The purpose of Worship

10 years ago

Worship is defined as the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for God.

In Genesis 20:3, The first commandment given to Moses was “Thou shall not have any other god’s before me”. The scripture further goes on to say we shouldn’t worship any other gods because God is a jealous God. Deuteronomy 6:13 says Fear (Reverence) the Lord your God and serve Him. The word fear there is actually revere. To revere means to feel deep respect or admiration for someone or something.

In Essence when you worship God, you tell Him how worthy He is.

We defined what worship is so why do we worship? Because the Bible says so? Yes but not necessarily because of that. The more you understand what worship is, the more you realize that worship is not for us but rather for and about God alone! It allows us as individuals to give God His worth-ship. Our worship get’s God’s attention as he has ours. It becomes a way to communicate with our Heavenly Father in His personal language, if you will.

For those that say Jesus didn’t worship, Look at how He taught the disciples to pray in the Lord’s prayer:

Matthew 6:9-13

New International Version (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

The very first line of the Lord’s prayer “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” is nothing but worship.

Worship allows us to surrender and immediately focuses our attention on who God is rather than whatever we’re going through. When we do this, Isaiah 40:31 happens:

Isaiah 40:31

King James Version (KJV)

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Please understand that worship isn’t a way of manipulating God into doing something for us. It has to be Sincere from the heart. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that when we come to God, we must first believe that He exists and rewards those who diligently seek him. The key words there are “diligently seek”.  Usually when people are diligent in seeking someone out, it’s because they want a relationship with the one they are “diligently seeking”. Worship is all about relationship. You need relationship with God in order to truly worship Him.

John 4: 24 tells us that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. I believe this scripture means we must worship God as He is (He’s a spirit and therefore lives in our heart) and in doing so, we must be sincere in our worship of Him.

Luke 19:40 tells us that if we don’t worship, God can raise up stones to worship in our place. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t want a stone to cry out in my place. SELAH!


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