“Worship is to stir the conscience for the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination for the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to consecrate the will to the purpose of God” > - William Temple
Worship is experiencing reality, touching life. It is to know and experience the risen Christ in the midst of the gathered community.
God is actively seeking worshipers
“True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for these are the ones the Father seeks to worship” - John 4:23
Worship is our response to the loving openings of the Father's heart. It lights up within us only when the Holy Spirit touches our spirit.
We worship only God.
“You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve” - Matthew 4:10
We praise God for who he is, we give him thanks for what he has done.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” - Mark 12:30
Our life should be full of praise, thanksgiving and worship to the Lord. Hyperactivity can become the enemy of worship.
Jesus is the leader of our worship because:
1) He is alive and present among his people; (your voice and your presence is known)
2) He is alive and present in all his offices; (Priest, Savior and Redeemer)
3) He is alive and present with all his power; (salvation, healing, forgiveness, reconciliation)
4) He is the leader in the sense that he alone decides which instrumentality to use; (preaching, prophesying, singing, music, prayer)
Jesus is the one who directs and directs our actions of worship and worship to the Father, for He is our example of a true worshiper.
Silencing the activity of the flesh so that the activity of the Holy Spirit dominates our way of life will change and improve public worship. It can even take the form of absolute silence.
Old Testament worship was with animals, New Testament worship is in praise.
“...let us always offer to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that confess his name.” - Hebrews 13:15
Exclusively intellectual worship is an aberration. Feelings are a legitimate and important part of the human personality and should be used in worship.
God requires us to sincerely worship physically and intellectually.
1) Worship transforms us;
2) In worship, a greater force opens the way to the sanctuary of the heart;
3) A greater compassion grows in us;
4) It drives us towards greater obedience;
5) Worship is not a narcotic for an escape from the necessities of life;
6) Worship enables us to hear the call to service;
7) Authentic worship leads us to unite with Christ in the war against evil;
Williard Sperry said: “Worship is a deliberate and disciplined adventure into reality.”
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly: instruct and admonish one another in all wisdom, praising God with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts” - Colossians 3:16
Category: Spiritual Disciplines
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