50/365 Days of Blogging.
In today’s world there is much confusion as to HOW we are supposed to worship God. There are over 600 different religious denominations, each one with a different doctrine and different beliefs, who think that their way of worshiping God is the RIGHT way. Many of these ways are contrary to what He says in the Bible about worship. As we sing, give, partake in The Lord’s Supper, and the Word is proclaimed from the pulpit, we must be very careful to do all of these things we call worship, in accordance with God’s instruction from the Bible.
What is the purpose of worship? The purpose of worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please God. Our worship must show our adoration, and loyalty to Him for all the grace and mercy that He has give us by sending His Son to die on the cross so we could be saved from our own selfishness.
John 4:23-24 says this “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“God is spirit” means he is not a physical being limited to one place. He is present anywhere, at anytime. It is not where we worship that counts, but the attitudes of the worshippers. Is your worship genuine and true? Do you worship the Lord your God in Spirit and in truth? God wants us to worship Him with everything He has given us. Our bodies, our minds, our souls, our money, our children, and yes even our own spirits. One can only truly worship God once you have given him everything that He has given us. Our Worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop Christ-like character. When we worship God, we tend to value what God values, and gradually we begin to take on the Christ-like qualities that God so desires for us to have.
Worship is not for our entertainment. So many times I have heard a person leave a church with the mindset that they “didn’t get anything out of the service.” It is a selfish act to attend worship with the preset that attending a worship service doesn’t satisfy some need of our own. When our emphasis is not on the proper object of worship, which is God, then we are never going to be satisfied with any worship service in any church. People want to “do their own thing” whether that be traditional, contemporary, or just habits that they have grown up with since childhood. We must be concerned with whether our worship is pleasing to God, and not worshiping with what WE have to offer Him.
Hebrews 13:15 says this…”Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” In worship we must be the participants not the observers.
Attending Worship. The blessings we receive from faithful attendance in worship are far more than what we could ever imagine. In Hebrew 10:25-27 it tells us this: “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.” When we fail to attend worship, except for sickness or circumstances beyond our control, we not only disobey God but we are robbing ourselves of all the blessings that God gives us to help us grow spiritually stronger.
When people fall away from God, it usually starts with missing Wednesday night bible study. Then it is easier to miss another Wednesday night. Then Sunday rolls around and we find an excuse to not attend sunday school and just show up for worship. This may go on for a while and then all of a sudden we miss one Sunday morning worship and before you know it we aren’t even attending at all and months have passed and we can’t seem to get back in the habit of going. We should always look forward to the opportunity to worship God.
Prayer. In prayer we show our total dependence on God who created all things. In prayer we give praise, honor, glory, and reverence to His Holy Name for His greatness and His mercy, and His grace. We recognize Him as the source of all of our blessings. It is also an outpouring of our hearts desire. Our prayers must come from our heart.
In Matthew 6:5, the Bible tells us “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
Verse 7 says “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
If we pray with haughty attitude, or pray to impress others, then God will not acknowledge our prayer. God wants us to pray to Him not for the benefit of others around hearing what a grand prayer we can recite.
Giving. Because everything we have belongs to God and was given to us by Him, we should be more than willing to give back to Him. In John 3:27 John the Baptist continued to baptize even after Jesus came. Why didn’t he become a disciple too? John explained that because God had given his work, he had to continue it until God called him to do something else. John’s main purpose was to point people to Christ. Even with Jesus beginning his own ministry, John could still turn people to Jesus.
Like John, we should be willing to give up everything required of us by God. If God says to give back 10% to Him in our giving of our finances, then we should be willing to give up 20%. If God says give up one hour a day to study His word, we should be wiling to give up 2 hours.
Singing. Singing praises to God is not only a wonderful opportunity to praise Him, it is a commandment from Him. We are to lift our voices to praise and worship Him. Lifting holy hands when we sing is something that God not only wants to see and hear, He wants us to do all this in honor and praise of Him. God deserves all of our respect and praise. Not just sitting during the singing portion of worship and being a pew warmer.
Preaching. In today’s day and age, preaching the Word from the pulpit is unheard of. Most preachers want to tell little feel good stories that make us all warm and fuzzy inside. This gives us a false sense of hope that God accepts our sin as “being ok” when in fact it is actually the one thing he hates.
The Bible warns us of false prophets and not to be deceived by them. If you attend a church that preaches the Truth, that is the Word of God, then chances are, you are in the right place of worship. Sometimes the Truth can hurt. Especially if comes from God’s word because we know that we have no choice but to follow it, if we want to walk a path that involves a relationship with the Lord. John 8:32 tells us: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Altar Call. An altar call is the perfect culmination of a worship experience. An experience where you can show God how much you appreciated being able to worship Him by kneeling and thanking him for his blessings and leaving all your burdens at that altar for Him to take care of. A good ol fashioned altar call is not done enough in our church in today’s day and age. When an altar call is not given, we have missed an opportunity to not only give someone the opportunity to give their lives to Jesus, but to lay our burdens at His feet and not carry them around like excess baggage.
Our Worship is to be holy and sacred, because it is God we are supposed to be worshipping. We must approach God with humility in showing Him reverence and respect by worshipping him the way He wants us to worship Him. If we worship God in our own way, in ways not commanded by Him in the Bible, then it is disrespectful to Him. It is evident that many churches today are trying to worship God after the will of man…not the will of God.
How are you worshipping God? Are you worshiping Him in a way that is pleasing to Him or that pleases your self and keeps you comfortable?