Daniel 3:1-7 / True Worship (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on September 16, 2012


This is the sixth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Daniel. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of September 16, 2012. This message deals with true worship, as opposed to satan’s counterfeit worship. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Daniel 3:1-7 / True Worship

As we begin this chapter, we find that Nebuchadnezzar has built a gold image that is 9ft wide and 90ft tall.
When Daniel explained the massive image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he identified Nebuchadnezzar as the head of gold. Perhaps he was not content to merely a head of gold, and wanted his kingdom symbolized by an entire image of gold. Whatever the motive, we can be sure that the underlying reason was pride.

This was a man-made image, an no idol made by human hands has any power.

Psalm 115:4-7

Worshipping (even bowing down to) anything other than God is a clear violation of the first and second commandments.

Exodus 20:3-5

All of the officials (the important people) were required to attend the dedication.

This must have been a glorious ceremony of great pomp and circumstance.

What an impressive display it must have been, with all of the movers and shakers in one place, as they stood before the image.

The command went forth! They were to bow down and worship the image, on cue!

Notice the use of music as part of the worship.

Satan is the great counterfeiter!

God uses music for His glory, and satan uses it for evil.

Satan, in fact, was a musician. So this must have been right up his alley.

Ezekiel 28:13

A timbrel would be like a tambourine or a small drum. These, along with the pipes tells us that satan had the makings of both percussion and wind instruments built right into his very being.

This is just one more of satan’s perversions of what God created to be holy!

Even today, music is often used for unholy purposes, but that is not the way God designed it to be.

The penalty for not worshipping the image was death in a fiery furnace.

Again, this is one of satan’s counterfeits!

The penalty for rejecting Christ is a fiery death in hell.

The penalty for not worshipping the image was death in a fiery furnace.

Satan; however has no control over eternity. Death in the furnace would be almost instantaneous. After which, he couldn’t harm you any farther.

Death in hell, on the other hand, continues for all eternity.

Isaiah 66:22-24

Mark 9:43-44

Satan, at times, may be able to take life, but he cannot give life. Christ is the giver of life.

John 1:4

John 5:26

John 6:40

Satan is nothing but a fake, a counterfeit! Oh, how easily we can fall prey to a cheap knock-off!

Right on cue, the people worshipped. There was no decision to be made here, it was a matter of life and death.

True worship; however, is not forced. True worship is always voluntary. It is an act of love.

Forced worship cannot be true worship, because its not done out of love.

Romans 12:1

Some translations use the word service, and some use worship.

There is a reason for that, the underlying greek word can be translated either way.

As it turns out, worship and service are interdependent.

“worship” when properly understood, is probably the better translation, and service is but one aspect of true worship.

There are many things which comprise worship: prayer, praise, awe, reverence, fear. . . and. . . service. (that is not an all inclusive list)

We tend to view worship strictly as a spiritual thing. In fact, we are told to worship in “Spirit”

John 4:23-24

Philippians 3:3

That does not mean that we enter some transcendental (mystical) state, it simply means that we are yielded to and in obedience to the Holy Spirit.

So, while we tend to look at worship in strictly a spiritual sense, there is a practical aspect to it as well. That element is service.

Service is actually a necessary part of worship.

While it may be possible to serve without actually worshipping (i.e. simply going through the motions, without faith Hebrews 11:6), it would be impossible to truly worship God without serving Him in some way.

Service is the outward expression of our love and devotion to Him.

All of the aforementioned elements (prayer, praise, awe, reverence, fear, service, etc.) are a part of worship, none of them, by themselves, comprise worship in its entirety.

When the Giver of Life touches you, you WILL worship Him. . . through prayer, praise, song, reverence and service.

You WILL want to!