God calls us to both worship alone and with other believers. Both of these can include Bible reading, prayer, and singing. The point of worship is that our hearts are ready to praise and honor God in all that we do. We should seek to view every moment of the day as an opportunity to worship God. Worship doesn’t just have to happen at church on Sundays; it can happen throughout your week while you are at home or school. We can worship God by singing along with our favorite Christian song or by thanking Him for the beautiful sunshine He provided. Worship is about showing God our love and respect in everything we do by giving Him glory and honor.
Praise songs are a way in which we can express our thankfulness to God for all that He does for us. We praise God with music, but other things in nature praise God as well. The waves of the sea crashing upon the shore are praise songs to God. The stars praise God at night by twinkling, sparkling and shining. Let’s read about how and why we praise God in Psalm 98.
Read Psalm 98:1. What kind of miraculous things that God has done for them. The most wonderful thing that God has done for us is create a way for us to have salvation and spend eternity in Heaven, even though we are sinners. If God never did another miraculous work, He would still deserve our never ending praise because He sent Jesus to us to save us from our sins.
Read verses 2 and 3. The Lord doesn’t just love us and didn’t just give us salvation, but He gave it to the whole world. All elements of nature praise God. Think about the sound that the wind makes as it is whistling in a storm, or the lullaby of crickets late at night. God is faithful to all the Earth and all the Earth praises Him.
Read verses 4-6. We are commanded to praise the Lord. What instruments they can use to praise the Lord. All of the Earth praises God. When dogs bark, they are praising God. When the wind blows, it is praising God. When leaves fall from the trees, they are praising God.
Read verses 7-9. Verses 7 and 8 describe natural elements that praise God. Our God is a God of the whole world. He created the whole world and He expects all of His creation to praise Him. If the mountains and rivers can praise God, how much more should we praise Him? Verse 9 reminds us that God is a good and fair judge. He deserves praise for His righteousness. Psalm 98:1-9 1. Sing to God a brand-new song. He’s made a world of wonders! He rolled up his sleeves, He set things right. 2. God made history with salvation, He showed the world what he could do. 3. He remembered to love us, a bonus To his dear family, Israel—indefatigable love. The whole earth comes to attention. Look—God’s work of salvation! 4. Shout your praises to God, everybody! Let loose and sing! Strike up the band! 5. Round up an orchestra to play for God, Add on a hundred-voice choir. 6. Feature trumpets and big trombones, Fill the air with praises to King God. 7. Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause, With everything living on earth joining in. 8. Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!” And mountains harmonize the finale-- 9. A tribute to God when he comes, When he comes to set the earth right. He’ll straighten out the whole world, He’ll put the world right, and everyone in it.
1. Why should we praise God? 2. Who worships God? 3. What are some ways that you worship God every day? 4. What are some of your favorite worship songs? 5. Are there times that we don't worship how we want to because we are embarrassed? What does the Bible say about that? 6. What are some ways that you can remind yourself to praise God everyday?
Two Truths and a Lie: Everyone in the group has to think of three things to share about themselves. Two things must be true, but one must also be a lie. When the person has shared their three things, the rest of the group has to decide which is the lie. Try to think of the craziest things you can!
Mix & Mingle: Get the group to stand in the middle of a room or hall area. The leader of the group stands in the front, facing the group. The leader will call out a choice to the group, pointing to opposite sides of the room for each option. For example, the first choice could be "inside vs outside". When the game leader says "inside" they would point to the left side of the room, when they say "outside" they would point to the right side of the room. Each player will move to whichever side of the room according to what they prefer.
Ghost Game: Each player takes turns adding a letter to an ever-growing word fragment. Try not to spell a word (of length 4 letters or more). Try to force another player to spell a word, or else try to get a player to say a letter that makes it impossible to form a word.