Monday, November 2, 2020, 09:36 am

 

To fully understand the power and purpose of worship, it is necessary to first understand the meaning of worship. 

According to a dictionary, worship is a noun meaning: “reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage or any object regarded as sacred. It is a sign of surrender and an altogether abandoning self to God.”

In Romans 12, Paul brings out the fact that worship is a spiritual thing that starts from the inside and begins with our first offering of ourselves.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1)

Before it can become an outward act, worship starts in the heart, and that is why Jesus made a distinction in Matthew 15:8-9

"These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me."

As far as Jesus was concerned, if the heart is not there, then there is no worship, and whatever is done amounts to zero.  All true worship is, in essence, a matter of the heart.

From the above definition, true worship would mean valuing or treasuring God above all things.

Our worship needs to be based on a right understanding of God's nature.

With the above background, let’s look at a few highlights.

 

1. Worship Brings God Pleasure  

First and most importantly, we need to understand that we were created to, above all things, bring God pleasure, and one of the ways of bringing  God pleasure is by worship. 

When people go before a King or a President, they would typically start by praising or talking good of the King or President before they state what has brought them.  As a result, this melts the king's heart or president, and it becomes easy for him to listen to their request. 

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16)

 

"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created " (Revelation 4:11)

 

2. Worship shifts our Focus on God

True worship starts with a desire to honor God, which requires one to have a personal knowledge of God as found in God's word. 

It's important to note that workship is not based on your personal preferences or priorities. It is based on a right understanding of God's nature, and a correct evaluation of God's worth. As a result, worship should take into first consideration, “What does God like and want from me.” This is in stark contrast to the attitude that says, “What do I like, and how do I want to worship?”

 

3. Worship Involves the Surrendering of our Lives

Apostle Paul in Romans 12 brings out the fact that worship is a spiritual thing that starts from the inside and begins with our first offering of ourselves.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1)

 

4. Worship has the Element of Personal Sacrifice

It is easier to worship when times are good or when we have had a big victory. But worship hits it’s pinnacle when it requires us to sacrifice our own feelings and fears to give Him the focus He deserves.

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. (Hebrews 13:15)

 

5. Worship Recognizes the Presence of the Lord in the Midst of His People

When a group of God's people come together to sing His glorious praise, He "inhabits" those praises and, in a unique way, reveals His presence among His people as they worship.

But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)

Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: "For He is good,For His mercy endures forever," that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)

 

6. Worship is What We Need During the Time of Loss and Pain

King David modeled for us what it means to worship in the face of loss and pain when he lost his baby. He prayed earnestly before the death of the baby, but the baby still died. The loss of loved ones is a very painful experience, and especially when it involves one's child.  After the baby died, the Bible tells us—

So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. (2 Sam 12:20)

 

7. Worship Helps us Celebrate who God is and What God has Done

Psalms 100 bring out this so powerfully.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

 

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