What is worship? What is it not? It’s NOT Entertainment. A plea for authentic worship. God-pleasing worship is in the spirit – and from the heart. Biblical worship is a bowing down – an adoring of God. It is always a verb.
It’s been said that “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God. All this is gathered up in that emotion which most cleanses us from selfishness because it is the most selfless of all emotions – adoration.”
Some churches say, let’s do worship in ways that make us “feel good.” Ways we like, rather than what necessarily pleases God.
What is Worship really for? Worship is God’s Plan. He designed it. It is God’s ultimate purpose for us. God has purposed that His people – the church – be a God-praising people.
Our worship is Christ centered. Christ is the hub. Our worship turns and revolves and focuses around Christ. We focus on giving Him glory. “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36) We acknowledge His greatness – His majesty. God is the subject and object in our worship.
God seeks our worship. The Father seeks worshipers. Those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Worship must be genuine and from the heart (worship in spirit) and in accord with God’s Word (in truth). Worship is living in the Presence of God.
We worship – Because of who He is–God. We thank Him for what He’s done. Worship is saying ‘I love you’ to God. Above all, we want our worship to glorify Him. To please Him.
In contrast, atheism is song-less. At the funeral of that noted agnostic Robert Ingersoll, the funeral notice explicitly stated, ‘There will be no singing.’ But heaven will be vibrant with song. And so must our worship here and now, if it is to be authentic and pleasing to God.
Does our worship please God? Do we honour and reverence Him like we should? Is our worship in order, and in truth. In reverence and in gladness?
Job gave praise to “…God my maker, who giveth songs in the night.”
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)
Streamed live on 6 November 2016 at Church For You, Elizabeth Park, South Australia.