By: Pastor Aaron Proffitt
The Westminster Catechism begins by asking this question: What is the chief end of man? The answer is simple yet powerfully profound: To glorify (worship) God and to enjoy Him forever. This, my friends, is the driving force behind Aletheia’s sermon series through Psalms this fall.
As God graciously gifted me with an opportunity to sabbatical in Denver, Colorado this summer, what became apparent during my moments of thought and reflection was this: I really don’t know how to worship Jesus. Obviously, this is sobering and humbling but mostly, it is just true. And if this is my reality, then it is possibly yours as well.
What am I really saying? I believe a primary struggle for us as a church – the one issue that influences all other issues (i.e. our love for each other, our evangelism, our cultural engagement, our action against injustice) – is our lack of skillfulness and excellence when it comes to our worship and enjoyment of God.
We spend so much time talking about and pursuing excellence in so many other realms of our lives. What would it look like to pursue excellence in our worship of God while experiencing God as we work out of the freedom that the gospel gives? What would it look like to pursue excellence in worship, not as an objective but as an overflow? What if we pursued a skillfulness in worship without being enslaved by the pressures of performancism? What if we pursued excellence in worship to this end: God’s glory and the good of others?
We need God to instruct us on what it looks like to worship and enjoy Him skillfully and excellently. Thankfully the book of Psalms is a great teacher. In fact, a phrase that occurs nearly 30 times in Psalms is “Teach me.” For example, Psalm 25:5 says “Lead me in your truth and teach me.” If God is the teacher, we are the students!
For the next few months we are going to sharpen our pencils, sit at our desks, and open up the most popular book (Psalms) within the most popular book of all time (the Bible), to learn from God what it means to worship Him.
In order to best prepare you for the Psalms series, please consider these helpful resources to provide further insight and context surrounding the book and our study through it.
- The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms
- Praying the Bible
- The Bible Project Video