A Sign of True Worship
By Mark A. Finley
One thing is certain: Human beings were designed to worship God. Deep within each of us is a hunger for the eternal. We long for purpose and meaning in life. Someone has called this “the God-shaped hole in our hearts.” In this lesson we will study God’s plan to fill this aching void and discover His wonderful plan to fill our lives with deep, lasting joy.
1. What invitation did David give to each one of us?
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Ps. 95:6).
The psalmist invites us to _________________________________________________________
Worship leads us out of ourselves and toward God. It directs our minds to the eternal. In worship we are reminded who we are, who He is, and our relationship to one another. Worship lifts our focus from earthly things to heavenly values.
2. Why is God worthy of our worship? Circle the phrase in the following text that indicates why God is worthy of our worship.
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Rev. 4:11, 12).
We did not create ourselves. We exist only because a loving God made us. Since He gave us life, He is worthy of our deepest praise and utmost worship.
3. What did God give as a lasting memorial of His creative power and authority?
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the Seventh-day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. . . . For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Ex. 20:8-11).
The ________________________________is God’s eternal memorial of His creative power.
4. When we worship God on the Bible Sabbath, what do we openly declare we believe about God? Read Exodus 20:8-11 again and write the answer in your own words on the lines below.
5. How did the prophet Ezekiel describe the Sabbath?
“Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them” (Eze. 20:12).
God’s Sabbath is a ___________________________________________________________.
Why is God’s Sabbath a sign? What is it a sign of? Write your answers on the lines below.
At Creation, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God created the world. When we are re-created in His image, once again it is through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Sabbath is a memorial of both experiences—God’s creative power in making us and God’s redemptive power in re-creating us as His born-again children.
6. What did Moses call the Sabbath?
“Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation” (Lev. 23:3).
According to Moses the seventh day is a “Sabbath of __________________________________
and a ________________________________________________________.”
On Sabbath we rest from our labors to find rest in Him. Our physical rest is a symbol of a deeper rest in His love and care. A holy convocation is a coming together of God’s people for worship. Sabbath is a celebration in worship of God’s greatness.
7. What promise did Isaiah give those who keep the Sabbath?
“Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil” (Isa. 56:2).
The one who keeps the Sabbath is truly _______________________________________________.
In your own words define the word “blessed.” ___________________________________________
8. When will the entire universe find true Sabbath rest?
“‘For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me,’ says the Lord, ‘so shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the Lord” (Isa. 66:22, 23).
We will find true Sabbath rest in the new ________________________________________________
In God’s eternal kingdom we will find true rest as we worship Him each Sabbath. Throughout the ages the Sabbath will remain God’s eternal sign of His creative and redemptive power. It will always be a symbol of His everlasting love and desire to make His children happy. This Sabbath may your heart be filled with praise to the One who created you, redeemed you, and is coming again for you.
Next month we will look at the topic, “Jesus and the Sabbath.”