What Does It Mean to Worship?

We talk about worship but how do we do it? I suspect that many who know Jesus as Savior and Lord don’t really understand worship! Some might think of worship as an emotional encounter in prayer, or with other Christians, or when reading their Bibles. However, we must start with the mind. Our minds need to be well informed by Scripture. This is where God reveals vital Truth about Himself. Here we find how to discern between Truth and error. We need reliable Truth about God. We need to grasp, as much as possible, how great His love is. We need to understand His perfection and character. We need to see His working in our lives. We need to observe His creative accomplishments. In short, the more we learn about Him, the more likely we are to worship. Once we gain this kind of understanding, we must take our will into account. Will we or won’t we love, respect, honor, fear, reverence, enjoy, adore, praise and give thanks to Him? When our wills are committed to render true and Biblical worship, the natural outcome is spontaneous love, gratitude and fascination with the wonder of His Person and Presence. In John 4:24, Jesus explained: “God (is) a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship (Him) in spirit and in truth.” Only the working of the Holy Spirit, using the Living Word of God, can take our hearts’ worship and bring it to the Father’s ears, and leave us “lost in wonder, love and praise!” Meditate on the thoughts in Robert Grant’s, “O Worship the King.” He wrote: “O worship the King all-glorious above, O gratefully sing His power and His love: our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise. O tell of His might and sing of His grace, Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space. His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is His path on the wings of the storm.Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light; it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in You do we trust, nor find You to fail. Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend! O measureless Might, unchangeable Love, Whom angels delight to worship above!  Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze, in true adoration shall sing to Your praise!” Selah! Let a child of God gaze intensely on God in His Word and watch worship rise to Him! Never settle for some religious exercise!   Ron

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