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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 6

V.11 (cont'd.)

** What characteristic of the "fear of the Lord" does David now surprisingly introduce?

It can be taught! Through life's experiences, held up to the authority of the word of God, the truly humble (V.2) can be taught to fear the Lord. cf. Ephesians 5:8-10

V.12 ** In these next three verses, David describes the character qualities of God's true people. What will a Christian desire with the length of life that God grants to him or her?

"...that he may see good..." If we desire to worship the Lord, we will also desire only those things that are "good" as God defines them. (V.8)

V.13 ** For our desire for worship to be genuine, how will it effect our speech?

It will "keep our tongue from evil and [our] lips from speaking deceit". cf. James 3:2

V.14 ** Does our desire for worship only effect our speech?

No, it directly impacts our actions as well. We will want to "depart from evil, and do good, seek peace, and pursue it."

So far today we have learned that "The Worship Perspective" is made up of our "Determination to Worship" and our "Desire to Worship". We must not leave out the most import element found in "The Worship Perspective"...that is the "Divine View of Worship" found in verses 15-22.

Verses 15-22

V.15 ** By what David says, how do we know that God even has a "Divine View of Worship"?

Because God's eyes and ears are directed toward the righteous.

** Well, that might be the proverbial "good news/bad news". Who in the world can claim to be righteous?

Christians! Those who have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has mercifully exchanged our sin for His righteousness. cf. 2Corinthians 5:21

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