WORSHIP – TRUE WORSHIP: A believer’s heartfelt expression of love, admiration, wonder and awe which comes totally from the inside (the heart) then out; an overall expression to God… this is my Father’s utmost interest!
Acts 2:47: …praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Eph 5:18-20 – Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But why worship?
· Our Father commands and demands it.
Psalm 150:1-6, Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
· Our Father desires, deserves and is all so worthy of it.
Rev 5:11-14 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”
The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
· Above all, our Father loves and rewards worship.
Exodus 23:25 – worship the Lord your God and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.
John 4:23-24 – Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
What happens when we worship?
Our Father reveals, speaks and grants direction to us when we truly worship. Shackles and obstacles are broken (remember the wall of Jericho?). He is well pleased. Most of all, worship modifies/edifies us and takes us to a state of unity and oneness with God. Like St. Augustine once said, “Qui bene cantat bis orat”, “he/she who sings well prays twice”
Ps 22:3-6 – Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disgraced.
2 Chron 20:22-23 – AS THEY BEGAN TO SING AND PRAISE, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
True worship is showing God’s tremendous work in our lives. It takes time, zeal, passion, desire a willing heart (and even more). It comes first from having a personal relationship with God.
Worship time is God’s time! An important, serious and valuable moment.
Any rules for worship, how to position one’s self?
Nope! Any how you wonna worship; as the Spirit leads. There is no specific/particular posture for worship (you can kneel, stand, clap your hands, close your eyes, sit, lie down, roll on the floor, jump, lift your hands or even none of these…) just be sure to worship with the most important ingredient: A WILLING & all ENCOMPASSING HEART!
Never forget that you’ve been made for worship and called to worship, don’t let the stones take your rightful place. (Luke 19:40 But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”)