This week in our girlfriends in the word bible study, we focused on praise and worship. It was a real eye opener as the epiphany of what worship really meant came over us. We were missing the intimacy and sacrifice of worship with Our Father?
In church, praise and worship are combined and should be completely seperate. Because they are together we spend way more time on praise an very little; if any at all on worship. The truth is that most churches have gotten into the entertainment business and if we, as the congregation, are not being moved and/or entertained by the music we begin to complain and will abandoned the very place God lead us to for the hearing of His Word. So unfortunately, the church spends a lot more time on entertaining us these days them growing and maturing us; which is what we really need to fulfill our purpose.
We praise God for who He is and for what He has done in our lives. We praise Him when we deem He has done well for us like we do family and friends. Praising God has nothing to do with whether He’s done well by us; we should praise Him because He Is. He is worthy. He is the Most High God. Psalms 150:6 (KJV) says, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” Yes, praise is very important in our relationship with God and our “heart posture” distinguishes the difference between praising a friend and praising God.
Worship requires a deeper place of intimacy with God than praise. Worship is for God and God alone. Luke 4:8 (KJV) says, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Worshiping God isn’t just for Sunday morning service; that’s just one aspect. The scripture says we are to “serve” Him. That’s a lifestyle decision. Worship is a lifestyle.
Worship requires total surrender of self and all that we deem important to us to find that intimate holy place with God. To be nestled tightly between His Spirit and His Word, in the middle of His Will, that is worship. To present our bodies as a living sacrifice, which is our reasonable service, that is worship. To be in complete adoration of Him is worship. These things don’t just happen on Sunday morning or even when we are in our private prayer time. Worship is a place of growth in truth and reverence in our hearts for God.
This morning, as I was praying, I asked God how did He want to be worshiped? I asked Him to teach me how to worship Him? When I finished praying, I went into the kitchen to fix breakfast for my husband and help him get out the door for work. When I went back to room where I sit and pray, I just sat in the dark in quite meditation just wanting to hear from God.
A few minutes later I heard the holy spirit tell me to log into my phone and when I did, this was sitting there waiting for me from a friend. I love listening for God’s direction. I asked Him how did He want to be worshiped and He shared this amazing song with me. It’s not about the music. I do not believe we need or should rely on music to usher us into worship. But the words of this song are powerful, the sentiment of the heart is felt deeply, the humility, the desire and action to abandoned all that is within me to grow and mature in the truth; the sacrifice and reverence required of self to be in His Presence; that’s how He wants to be worship. John 4:23 (KJV) says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
Are you a “true worshipper”? He’s looking for you.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.