Worship is an open unguarded response to God by which we declare His worth in an intimate manner, leaving Him room to touch us and flood us with His peaceful presence.
Our public worship is going to be a reflection of our private worship…
Jack Hayford says it in this way… “There are no talent shows in heaven.”
God is NOT judging us according to our talents, but rather the content of our hearts!!
WHAT IS PRAISE/WORSHIP?
PRAISE = “to commend, to applaud or magnify” For the Christian, praise to God is an expression of Worship, Lifting-up & Glorifying the Lord.
WORSHIP = in English, to ascribe worth, to pay homage, to reverence. In Hebrew, the word most commonly translated “worship” in the Old Testament means “to prostrate (oneself)”
PROSTRATE = in Webster’s, stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission, bow down, fall down flat, do reverence. In Greek, the word most commonly used in the NT (for worship) means “to kiss the hand, to prostrate oneself.
WHY WORSHIP GOD?
a. He is worthy of our praise: Revelation 4:11 – You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.
b. The Word commands us to: Psalm 95:6-7 – 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; 7 for His is our God and we are the people of His pasture, and the flock under His care.
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Hebrews 13:15 – Through Jesus, therefore, let us CONTINUALLY offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess His Name.
Psalms 146:2 – I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
John 4:23,24 – 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. 24 God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship in Spirit and in Truth.
There are many different ways of praising & worshipping God… singing, clapping, shouting, dancing, playing instruments, lifting up our hands, verbally praising/worshipping God, etc.
It is HOW … we worship! It is HOW… we Praise! Is it onto God? Is it in Spirit and in Truth?
C. Worship Him with Your Lives
Romans 12:1-2 – “Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
We NEED to Worship God more than just what we DO ON SUNDAYS…
Our relationships/ our lifestyle/ our thought-life… should be an ACT OF WORSHIP.
True Worship is understanding WHO God is and responding to Him. It is an intimate and transparent moment where our hearts are totally unguarded before the Father.
In His Grip