Written by Pastor Tobi Ayanlowo
Let’s have a word of prayer.
Dear Father, we thank you for the reality of your word. We believe we are being changed by your word. We pray that tonight, the entrance of your word enlightens our simplicity and as such our lives will be given a lift. I pray that the Holy Spirit will expand scriptures to us, In Jesus Name I pray!
How many people here know this song
🎼 I take pleasure in worshipping X3Ce you Lord
This song looks oldie and not in vogue, but that’s where I’ll start from tonight.
I hope you’ll give me your attention for the next 2 hours
Now, If we take pleasure in worshipping, the first question then is
what is worship?
According to the law of the first mention, which is very important in Bible interpenetration, it means that the first meaning of worship will be taken from where it was first mentioned.
And the first mention of worship in the Bible is in Genesis 22:5. Let’s read from verse 1-5 to get a clear picture.
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. note
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Now, God told Abraham to go do something stupid, and he got to the place.
Now when he got there with his servants, he told them he wants to go and worship without giving them the details.
Now, according to the first mention, Worship means Obedience!
Let’s see what Jesus said about what should give us pleasure, Food!
You can imagine, the most pleasurable thing in life is eating.
Keep your argument in your pocket, there’s at least one particular food that you so much take pleasure in eating.
When you eat it, you feel satisfied, even if it’s a small piece you had.
I’m guessing some ladies are thinking about Coldstone ice cream, and some men are thinking about potato chips in milkshake
I said all that to say that, eating is pleasurable to humans.
In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
If the food of Jesus was to do the will of God the Father, then, I have this injunction It takes maturity to find pleasure in doing the will of God!
What I meant is this, the more mature you are, the happier you are doing the will of God!
Maturity brings pleasure in service and not mundane things.
Ask a baby Christian, he wants God to buy him/her a car or settle one problem or the other; that’s a deep desire.
Ask a growing Christian, he/she will tell you he wants to see God’s power displayed through him/her.
Ask a matured Christian, his/her answer is I just want to please the Father, making Him happy always.
I’ll like to share something before I go on, why is Abraham called the Father of Faith?
Genesis 15:6 reads
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Abraham showed this faith in the scriptures we first read, He was ready to kill the son because he believed every word God spoke to him 5 chapters before, and as such he would Obey whatever instruction that God gives him in that line.
Abraham believed that since it was God who gave him the promise of the son and also the instruction to sacrifice the same son, He believed that God could raise the guy from the dead.
He, because of his obedience to God showed believed that God could raise the dead, He believed in the resurrection before it actually happened, That’s why he is called the Father of Faith.
In the line of obedience lies your greatest achievement and the highest feeling of pleasure.
For instance, my happiest day on the earth was the day that someone referred to me as the Jesus of the house. I happy die!
Having said all that, Pleasure is found in doing the will of God.
I have established that doing the will of the father is what should bring us Joy as believers.
I’ll take a cue from 3 scriptures, Psalms 23, Job 13:15, and Hebrews 6:12.
Let’s start from Psalms 23.
A lot of us like the Psalm, but we’ve not taken time to carefully consider the lyrics of the song.
Let’s read together.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. note note
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. note
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Verse 1 is for us when we born again, guaranteed provision. That doesn’t mean that when you’re matured there won’t be provision, there will be only that with maturity God expects you to ask.
Verse two talks about growing up, following the leading.
Remember Romans 8:14. Leading shows growth.
Verse 3 talks about renewal of mind. Remember Romans 12:1/2
Verse 4 is where I was going. Its where I want to dwell.
If you are a careful reader, then you’ll know that the valley of the shadow of death is on the paths of Righteousness!
I meant to say, Expect troubles when you’re following the will of God!
Actually, I have found that the place that seems to have the most opposition is the middle of the will of God.
I have tonnes of scriptures to back up my point.
Luke 8:22-25 tells about the stormy seas that Jesus calmed. I urge you to read that place.
Jesus was the one who told them to go over to the other side, that means it was the will of God to the other side. I mean that the storm arose against them right in the middle of the will of God.
Psalms 34:19 holds a thought along these lines.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
I got this to say to you, the presence of that trouble doesn’t mean you’re outside the will of God! It actually is significant that you’re going in God’s direction, that’s why the wind arose!
The valley of the shadow of death is on the part of righteousness.
Now, this suggests that you should expect God to allow the devil to introduce pain while you’re taking pleasure in worshipping (obeying) God.
This pain builds muscle of strength in us, so that we can comfort others with the same comfort with which we are comforted ourselves.
2 Corinthians 1:4-5 reads
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
God allows the devil to inflict pain so that we can be matured.
The pain will lead us back to God’s word, and back to His presence so that we can stand against the devil.
While pain is involved, we take pleasure in obedience to our father.
It’s what delights us.
Job 13:15 reads
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
So, no matter what we go through, our pleasure comes from doing the will of our Father, come what may!
Though He slay me, I shall yet(always) trust Him
Finally, let’s read Hebrews 6:12,
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
How did Abraham, the man in question here, inherit the promise?
Romans 4:17-21 supplies the answer,
As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. note
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Now, always take pleasure in worshipping (Obedience) and actual singing to the Lord.
Always stay strong in faith (obey), giving glory to God.