Worship Celebrates the Greatness of God

Ezra 3:10-13
by Derek Gentle

True worship celebrates victories from God and the greatness of the person of God

Two key biblical terms for celebrating the greatness of God: Praise and Shout

Ezra 3 has two groups of people: the praisers and the appraisers, the spiritual and the sentimental

1. Praise - To Joyfully Boast in God for His Acts and Greatness

Ezra 3:11 ". . . They praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid"

Lit. - The root word of Hallelujah, to laud, to boast, to celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.

Sometimes, used to mean to act foolish, like a madman. In the KJV, this word is once translated, celebrate (Isaiah 38:18).

To joyfully boast in God for His acts and greatness...

  • To Joyfully - ". . . My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips" - Psalm 63:5

  • Boast in God - "My soul shall makes its boast in the Lord. . . " - Psalm 34:2

  • For His Acts and Greatness - "Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!" - Psalm 150:2
  • "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgements. . . " - Revelation 19:1-2

    "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!'" - Revelation 19:6

    2. Shout - The Enthusiastic Expression of Joy and Triumph in the Lord

    Ezra 3:11 ". . . Then all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house was laid"

    Ezra 3:13 - "The people shouted with a great shout and the sound heard afar off"
    Literally - To shout in triumph, to shout for joy

    ". . . Shout to God with a voice of triumph!" - Psalm 47:1

    "Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!" - Psalm 66:1