Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.
How would you define and describe worship?
For many years of my life, I believed worship was a noun. In my limited experience and knowledge, worship was going to church.
It was a revelation to grow in knowledge and come to realize that worship wasn’t just a noun, it is also a verb. I believe with my whole heart that worship is a state of being verb.
When I came to know Jesus as my Savior and Lord, He opened my intellect in ways I could never have imagined. I LOVE the Word of God. I love the Word of God so much that I spend hours studying it and gleaning its meaning with the use of heavy reference books that magnify the meaning of the words in the original language. I find joy in mining the inexhaustible depth of His Word.
Through life experiences and circumstances I have learned to LOVE the God of the Word. I now find joy in His presence and person as well as His Word.
Having come to this revelation, I wonder at how I missed loving the God of the Word for so many years.
No one taught me to love the God of the Word. It is so much easier to teach others to love the Word of God than it is to teach them to love the God of the Word.
Loving the Word of God comes more naturally. It is tangible. We can see it, touch it, hear it…basically we experience it with our senses.
Loving the God of the Word is otherworldly. It is indescribable. However, it is not beyond our reach.
Human beings are created with an innate capability for worship. We are hard-wired to worship. The object of our worship is what needs to be re-directed when we come to salvation through Jesus.
As Americans enter into the Natl. Football League season, I am astonished at the lengths to which humans enter into worshiping their favorite team. I wonder what our churches would look like if we brought that enthusiastic worship into the sanctuary. We could all put on our Jesus jerseys and pray for a victorious church. Well, you get the analogy.
Worship is a state of being
Worship takes place in the church, but it is so much more than that.
Worship is a state of mind, emotion, and being. When we love the Lord, we transfer our worship from the tangible to The Intangible God. The life force within us is dedicated and consecrated to the Holy One of the universe.
Teach Them to Worship
The best way of teaching a disciple to worship the Savior, Jesus and their God, the unseen Creator of the Universe, the unseen Provider, the God of Truth and the God of Justice, etc. is to ask them to stop and examine who God is as He reveals Himself in the Word.
God reveals Himself and who He is throughout His Word, we just need to slow down and pay attention to what He says about Himself.
Reading the Bible is another discipline of the faith, but so is worshiping Him. Teach disciples to slow down and pay attention to what He says about Himself.
Of David. A psalm.
1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.
3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah
Here is what we can know and worship about our God from Psalm 24:
- The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it [v. 1]
- The world and all who live in it are His [v. 1]
- He established the world upon the waters [v. 2]
- He has a hill [v. 2]
- Only the pure can ascend God’s hill [v. 3-4]
- He gives blessing and vindication [v. 5]
- The pure can seek His face [v. 6]
Responding to who He is in Worship
The more we know about our God and Savior, the more effectively we can worship Him.
Do you see anything in the exercise above that is worthy of our praise and worship? If so, how would you respond in prayer?
Methods of Worship
The methods and forms of worship are as diverse as the people who practice them.
Here is a short list to kick-start your worshiping the Lord and teaching others the importance of it:
- Raising Hands
- Open Hands
- Silence in His presence
This short post does not do service to the subject of worship. Please explore for yourself how you express your love and adoration to God. None of us will give the same answers because we are uniquely created by Him to worship Him as He leads.
Practice, practice, practice! The discipline of worship is a lifelong journey of getting to know Him and who He is to facilitate the expansion of our adoration of Him.
Blessings to you in all your endeavors!