True Worship

“Among the greatest privileges afforded to man is the opportunity to worship the Creator–to bow down before him in reverent acknowledgment of Who He is, to thank Him for His goodness, and to offer Him our praise,” wrote Dan Petty in the introduction of the 2005 Florida College Lectures, “True Worship.

“Worship,” Dan wrote, “gives meaning to a life devoted to serving God.”

Dan Petty’s words reminds us that Lord’s Day worship is not to be regarded as a weekly ritual in which we follow a traditional routine without thought, feeling or involvement.

Jesus’s words to the Samaritan woman emphasize the elements of the Scriptural worship.

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. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn, 4:23-24).

Three important thoughts from this passage merit our consideration.

#1 Worship is absolute.

The word “worship” literally means “to kiss the hand towards.” It has to do with awe, homage and adoration.

The old English word was actually spoken as “worth-ship.” It expressed the idea of one’s worth. God is worthy of our worship.

The worship assembly is not to showcase the oratory skills of the preacher, the musical ability song leader or the eloquence of the one leading in prayer. Worship is God-directed.

In the Old Testament God demand absolute reverence when He commanded “You shall have no other gods before me.” He expects no less today.

#2 Worship must be accurate.

From the early worship of Cain and Abel, to the worship of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu to the idol worship during the Judges, Scripture impresses us that God wants us to worship as He authorized.

God cares about correctness. Truth. Accuracy. And worshiping Him as He directs us in his Word.

The book of Acts along with the Epistles reveal that New Testament Christians engaged in communion each first day of the week, praised God in song, offered their heart-felt prayers, financially contributed to support the Lord’s work and listened to the Word of God proclaimed.

Call it tradition, if you want, but it’s an inspired apostolic tradition.

#3 Worship must be Authentic.

Accuracy is not enough. Worship that is spiritless, without passion, and devoid of any feeling is not authentic worship. Christianity is a heart felt religion.

Worshiping God ought to evoke feeling. Joy. Thankfulness. Appreciation, Affection. Awe. And love are all emotions that should stir us in our worship to God.

We ought echo the attitude of the Psalmist who exclaimed, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.”

“If we want to worship in spirit and in truth,” wrote David Jeremiah, “we need to rediscover the capacity to wonder that God placed within each of us.”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

10 Thoughts About Worship I Wish I’d Known Earlier

http://chucklawless.com/2021/06/10-thoughts-about-worship-i-wish-id-known-earlier/

Why Does God Require our Love, Worship, and Praise? Is God Insecure?

https://leewoof.org/2016/02/23/why-does-god-require-our-love-worship-and-praise-is-god-insecure/

10 Thoughts About Worship I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Chuck Lawless

 

As I reflect on my early years as a believer and a young pastor, I realize now how little I knew about worship. I think my worship would have been more focused and powerful had I known some of these things back then:

  1. Corporate worship really matters. COVID has reminded us of what we had taken for granted. The combined praises of God’s people are powerful, especially when we listen to each other worship.
  2. We waste a lot of time in worship services. The time-wasters, in fact, are numerous. Making churchwide announcements that apply to only one group. Preaching disorganized, rambling sermons. Talking too much between songs. I could go on and on. . . .
  3. Many hymns have great theology. As a younger leader, I grew weary with many hymns—but I judged them then more on their sing-ability than on their theology.
  4. Many praise choruses are straight from the Bible. I didn’t always recognize that fact, though, so I missed out on the connection with the Word.
  5. We who were raised on the repetition of “Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me” probably shouldn’t get stressed about repetitive choruses today. I’m not arguing for weak choruses; I’m simply saying that we’ve dealt with similar issues in the past.
  6. It’s okay to raise your hands to praise God in worship. I realize others may differ with me here, but I’ve grown comfortable with worshiping physically and publicly while also praying I not draw attention to myself (I trust).
  7. The worship event ought to be the culmination of our turning our heart to God—not the first step in that direction. If we wait until the worship service to get right with God, we’ll miss much of the point of worship: simply honoring Him as holy. Worship ought to be ongoing even before we gather with believers.

Te rest is at: http://chucklawless.com/2021/06/10-thoughts-about-worship-i-wish-id-known-earlier/

Inspiring Quotes on Worship

1. The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship. By Jerry Kerns

2. When God’s people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure. By Graham Truscott

3. God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation. By Charles H. Spurgeon

4. Worship is an it-is-well-with-my-soul experience. By Robert Webber

5. Without worship, we go about miserable. By A. W. Tozer

6 A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you. By Manley Beasley

7.If we are going to worship in Spirit, we must develop a spirit of worship. By Michael Catt

8. As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life. By Richard Foster

9. Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped. By Jack Hayford

10. Worship must be – Christ centered, Holy Spirit led, a Response to the Father, about Intimacy and Service and always lead to Transformation! By Tim Hughes

11. We must bear in mind, true worship is a matter of the heart and of genuine devotion to God. By Vivien Hibbert

12. Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does. By Warren Wiersbe

Scriptural Worship

I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the church, the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program.’ This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the public service which now passes for worship among us.
—A.W. Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963)

Christian Worship Is a Discipline, Not a Fun Experience

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2020/06/10/worship-is-a-discipline-not-a-fun-experience/

9 Lessons Young Worship Leaders Need to Learn

https://churchleaders.com/worship/worship-articles/299654-lessons-young-worship-leaders-need-learn-david-santistevan.html

Selections from: The Worship God Is Seeking

Passionate worship requires some skill, not in some elitist way, but because we put our all into expressing this worship to God.

Such creativity, freedom and life surely cannot be contained in just one or two songs. Such worship cannot be fully expressed in just one liturgy or style of music.

God designed worship to come to Him from every thing He created.

Psalm 33

God is seeking a worship that reflects His heart. As the truly original artist, He delights in worship that echoes the creativity and passion that He put into creation. He longs for worship that reflects not only the expanse of creation but also the fullest expression of His crown of creation: redeemed humanity worshiping Him from every tongue, tribe and nation. We need to cultivate creativity and artistic expression in our worship, not to impress God, or put our talents on display before Him, but simply because He enjoys it. This is the worship He seeks.

Our worship must move us to this kind of love if it is to be authentic and Christ centered.

Our worship does not isolate us; rather, as we draw near to God’s heart, we are stirred by His longing to see salvation visit the whole earth and to shatter the works of Satan.

Our acts of worship divorced from a lifestyle of mercy and justice create the same effect.

We are to be marked by love, and it is only in such a place that the bonds of injustice and the abuse of power can truly be broken. It is by our love that the world will know that we are disciples of Christ. It is by our love that our worship is marked as acceptable before the King of love Himself It is time for the Church to recover the worship that has love at its core. Love for God that is expressed through love for our neighbor. The worship that God is seeking is a worship that is rooted in love for each other.

– Ruis, David. The Worship God Is Seeking (The Worship Series) (p. 124). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Corporate Worship Values: What Unites Us

http://www.davidsantistevan.com/corporate-worship-values-what-unites-us/