Below is an outline from a teaching I have done in the past. If you want maybe a different perspective of worship, I encourage you to read Genesis 22:1-14 and follow along with this simple outline. I hope that it challenges you to realize that worship isn’t about what I can get from God, it’s about what I can give Him.
Here’s a full audio of the teaching if you’re interested. https://soundcloud.com/chris-darling-4/the-journey-of-worship
The Journey of Worship – Gen. 22: 1-14
1. Worship requires a recognition of God’s call. (v.1)
a. God simply calls Abraham’s name and his response is ‘Here I Am.”
b. Other examples
i. Samuel (I Samuel 3: 1-14)
ii. The calling of the disciples
2. Worship involves our response to God’s call. (v. 2-3)
a. Abraham set out the next morning to fulfill God’s call.
b. Samuel – ‘Speak, Lord your servant hears’
c. The disciples – followed Jesus immediately
3. Worship comes from a mindset of faith. (v. 5-8)
a. Abraham’s use of the word ‘we’ in verse 5 implies He had faith that God would not abandon His promise regarding Isaac.
b. When asked where the sacrifice was, Abraham told Isaac that God would provide the sacrifice.
4. Worship requires TOTAL obedience to God’s call. (v. 9-10)
a. Abraham built the altar, laid the wood out, bound his son, laid him on the altar and raised the knife to kill him. Note that God didn’t respond until He knew Abraham was willing to fully obey. Going through the motions was not allowed.
b. Examples of disobedience
i. Cain (Genesis 4)
ii. Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron (Leviticus 10: 1-2)
iii. Saul (I Samuel 13 and 15)
5. Obedient worship will bring a response from God. (v. 11-13)
a. The total obedience of Abraham, brought about God’s provision of a sacrifice.
i. Abel (Genesis 4) – God honored his offering
ii. Naaman (2 Kings 5: 1-14) – Naaman was healed of leprosy when he followed the instructions of Elisha
iii. Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael – (Daniel 3) – their refusal to worship the golden image landed them in the fiery furnace. God’s response – 4th man in the fire and no harm came to them.
iv. Daniel – (Daniel 6) – Daniel’s refusal to cease praying to God lands him in the lions den. God’s response – lion’s mouths shut.
6. When God responds, it is appropriate for us to remember and honor His response. (v. 14)
a. Abraham honored God’s provision by naming that place with the character of God that had been displayed. Jehovah Jireh – God will provide.
b. Stones of Remembrance – Placing markers in our lives when God responds to us, gives us things to look back on, remember, and celebrate during the times when God seems silent.
i. Jacob at Bethel
ii. Israel at Jordan
Now go dive into the Word and see what God shows you!