Worship. Worship God only!
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are HisOr and not we ourselves; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations!” (Psalm 100).
How do we worship our God? What does it mean to worship God in a way which is pleasing Him? How do we understand the worship? In the Bible worship is mentioned several times but how do we worship Him?
Worship includes several aspects:
- Praises, adoration, glorification - (Psalm 98).
- Thanksgiving - (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20).
- Prayer - (Colossians 1:3; Ephesians 6:18).
- Corporate meetings - (Hebrews 10:25).
- Lord’s supper - (Acts 2:42,46).
- Hearing, listening and studying His Word - (Acts 17:11).
- Giving; helping each other - (2 Corinthians 9:7).
We praise God and thank Him always and for all things. Both when we are alones and when we assemble together. Worshiping includes understanding who God is because only by knowing God’s nature and His love for us, we are able to worship Him in proper way, with joy and with gratitude.
“Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water” (Revelation 14:7).
One of the example of worship can be found in Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
As part of worship is offering to God all who we are and everything what we have. We offer ourselves to Him acknowledging His sacrifice which He has made for us – gave His own Son (John 3:16; Romans 4:25,5:6; Romans 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:21) and thereby saved us from coming wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 5:9). We offer ourselves to God for all goodness which we are receiving daily through His Son Jesus Christ. We serve and worship God daily and we must do it in a way pleasing Him. Everything what we have and who we are, all what we do, think, feel; all our wishes and needs we give up to Him; we hand it all over to Him.
In the Bible God is praised, exalted and glorified by people all the time and every our prayer we should start with praising and thanking Him alone. For when we bless, praise and thank God the Father through Jesus Christ we receive His blessing. And even we have not full knowledge about God yet, I think, the verse in Ephesians 4:19 is already serious reason to praise God and thank Him constantly. God is to be praised all the time, because He is good!
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).
We worship God by praising Him being alones and together with other Christians. We sing songs in our hearts, we revere His name and thank Him. We worship as we pray and sing.
We break bread and drink vine in remembrance of our Lord Jesus, we worship Him alone by remembering His sacrifice and thank Him (Acts 2:42,45-47; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Luke 24:53).
True worship which is good and acceptable to God is worship which comes from the bottom of person’s heart. Worship is absolute trust in God alone. The more we know God the better we understand Him and the more we are able to evaluate Him and give proper praise. And the more we praise Him the more we want to praise Him again, and worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
In worshiping God by our heart’s attitudes we manifest our love, reverence and trust. In the OT there are many illustrations how people worshiped God and we can learn great deal from them. God wants us to worship Him with joy, exultantly and with music. He wants us to dance and to sing for Him with thanksgiving (Psalm 95:2,100:2; Ephesians 5:19).
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16:18).
In any kind of worship the heart attitude is what really matters. God is looking at person’s heart and not on outward appearances. God is looking internally not externally. God looks at things differently than humans do (Galatians 6:7; 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 139:1-2).
God knows every our thought; He knows all our wishes and feelings. He knows every our action and step.
We must worship God and not any mere human being. In the Acts 10:26 we can read about Cornelius how he wanted to worship Peter. Peter rebuked him and said: “Stand up, I am only a man myself.” Only before our God we are allowed to get down on our knees and worship Him alone. Not mere human and not even God’s angels in heaven are to take upon themselves honour what belongs only to Almighty God (Acts 22:8-9; Revelation 19:10).
It is forbidden to worship any creature either they are angels (Revelation 22:8-9) or idols (Galatians 4:8; 1 John 5:21) or Satan. We are to worship only God in spirit and truth (Matthew 4:10; Exodus 23:25).
Jesus gave warnings against pharisaic, hypocritical attitude in Matthew 15:5-8. Pharisees worshiped God in accordance with their own rules as if they were from God.
Therefore, we must worship God in a manner so that the words written in Isaiah 29:13 are not referable to us.
Worship God with pure heart which is full with love, gratitude un holy fear. Worship God in truth and Spirit and see: “to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:6-8).
Worship God by prayer and study His Word so that nothing turn you away from the truth.(Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:15).
Every thing what is forced on people, contrived and listed as necessary service contrary to God’s own Words are already condemned.
“Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence” (Colossians 2:23).
We worship our Lord by loving each other and helping others with what ever needs there may be (John 15:12,13:34; Romans 12:13; 2 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 6:6; Matthew 25:35).
“Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth (Psalm 96:9; 1 Chronicles 16:29).
"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…!”
(Psalm 95:1-3,96:9; Psalm 71:22,92:3; Psalm 144:7,96:9; Psalm 99:5).