"Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory.” Psalms 24:7-10
III. WRAP YOUR HABITS AROUND HIS WORSHIP, Vv. 7-10
A preacher got on the bus to go downtown. After sitting down, he noticed that the driver had given him a quarter too much in change. He wondered what he should do. After all, it’s only a quarter, he figured. By the time he reached his stop, he knew what he had to do. Telling the driver he had given him too much change, he gave the quarter back. The driver asked him, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town?” “Yes”, came the reply. “Well, I’ve been thinking about going to church but I wasn’t sure. So I gave you extra change to see what you’d do. I’ll see you Sunday.” THAT’S EVANGELISM! God’s glory was revealed through the simple act of doing the right thing.
Holiness is reflected by a lifestyle of worship. When you wrap your hrad around His wonder and when you wrap your heart around His will, it will show in your habits. Your life will be an expression of worship to Him.
“The King of glory” - must be lifted up in your life – allowing Him to reign
“The King of glory” – must be let in your life
“lift up your head” - rejoicing
“lift up your doors” - receptive
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:9-21
IS YOUR LIFE AN EXPRESSION OF WORSHIP?
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
Wrap Your Head Around His Wonder – “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
Wrap Your Heart Around His Will – “Therefore, I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Wrap Your Habits Around His Worship – “this is your true and proper worship”
Holiness is being all wrapped up in God – WHAT ARE YOU WRAPPED UP IN?
WHY IT MATTERS
When you are a Christian who has not been made holy you will be like I was when I had one foot on the deck and one on the boat. You have to get both feet in the boat, get on the dock or you will fall. You can't have one foot in your will and one in God's will.
Are you all wrapped up in God?
Is your head wrapped up in wonder for Him?
Is your heart wrapped up in His will?
Do your habits reflect His worship?