Worship is our response to the character and nature of God
John 4:23-24 – 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
So we must worship God
- In spirit: You must worship God in the Spirit because he is spirit, you cannot worship God in the flesh.
- In truth: God demands that we should be sincere and pure, all notions of falsehood must be put away so that we can be absolutely naked before him.
4 important aspects of worship
- The exclusivity of Worship- Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Remember that even though you can praise anyone, you cannot worship anyone. Worship is exclusive to God and He will not share it with anyone.
Worship God as the one who gives you everything (He is the giver), not the things he gives us. Our attitude should never be to worship God because he has done something; we worship him because He is God.
- The recognition of worship
Every worshipper has an identity, and every worshipper must also recognise the Identity of God. We have to understand who we are in relation to who He is. When we compare ourselves to God, we understand his magnitude and his greatness while also recognising that without him we have nothing and we are nothing. You cannot worship if you don’t understand the worth of God. In worship God takes centre stage and you are lost in His identity, so you cannot worship and be focused on yourself. As you worship God, you are lost in Him, and you disappear from the picture as He is revealed more as God.
- The Attitude of Worship: Luke 18:9-14.
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
God cares about what posture we bring to him; he requires an attitude of brokenness that acknowledges the extent of our inadequacies and the fullness of his grace. You cannot worship God in pride and arrogance, and you cannot worship him with selfish ambition.
One of the Hebrew words for worship is “Shachah” (shaw-kaw) – which means to bow down or stoop down before. Worship is therefore a posture, it must cause you to stoop low, and allow God to stand up.
- The Motive of Worship
Our motive matters more to God than the action of worship. Any false worship you offer God will not be accepted by God. Some people worship God because they are in need and they want things. God can see our intentions and plans, even in the depths of our heart. Worship needs to be pure, it needs to come from the purity of your heart. God is not interested in your gifts and sacrifices, not in what men consider valuable; He is concerned with your heart towards Him.
“For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; Thou art not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:16-17)
- The result of Worship
The result of worship is true intimacy. When we worship God we are brought into totality with Him. It is not an opportunity to ask God for things but at opportunity for intimacy with God. Worship is a space in which only you and God exist, there are no people in that space. It is intimate, personal, and isolated. Only God exists in that space and you are simply a participant in his very glory. It is impossible to worship God without being completely bare before him; He makes himself known to you, and you intimately become one with Him.
7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 “‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.
This week, our focus is worship. Do not petition God for anything, do not pursue anything. Instead focus on worship and sing songs unto God, develop and turn your heart into an attitude of worship