When we get news of a problem, we start thanking Him for another opportunity for God’s power to be seen.
D. Extravagant Worship is more than an “appetizer” or fast song before the slow sweet “worship” song.
1. Praise is a declaration! A victory cry! Proclaiming faith to stand firm in the place God has given you!
2. Praise is a proclamation that the enemy’s attempt to plunder you will not rock you or shake you!
E. So when you need the enemy to flee start praising Him, he cannot stay when you start praising Him.
F. To praise God doesn’t mean we come to church and just sing during worship.
1. Extravagant worship is not mediocre, nothing extreme, quiet and safe, as if somehow conformity is more holy.
a. No! All that is within me will praise His Holy name!
A. When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the city, he danced wildly through the streets wearing nothing but an under garment!
1. If he had been half hearted Michal, his wife would not have been so upset. But because he was wildly praising through the streets with everything, she despised him for the rest of her life.
2. Casual worship would not have disturbed anything, but God ask for everything.
a. sometimes it means looking like a fool, but God wants us to be radical in our worship. Praise the Lord with reckless abandon!
b. John 12:1-7 Mark 14:3-9
1. Mary brought a jar of alabaster perfume worth three years wages, and poured it on Jesus. So extreme was that, that the disciples were indignant. But Jesus saw how beautiful her reckless, whole hearted worship was.
3. We praise Him because He is our victory. And now it has already been paid for. He is so good. Any situation that rises, start praising Him with reckless abandon and you will see your victory come to be.
B. Oh, how He loves us. What love He has lavished on us!
*C. All our failures, fears, trials, weakness, sickness, disease, tribulations, every strong hold, every wall that held us back, every thought that told us we couldn’t become the victor, every excuse, every chain, He has overcome! Praise the Lord our God has overcome! We are not of this world we are Free!
Praise God for freedom, hope, love, and life!