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Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee [12-6-20]

We're going to talk about worship today. Like a backcountry road, you find worship winding its way through the Christmas story. Today we're going to look at two major worship themes in the Christmas story.

What is worship?

Here's something you might want to write down:

Worship is Declaring the Worth and Greatness of God.

That is worship - declaring the worth and greatness of God. Worship is not about us. As the Westminster Catechism says, our primary purpose is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. So if worship is declaring the worth of God, then the question is, "What is God worth to you?" However you answer that question will drive your worship. In other words, our feelings about and toward God will be reflected in our worship.

Think about it this way. Because your life is a reflection of what you value,

your love for God will be reflected in your worship.

So, how do we worship Jesus at Christmas? The gospel Christmas narrative serves as our guide. We see it in Luke. The angels praised God. As singing was prominent in the worshiping life of Israel before the birth of Jesus, it is natural for us to sing praises to God. Singing is a musical way of praising God. And the shepherds shared what they had seen and heard. That's another of the ways we worship.

Let's start with Luke 2:8-14: