A Genuine Faith Means Joyful Worship

What he said to me was, “What are you doing here lieutenant?”

Let me just paint the picture: I’m a brand new, 22 year old Second Lieutenant USMC, and I am standing the watch… When all of a sudden I was awoken by a Captain who is two grades above me, shaking me in my rack, that’s a bed, saying, “What are you doing here, Lieutenant?”

And I say, “I’m sorry sir what’s the problem?”

At that point he kind of nudges me, which is to say he grabs me by my shirt and stands me up because apparently I wasn’t doing something what he wanted me to do.

“What are you doing here, Lieutenant?”

I said, “I’m on duty, I think…”

He’s like, “Why are you still sleeping? It’s 6:30 in the morning. What time does your duty start on Saturday morning?”


“Well, it should have started earlier, now get up and get going!”

Now, I tell you that story simply to ask the question: “What are you doing here?”

What are we doing here, at church this morning? What’s the purpose as God intended it to be?

What we will see out of Psalm 98 is that we are here for Joyful Worship.