Max Goldsack - Worship - Hawaii, United States Special Meeting - 2016

Revelations 19:1,4,5,6, “And after these things, I heard a great voice of much people in heaven saying, 'Alleluia; salvation and glory, and power unto the Lord our God.' And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne saying, 'Amen, Alleluia.' And a voice came out of the throne saying, 'Praise our God, all ye His servants and ye that fear Him both small and great.' And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude and as a voice of many waters and the voice of mighty thundering, saying, 'Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigheth.'” We are reading about a great multitude of people and they fell down and worshipped God saying, "Alleluia," and this is all to do with worship and this morning I would like to speak to you a little about worship.

The Bible tells us about vain worship and ignorant worship and worldly worship and I think you will understand they are all false worship. And we do not want to have any involvement in that form of worship. The Bible also tells us about people that worship devils and stars and creative things and worship angels and worship idols. And we understand these are all forms of false worship, and we would not want to be involved in any worship like that.

These verses that we have read together, tells us about this great vast multitude of people and the elders fell down and worshipped God saying, "Amen and Alleluia." In those two words, Amen and Alleluia have one aspect of worship. Amen means it is true and it is sure and I agree with it 100% and I believe it to such a degree and I would give my life unreservedly to the Lord and He can take up my life and use it anyway He likes. When we can say, "Amen," to every word the Lord gives us, we are in the state of worship. We are worshipping God. Every word that Jesus said He could say, "Amen," to and when we can say, "Amen," to every word and even those that injure us and the words that hurt our flesh, that is difficult for us to live, and when we can say, "Amen," to all the words of Jesus, and then we can say, "Amen," to the will of God for our lives and then we are worshipping God.

We have our sample of this sort in Matthew 15 and it speaks about a Gentile lady. And she is referred to as a woman of Canaan and she was a Gentile lady and she was not a Jew. She came to Jesus and began to follow Him and began to cry out and she said to Jesus, "Have mercy on me, for my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil." And I’ve found it rather unusual that she said, "Have mercy on me." She was not processed with the unclean spirit, but it was her daughter. I am inclined to think when she appealed to the Lord for help, she would say, "Have mercy on my daughter," but she did not say that. Have mercy on me. And I think it is simply this, "I have lived in such a way and I have made choices and decisions in life and I am directly responsible for my daughter being in the condition that she is today. I have lived in such a way I am responsible for my daughter now." And it was her that had a great need and that is why she said, "Have mercy on me."

And it would appear that Jesus ignored her, and He was not ignoring her. Sometimes we are praying and making an appeal to the Lord and we could get the impression that the Lord is ignoring us. And God’s delay is not denial. And when God is delaying in answering our prayers is not because He has not heard us. God is just waiting for the right time and He preparing conditions to make it possible to grant us our request. This woman began to cry after him and the disciples said, "She is an embarrassment to us, so send her away." Jesus said, "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of the Israel." What Jesus was saying, "The Jewish nation was given the first opportunity and that is what I have come for." And she continued and fell down and worshiped Him. Jesus answered by saying, "It is not Me to take the children’s bread and to cast it to the dogs." This woman worshipped Jesus by answering, "Truth Lord. What you say is truth. I’m 100% agreement with it and I believe it." What Jesus was saying, "It is not right to take away this opportunity from the Jewish people and give it to the dogs." And that was the Gentiles, people like you and people like me. And this woman said, "That is true, Lord."

And she said, "I am nothing but a dog in your sight," but she said, "Even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table. This will satisfy me with a small portion of your mercy and your help." She was worshipping the Lord when she said, "It is true what you say." She acknowledged the truth of God. She could have become offended and upset and said, "I am not asking for truth, all I am asking for is mercy. I am not interested in your truth. All I what is your mercy." She heard the truth, agreed with the truth, and acknowledged the truth. When we worship the Lord, we are acknowledging the truth of what the Lord says about us the condition that He finds us in. And when we accept the truth, we are in position to worship God. She could have said, "I came for mercy and you offered me truth," but when she accepted the truth, mercy was forthcoming. It is the same with us if we accept the truth, acknowledge the truth, we have access to all the mercy of God. So this woman was worshipping God and she was saying, "This is true." She was saying, "Amen," to all the words of Jesus. And they were harsh words.

The word Alleluia means "praise ye the Lord." What I found very interesting was in the Psalms, they begin the Psalms with "praise ye the Lord" and they finish with "praise ye the Lord." So if we were reading from a Hebrew Bible, the Psalm would start and finish with the word Alleluia. As I have been reading the Psalms, there is some special aspect of worship. Psalm 148, “Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created. He hath also stablished them for ever and ever; He hath made a degree we shall not pass.”

So this has reference to creation, and we know that God created everything out of nothing, nothing became something and something glorified God. Every living creature that God created and it is living to this very day to fill the primary purpose for which it was created. So that nothing that became something and even if it was an animal or a tree or a mineral and even to this day, it is still living to fulfil the purpose in which it was created. And that nothing that became something is giving praise to God and glorifying God and it is worshiping its Creator. God created man out of nothing and when we realise our lives are outside the will of God, we are nothing. But if you have your life in the will of God and God will make something of it, and something that will glorify God and give praise to God. And that is how we worship God, when in the spiritual sense, nothing becomes something and that something will glorify God. That is a wonderful thing, and our life with no eternal future, God can take it and make something of it with an eternal future and so that something will worship and glorify God.

Psalm 51 of David with that regrettable experience. And we could say that David fell from the height of his glory and we feel sad that such a great man made a mistake like that. From the ruins of that experience came Psalm 51 and would you have liked to live without Psalm 51? I would not have liked to live my without Psalm 51. David said in that Psalm, "Create in me a clean heart, God, and renew a right spirit within me." And David wanted something made out of nothing as David knew he did not have a clean heart. I have committed those sins and my heart is not clean. And David prayed that God would create and make a clean heart for him and God did that. God created a clean heart for David. And sometimes, we feel we have no willingness and we want God to create willingness. And Paul could say that it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do His pleasure. And Paul was saying, "It is God that works into you a willingness to do the good pleasure of God." And we all know of times when we had no willingness, but God created a willingness. And so this morning in the meeting if you feel you have not got peace and have not got submission and we can pray that God will create these things in our heart and out of nothing God will create something and whatever that nothing is that turned into something will honour and worship God.

Revelation 7:9-11, “After this, I beheld and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands. And cried with a loud voice saying, 'Salvation to our God which sitteth up on the throne and upon the Lamb.' And all the angels stood around about the throne and about the elders and the four beasts and fell before the throne on their faces and worshipped God. And I said unto Him, 'Sir, Thou knowest,' and he said to me, 'These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.'” So in these verses, we have another aspect of worship. To this great multitude of people that no man could number and all the angels and we know they are without number and they all fell on their faces and they worshipped God. And the question was raised who are these people, and where do they come from? The answer was given and all of these people have come out of great tribulation. Every one of these people that have been worshipping God have come out of great tribulation, the tribulation they have come from produced in their live a feeling to fall on their faces and worship God.

This word tribulation has come from an old Latin word tribula and tribula was an ancient dressing implement to use to thrash the grain. To separate the grain from the chaff and separated the wheat from the dross, separated that which had substance from that which had no substance and separated that which had value from that which did not have value. So this was a work of separation. God can bring a work of separation about in our lives and that will always move us to worship God. That is another wonderful aspect of worship. So every one of those people that made up that vast multitude, God had led them through experiences that had separated them from that which was ungodly and unacceptable in their life. That separation that they had they loved it because they knew that they were dealing with God.

God separated light from darkness and land from sea and God saw that was very good. And then later, He separated Cain from Abel and so the work of separation goes on and on and we can have a love for it and an appreciation for it to worship God. All these people were bought through experiences that lead to a separation in their lives and that is what moved them to worship God. The same thing applies to you and I today. God is still doing a work of separation and there are very good reasons for God to lead us through certain experiences to separate us from that which has no value to that which has value. And we are here today because we have experienced the separating of the work of God. The older I get, the more I appreciate this work of separation of God. I appreciate more each day the separation that God has bought into my life by the gospel. It may be a good study some time to read about the times Jesus lead the disciples through stormy and hard experiences that bought a separation into their lives and added a spiritual quality into their lives that they otherwise would not have had.

Moses is probably a perfect example of this work of separation. It says when Moses became of years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God there and enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Esteeming the reproach of Christ rather than have the treasures of Egypt. He had the respect of the recompense of the reward. Moses was not fearing the wrath of the king. Moses was separated from Egypt and anything that belonged to Egypt. That is just a little sample of the workmanship of God through the gospel. To separate us from this world into the miracle of the gospel. I remember there was a time in the ministry I used to tell people what Moses was separated from Egypt and left the wealth and treasure of Egypt behind. Then the thought came to me, "You are telling people about things and you’re giving them the impression that Moses left something good behind." Left something worthwhile behind in Egypt and I knew that was not right.

One day, I was reading Isaiah 19 and in the first three verses you read of what Moses left behind. The idols of Egypt, the heart of Egypt, the spirit of Egypt and the Counsel of Egypt. That is what God separated Moses from. Moses was separated from the burdens of Egypt and we read it was simply the spirit of competition. You may have heard the expression, “Keeping up with the Joneses,” just wanting to be like someone else, but a little better, something more than someone else has. The spirit of competition is a terrible burden. I do not know of anything else that puts a greater burden on a marriage, on family life, and on home life. I do not know anything that puts a greater burden on people than this spirit of competition. People need more than others and it puts a huge strain on them and I know people that are far from the kingdom today both men and women and they were destroyed by the burden of competition.

I was talking to a man who was saying he built a big home and had beautiful gardens and he was spending all his time on this and spending no time with his wife and children. He said he thought he was doing the right thing. He said, "I walk through my home now and my children see me as an alien and my marriage is on the rocks." And that was all because of the spirit of competition. Even Moses broke down in tears when God separated him from the burdens of Egypt and I do not think they were tears of regret.

Then the idols of Egypt and an idol is just something that takes the place of God and we worship it. It does not have to be something that has been carved out of a rock. It could be your property, it could be your car, and it could be your family or anything that takes the place of God. Now the heart of Egypt is cold and hard. This world will use you and abuse you and will take everything worthwhile out of your life and if you have nothing more to contribute, they will just drop you. They do not care what happens to you afterwards. And they do not care if you go mad and overdose on drugs and spend the rest to your days in a mental asylum. They do not care if the burden is so great of being rejected and everything taken from you and you take your own life. It is because the heart of this world is hard and cold.

Then lastly, the counsel of Egypt. The Psalmist said, "Men shall praise you when you do well." Peter gave Jesus the counsel of Egypt when he said, "Lord you do not need to suffer and you can save yourself from that." The counsel of this world is to love yourself, please yourself, and do well unto yourself. Do you think Moses wept when God separated him from that? I do not think he wept tears of regret. When God separated Moses from Egypt, they had a quality of worship that they could never have had if Moses was not separated. Moses burst into the most wonderful song ever recorded in the Bible and this helps us to understand that joy and separation go together. The happiest people in all the world are God separated people.

One of the experiences Jesus led Peter through was when He said to Peter, “Satan has desired to have you and sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith fail not and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren." So Jesus allowed the devil to put this experience in front of Peter and it was a shaking experience. Jesus allowed this shaking experience to shake the faults out of Peter’s life. God will allow experiences that will allow Satan to shake our faith, but God wants to shake faults out of our life. This is just another aspect of worship. God will not stop short of separating you from the very worst, to bring you into fellowship of the very best. God will never separate you from anything that is worthwhile. God only wants to separate us from things that will have an adverse effect on His kingdom.

John 4:21-24 is a meeting Jesus had with a lady, “Jesus saith unto her, 'Woman believe Me, the hour cometh when you shall neither in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what, we know what we worship for worship is of the Jews. But the hour cometh and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.;” This to me, it seems to be broken into three separate parts.

The first part of the meeting is like the way the gospel is spoken today. Jesus speaks about the wonderful provision God has made for His people. He speaks about a fountain and the living water and we know in this meeting, Jesus raised the level of the thinking of that woman to a spiritual level. From a natural water that quenches our thirst to a spiritual water that will spring up to everlasting life. And more importantly, will enjoy this throughout the ages of eternity. Jesus spoke about this wonderful substance that will fill our souls and satisfy us for all the days of our life.

Then He went to speak of moral issues. We could say this lady’s religious life was all mixed up and morally, her life was all messed up. Jesus had the remedy. The last part of the meeting was devoted to worship. You must worship Him in spirit and in truth. That is a worship God is looking for from you and me. To worship God in spirit is to worship Him from the very depths of our hearts, to worship Him from the very centre of our being and with all the love and affection and appreciation that we have. God’s truth and to worship God in truth and know-how to worship in truth is contained in this book the Bible. We want to worship God so that He can bless us.

Harriet was telling us of people who worship and do not correspond with God and God could not accept it. We are thankful we have the truth in the Bible and we can worship according to the Bible. The Bible does not tell us anything about a child being christened and the baptism of a little child that cannot make up their mind and do not know what is taking place. That is not according to the scripture, therefore we do not want to worship in that way. A man or a woman who wants to become a preacher of the world - they spend years at university or a Bible College and that is not according to Scripture. You do not read anywhere Jesus attended a Bible study and He did not send His disciples to a Bible College. Jesus said, "I will make you fishers of men." If someone goes to a Bible College to learn how to preach, they will preach according to the Bible College and it will not be according to the truth. When I came here, Larry never asked me, "Max, what are you going to tell these people?" The same teacher that taught me is the same teacher that taught Larry and taught John and taught the sister workers here. Jesus said, "I will make you fishers of men and I will teach you." Going to a Bible College is not according to the truth, and we would not want to worship in that way.

Then a person goes out preaching and he has a house, or a property or a car and that is not according to the truth. We are so thankful we have the example set by Jesus so we know how to worship in truth. So to worship in spirit is the unseen secret part of our worship, but to worship God in truth is more the visible part of our service. We can worship God according to the truth, because God has supplied the truth. It is not our responsibility, it is God’s responsibility and it is not man’s responsibility to supply the truth. God has supplied the truth and it is our responsibility to worship in the truth.

The Bible speaks about the spirit of unity. We can all do that and supply that and that is why we can have fellowship together. How does God create this unity? The Psalmist said, “He fashioneth their hearts alike.” It means God is doing a work in my heart and it is identical to what He is doing in your heart. Your heart is like mine and that is how we enjoy this wonderful fellowship together. The Bible speaks about a humble spirit and we can also apply that and it could be harder for some others, but we can all arrive at that.

At the end of the meeting, that lady left her empty pot and went into the city with her heart full to share with others of what Jesus shared with her. So that woman, one of the most important possessions she had and she could not live without that water pot and yet it was so limited. So the thing that seemed so important in her life, she left it empty at the well. "I will not need that again." Her heart was overflowing and when things in your life and mine and when Jesus speaks to us and the things that we felt we could not do without and could not exist without and we realise we do not need them anymore. "Jesus has put something into my heart and I will not need that again." We could be like this lady and leave behind an empty pot and go out with a heart that is overflowing.

Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Worship doesn’t exist in these verses but I like another translation and it puts it like this, “therefore I urge you brothers and sisters you of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy acceptable unto God this is a spiritual act of worship.” Or this is your true and proper act of worship. This speaks of worship and sacrifice. We have become the recipients of the mercy of God and we appreciate that and we have enjoyed so much of it, we want to do give something back to God. There is a place for sacrifice and for natural sacrifice. And there is a great place for spiritual sacrifice and that is the sacrifice to do with worship. And Samuel said to Saul, "It is better to obey than to sacrifice." A spiritual sacrifice is a sacrifice we make in support of the Holy Spirit. To support and strengthen the Holy Spirit. It is easier to sacrifice than to obey, but it is better to obey than sacrifice. Because obedience is the sacrifice of our will. We want to worship God in that way.

I notice there are two things in this chapter that make up the sacrifice. He said, "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed." That is part of the sacrifice that leads to good worship that God can accept. To be conformed means to be made like. But to be transformed means to be made different. The Lord wants to make us different so we do not fit into this present evil world, but we will fit into the world that is to come. A lot of people think of sacrifice with horror. We could think by giving something to God as a sacrifice we are losing. The miracle of sacrifice the more we give, the more God gives us in return, the more we do for God the more He does for us. God just keeps giving and giving and the little we give seems so small.

We read in the Old Testament of the days of Hezekiah. I have no real proof of this but I am prepared to say this 16 years before the reign of Hezekiah, no Passover feast had been made and was neglected for 16 years. Then Hezekiah came to the throne and things changed. It tells us in this great Passover feast when the burnt offering and a sacrifice was made the song of the Lord began. So that helps us understand the sacrifice and joy go together. The happiest people in all the world are God’s sacrificing people.

And we have an example of that with Hannah when she gave her son back to God. And she burst into one of the most beautiful songs we have in the Bible. That helps us to understand that by sacrificing, it is a wonderful way we can worship God.

I appreciate the sacrifice that Abraham was prepared to make of his son, Isaac. The son he loved and his whole life was bound up in that boy. Abraham and Sarah were past bearing children and then God stepped into the picture and man’s extremity became God’s opportunity. Isaac was born and he was the light of their eyes and he was the future and he was a type of Christ. And then God said, "Will you sacrifice him?" And Abraham took Isaac and his two servants and then he said to the two servants, "You wait here while I and the lad go yonder to worship and come again." And that is what it is all about and Abraham never looked upon it as sacrifice, but had faith in something he had never seen before, and he knew, "If I have to kill my son I will do it, because I know God will raise him again because all the promises hinges on this boy," and he had absolute faith that God would raise him again. We know how the story ended and God did not require to do that. And it helps us to value and appreciate that sacrifice and worship go hand-in-hand together. Here we have a little picture of the different aspects of worship. Worship is all to do with our willingness for separation and worship God in spirit and in truth and our sacrifice distributes to the worship that God can accept.