6 Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before
the LORD our Maker.
7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, – - –
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer,
without anger or disputing.
WORSHIP IS A PRIVILEGE
Worship is the adoring reverence, honor, devotion, adulation exaltation and homage we render unto our God. It is in our worship that we truly glorify and honor Him. With holy hands raised to Heaven we rendered unto Him all the praise, glory, admiration and reverence that is due Him and we magnify His Holy Name. It encompasses and is expressed through our thoughts, feelings and actions (deeds), and this is done either privately or publicly. We do this through our joyful singing and by our grateful vocal utterances. This, if anything is what man was created for, this is what touches the heart of God and brings His Holy Presence and glory into our lives. The nature of our worship that God accepts is when we prostrate our souls before Him in a contrite and humble spirit fully submitted to Him.
When we worship, it would mean more if our hearts were empty of words than our words be without heart.” Think about the times you have recently spent in worship, has your worship been mere words or more from your heart? If our worship does not come from our hearts, then it is just a ritual and not worship at all. In the end our worship can never be a mere performance, something we are pretending or putting on, it’s got to come from an overflow of our hearts… This represents from us a very reverent, humble and personal attitude towards God in the beauty of Holiness, giving unto Him the Glory that is due Him. That is why we all need a quiet place where we can be alone with Him.
Worship is also giving back to God the best He has given to us. Whenever we get a blessing from God we ought to give it back as a love gift from us His grateful children for this is a deliberate act of worship. If we try to hold onto or keep this gift only for ourselves, never sharing it or giving it back to Him it will decay and become as spiritual dry rot. Do you remember when God supplied the Manna to the children of Israel and they tried to keep it and hoard it when they where told not to do this? If you remember, this blessing rotted on them overnight. It is part of our worship to give back to God what He supplies us with so that it becomes a blessing to others as well. When we share what God gives us it will never run out. The Tithe is a good example of giving back to God what He has blessed us with regardless of what others think about tithing..
When we enter into Worship and Praise we need to remember who we are doing it for, who is it intended for? It is not for show to those around us it is for an audience of ONE, this ONE is the only audience we should be concerned about, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, coming King. We shouldn’t worry about what someone may think, our desire should be to please Him and Him only. We also need to be careful that we are not critical as to how others Worship and Praise Him. When we laud, when we extol Him, when we acknowledge that He alone is Worthy of our admiration, our sincere Praise, our Homage, we literally touch the heart of God. Our Worship and Praise is an outward sign to the world around us of our love to the one who gave His life for us.
23 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.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit
I know of no act that brings into the life of a believer such a mixture of emotions, as when we enter into God’s presence with true worship, with emotions such as joy and exuberance along with weeping, humbleness, exaltation, and sometimes all of these at the same time. We are not told that we can worship Him in anyway we want to. It says we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. This is a must for there is no other way for our worship to be acceptable to Him. The Word tells us that God is seeking for true worshippers those who will worship Him from their hearts in accordance with His will as outlined in His Word. When we worship God we need to realize what we are doing and that it is a serious matter and we must not enter into it lightly or frivolously. When we worship Almighty God we should never approach Him with demands – we should come into His presence and always approach Him with godly Fear, with Awe and Reverence.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in
the Kingdom of Heaven.
Worship is an inherent [permanent, inseparable] characteristic of a true follower of Jesus Christ. It is a distinct quality that is easily recognizable in the person’s lifestyle. It is an act that comes to one as naturally as breathing. It is something that flows from the heart and brings a spiritual joy to the one who reaches out to the Father above. Worship is the ordered response of the believer, both individually and corporately to the revelation one receives of Almighty God. He alone is worthy of our worship which renders unto Him all honor, glory, adoration and praise. These are the elements that form our worship, the kind of worship that flows from our innermost beings, upward to the very heart of our creator. He and He alone should be the object of our worship. Our worship should be designed so as to draw us closer to Him so that we can become more like Him and be strengthened in Him.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt
His name together.
Worship is the believer’s way of recognizing and expressing the worthiness of God to receive special honor as we contemplate His holiness, His marvelous grace, and His never failing love and all of this is due to Him from those who love Him. Our very best worship is due to Him and He has ordained the manner in which we are to do this in His Word not by the dictates of men. When we worship God according to the rules of men instead of the commandments of God then our worship is in vain. If our worship is done in vain then it is insincere, empty and hollow and is rejected by God. Man ordained worship would be considered an insult to Him and will dishonor Him.
I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own;
it is not for man to direct his steps.
They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but
rules taught by men.’
ABSENCE OF SELF
The true worshiper comes into God’s divine presence with such Godly fear and deep reverence that he can only lie prostrate before Him. Our worship will also edify and strengthen us and create in us a God-like and Christ-like character. For we tend to become like the one we worship whether in the spiritual life or in the physical life. We see this in the secular world all the time as people try to emulate, to act and look like famous singers, movie stars, athletes, etc. As we become more and more like Christ we sense that all self is being removed. We sense our unworthiness as we meditate on His Holiness, and we cry out like the prophet Isaiah;
“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips,
and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes
have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is like
They fell on their faces before the throne and Worshiped God.
Our worship belongs to our Heavenly Father, Almighty God, and to no one else or anything else. He makes it very clear to all who open the sacred pages of His Living Word; that what He has said He means and He means what He has said, count on it. Many come to the worship service to see what they can get out of it instead of what they can contribute to it and give back to God. The emphasis in our worship is and should always be God. In to many churches today we see the emphasis put on how to entertain people, keep them interested and happy. The congregations have become spectators instead of participants and what is being done is to appeal to their emotions and entertain them. We need to remember, if there are to be any spectators at a worship service it will be God not us. The sacredness of the worship service in today’s churches is being sacrificed on an alter of entertainment. As a people who profess to love and worship God we need to become more God-centered and less people-centered. We read nothing in the Bible where it says that our worship service should be designed to entertain the worshippers.
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?
Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to
please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Exodus 20:3, 5
3 You shall have no other gods before Me.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for
I the Lord your God am a jealous God – - – -
For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God
a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of our lips that confess His name.
When God chose to reveal Himself to man, the human response was an overwhelming feeling of fear, deep reverence, admiration and a need to worship. Whether out of Godly fear or love or both, man could only respond one way; he had to fall on his knees or on his face in worship before this awesome, holy God. It is good when we do this willingly, out of love and reverential awe for one day every knee will bow before Him whether they want to or not. It is in the Bible that we find the acceptable way in which we are to worship God. Since the Bible is the Truth of God then we need to worship Him according to His Word for He says we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. God is not obligated to accept our worship if it is offered to Him contrary to what His Word says.
For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall
bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it
leads to death.
When we truly enter into worship and we open our hearts and our mouths and begin to praise our Lord and set our minds on His wondrous love, all thoughts of self dissipate. All our problems are put behind us, all our complaints are forgotten, spiritually and physically we are renewed, strengthened. We are in a place where we literally enter into God’s Holy presence and where He receives us and embraces us. Only His saints can enter into His presence, this realm of holiness where God and His Son dwell in Righteousness. So never let the cares of this brief life keep you from taking the time each day to kneel and thank Him. I realize today you may be facing a serious health issue, or your marriage may be in trouble, or you are dealing with a huge financial problem, or you need a job, or someone you love has recently died, or you are battling with some sort of addiction, or a myriad of other problems. It doesn’t matter what your problems may be. Take a few minutes right now, forget about your problems, make a concentrated effort to put everything out of your mind and simply focus on God. Now, say THANK YOU FATHER! Say it Again, and Again, and Again. Tell God you love Him. Tell God you worship and adore Him. Try to forget about everything else for a few moments and simply concentrate on God and thank Him for His loving kindness!!! Pay attention to what I am saying, thanking God is not going to make all of your problems disappear. What it will do is bring joy to your heart, peace into your mind, and give you a renewed sense of hope and strength as you face the day to day trials life may bring your way. Hold tightly to His promises for they are Yea and Amen – ALWAYS.
Psalm 29: 1,2
1 Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His
name: worship the LORD in the splendor
of His holiness.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into
His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and
bless His name.
Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His footstool;
He is holy.
1 Chronicles 16:29
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name. Bring an
offering and come before Him; worship the LORD in
the splendor of His holiness.
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Public worship in the days before Christ came was done mostly in the Temple. In the New Testament times they met for worship in the temple or homes as well as Synagogues. Worship in those times was an essential part of the believer’s life; it characterized the believers in the local churches. The Temple, then centuries later church buildings, were built for a specific purpose and that purpose was worship. They were places for like minded believers to meet together to worship their God and render unto Him the Praise that is due Him.
Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together,
We are commanded to assemble, gather together for a specific purpose and that is Worship. We need to have the fellowship of other believers for in unity there is strength. Through the Body we are able to send up a volume of Praise and Worship that is pleasing to the heart of our Heavenly Father. We also send a message to the world that His church is alive and well. Are you one of the members that make the Body of Christ whole and visible? Without U something is missing and the body is not healthy and whole.
Therefore, if the Temples built by the hands of men were created for the express purpose of people gathering to worship God then we can ask the question that has been asked many times over, what were we created for? There is an answer in God’s Word and it can be seen over and over, “The Father is seeking those to worship Him.” We were created to Worship and fellowship with our Creator as He desires for us to do
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.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are the Temple of God and that
the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is the Temple of the
Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God,
and you are not your own?
It stands to reason, if we are His building, His Temple, then we were created for the express purpose of worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. We reach our fullest potential in the Kingdom of God when we give ourselves wholly unto Him to love and worship Him for no other reason than we want to, freely, because we love Him. We actually become a sweet fragrance to Him and He inhabits our praise.
2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those
who are being saved .
When God chose to reveal Himself to man, the human response was one of reverential fear and awe. Man could only respond one way; he had to fall on his face and worship Him.
They fell on their faces before the throne and Worshiped God,
“TWO FORMS OF WORSHIP”
The essence of worship, the substance of worship, is in two forms. The one that we are familiar with and associate with worship is praise. The other is not usually related to worship and that is service. We will look at what the Word says about praise and service.
Therefore through Jesus let us continually offer the sacrifice
of Praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks
to His name.
True worship involves various expressions such as prayer, confessing of sins, music, singing, and praise. It also contains certain attitudes such as, humility, submission, rejoicing, reverence, obedience, and thanksgiving. In local assemblies, corporate worship is usually led by an ordained Pastor, or a trained lay leader. The meetings are held in churches or buildings that have been dedicated to God for the express purpose of worship. These leaders usually set the tone or the theme for the type of worship service they will conduct.
However, we do need to understand that it is the individual’s personal praise that forms the foundation for the worship that is done in an assembly or church body. Whether it is done individually or corporate, it is through worship that the believers find their highest purpose by adoring and praising God. There are three expressions of worship that are recognized by the church body that expresses a high moment of praise for the child of God and are a form of worship, they are;
The Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion:
This is when we remember all that Jesus has done for us in His body. We remember His suffering, death and shed blood as He hung on the cross and His resurrection.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:
The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread,
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This
is my body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup
is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it,
in remembrance of Me.”
26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim
the Lord’s death until He comes.
Water Baptism, an act we take very seriously, where we are spiritually buried with Him as we are immersed in the water and we rise to newness of life with Him as we come up out of the water. By this act of Obedience we identify ourselves with Him in His death and His resurrection and through this we walk with Him in the newness of life. It is necessary and a command to be Baptized in Water as soon as possible once a person is Born Again.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Since worship is a means of giving something back to God, then our tithe, the cheerful giving of a portion of our income for the furtherance of His Kingdom, His work here on earth is certainly an act of worship as are the other two events we just covered. We give out of our abundance or out of our little and as long as it is done with a cheerful heart we are obeying His command and it is a form of worship. When we give it is a win – win situation, we don’t give to get but we cannot give without getting. Our God is a generous God and He has a very big shovel.
8 Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me. “But you ask,
‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings.
9 You are under a curse-the whole nation of you-
because you are robbing Me.
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that
there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,”
says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw
open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much
blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart
to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God
loves a cheerful giver.
There is something important we want to recognize at this time. No matter what form or style we use when we worship the Lord, there should be only one purpose for it and the end result should be to glorify Him. We must be sure that we do not worship in a way as to draw attention unto ourselves or to anyone else. There is no right position or exclusive form of praise for there are so many ways or positions to pray. The only thing that must be right before God is our heart not our position, it must be humble and sincere when we worship.
I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I
will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.
The Father cherishes our praise; it is a sweet fragrance that rises to His nostrils. He so enjoys our praise that He says He inhabits it, He comes and dwells in our praise. Through our praise we can literally bring God into our worship.
But You are Holy, O You that inhabits the praises of Israel.
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually
be in my mouth.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD!
1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His
presence with singing.
It is through service that we also worship God. We are told to build upon the foundation that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. The Word tells us that faith without works is dead and we will give an account of our works. So more and more we see that service is part of our worship to God. Many express a desire to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity. Service is the part we play in doing the will of God and identifying with His Devine Nature. Service comes out of the natural part of our lives when we have come into a personal relationship with Him and understand the call He has placed upon us. Our service is an expression of this as His will and ours work together in unison to that call and we serve Him faithfully and humbly in the ordinary ways of our lives that through this He may be glorified.
1 Corinthians 3:11-13
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that
which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will
declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and
the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
We all have been given the command to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” We have been given different gifts to enable us for the job that lies before us. We are to use our talents wisely, so that when our Master returns He will be pleased with what we did with them. We are to serve Him with gladness of heart.
Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom which
cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we
may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable
always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that
your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due
season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker
who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not
use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love
serve one another.
Our service to God is very important. Our salvation does not depend on it but our reward in Heaven does. We are not only to do the work of our hands, but we are also to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him. We worship Him with our praise and with our service. We all want to hear Him say, “Well done, you good and faithful servant.” It’s up to us as to whether or not we hear Him say that to us and it is our works done while here on earth that will determine what we receive and what we will hear Him say..
For God will bring every work into judgment, including
every secret thing, whether good or evil.
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of
Christ that each one may receive what is due him for
the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Judgment Seat Of Christ
ATTITUDE AND HABITS
When we come before the Lord in worship, we must come with the right kind of attitudes. We approach Him with only the purest of motives, looking for nothing but to honor Him and to please Him with our praise. Our attitudes should include such things as Faith-Reverence- Humbleness – With A Contrite Spirit-Weeping- Adoration- Awe- Obedience- Submission and Thanksgiving.
A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit
will retain honor.
For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity,
whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with
him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit
of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
As we actively engage in true worship we will notice certain habits or actions forming in our character. These will tend to become second nature to us. These habits or actions were seen in the daily lives of the believers as is recorded in the Scriptures. Such things as:
— Praying continually – Together and individually.
— Breaking of bread together.
— Praising God continually.
— Giving- selling their possessions and dividing them with those in need.
— Fellowshipping steadfastly with one another.
— Giving thanks always for all things.
— Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
— Making melody in their hearts to the Lord.
19 Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your
heart to the Lord,
20 Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and
43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and
miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything
45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to any
one as he had need.
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the
temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and
ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who
were being saved.
As we open our hearts and worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, we can be sure that His heart is truly blessed. The heavens will be glad and the earth will rejoice when we give Him the glory due unto His Holy Name. True worship originates from the heart and results in behavior that reflects where our minds, hearts and spirits are at this moment of worship. We need to realize that whenever we worship we are in the supernatural presence of Almighty God and His Precious Son, Jesus Christ.
TOUCHING THE HEART OF GOD
The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you
with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
The Father lives in our praise to Him, He rejoices when we out of pure hearts desire to worship Him. It is in our worship that we catch a glimpse of the beauty of His holiness, His awesome Majesty, His heart reaching out towards His people. To know that a voluntary act on our part can touch the very heart of God is almost beyond our comprehension, but it is true. God came down from Heaven, took on Himself the form of man, gave His very life to show His love for us and all He asks in return is our love and our worship. Can we give any less? There are no Biblical restrictions on worshipping the Lord except a broken and contrite spirit. Some church’s put restrictions on worship such as the clapping of hands, vocal words of praise, shouting, raising of hands, weeping, kneeling and dancing, yet these are all acceptable to God and pleasing to Him when done from a pure heart of Worship.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
I don’t think I will ever understand how Blood bought, redeemed sinners can sing some of the songs or hymns that glorify our Savior and what He has done for us and not get the least bit emotional and at least a little bit out of the comfort zone they have built around themselves. God is worthy of the most extravagant worship that can emanate from within our minds, hearts and souls. It can be solemn, joyous, loud, soft, slow, fast and it can be convicting, accompanied by our weeping tears of joy. The only approval we seek is the Lord’s and we should never allow our worship to be hindered by what others may say and think. There is so much more that can be written on the subject of worship. As we look to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and trust Him to lead us along the path of true worship, we can only come out at Jesus feet. There is no better place to find ourselves when we reach the end of the road. So let us say to all the peoples and to all the nations, “Our Lord reigns.”
So I will close with these words;
1 Chronicles 16:23-29
23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim the good
news of His salvation from day to day.
24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders
among all peoples.
25 For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He
is also to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD
made the heavens.
27 Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness
are in His place.
28 Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples; give to the
LORD glory and strength.
29 Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering,
and come before Him. Oh, Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
“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.
Psalm 95: 6-7
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before
the LORD our Maker.
7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, – -