Ps. Riky Irawan - Worshipping God

Sunday, 28 October 2018, 1.30 PM | Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore

Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Riky Irawan, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 28 October 2018.


Worshipping God


Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”  (Genesis 22:1-5)


There are many “first time” in our life.  The “first time” is always very memorable in our life.  In Genesis 22:1-5 where Abraham was being tested, it is the first time the words “love” and “worship” are mentioned – “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac” (v.2); He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (v.5)


We may worship God to earn His blessings, or to get something out of Him.  Worship is not only about thanking God in good times, but it is also about worshipping Him in difficult times.  It is very easy for us to worship God when life is comfortable; but true worship genuinely means giving everything to God like Abraham.  Worship is not an activity but an attitude or a lifestyle.  Abraham worshiped God even when things were not ideal for him.  Abraham did not worship God to receive blessings, but he demonstrated that he loved God more than Isaac, and he trusted God beyond his own understanding.  Worship is giving something precious to God.


16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22:16-18)


As Christians we may be bogged down by our situation and we forget to worship the Provider because we want the providence desperately.  When we wake up in the morning tell God that we want to put Him above everything and surrender fully with an attitude of  worship.


Pastor Riky was hit by a serious health condition last year and went for medical treatment for six months.  After his recovery he started his job but God gave Pastor Riky favour to get  back in the company department within no time.  The position he was supposed to take six months prior to his illness had not been filled – God had saved it for Pastor Riky. 


In the New Testament the word worship is first mentioned when the Magi visited the Messiah (Matthew 2:2,11).  When they came to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


Worship is about giving what is precious in our life like the Magi.  The word love in the New Testament is mentioned when Jesus came out from the water in Matthew 3:17, “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.””  Loving God is a life that worships Jesus, a heart that loves Jesus despite life’s problems.  Let us learn to worship the Giver and not the blessings.


A worshipping life is about worshipping God in good times and bad times.  Make it a habit to declare His Greatness, the only Supreme God above all other gods.  Worship Jesus as the centre of our life – it is not about seeking His blessings but it is all about seeking His face.  Forget about all the necessities we need, seek His face first and worship Jesus from our inner most being for He deserves our praise and worship.