Psalms 138:2 A Place, Person and Plan for Worship

Psalms 138:2 (KJV)
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

I see three of the key components of worship within this verse:

  • A place to worship
  • A Person to worship and
  • A plan for worship

Worship always involves a place of God’s choosing.
Rebellious man has decided that God can be worshipped anywhere he pleases. While this might seem truthful, it places the wrong one in control of worship and thereby nullifies that worship. If we are not submissive to God we are not in worship. The place of worship in the New Testament era is in a local (I believe, Baptist) church.

The mention of God’s name is here found twice.
It is an obvious reference to Jesus and reminds us that we worship God by Christ. He is the High Priest Who opened the way that we may come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Finally is the reference to God’s Word.
He has magnified His Word even above His name. To worship God without Christ is heresy. To come to Christ without the Word is impossible.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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