Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Worship, Who YOU??
Have you ever gone to the store and purchased a singing bird maybe for yourself or someone else? They all have different sounds and sound so beautiful. I have a red Cardinal, who chirps or sings depends on which way I push the button, I can also set it to sing or chirp By motions. I so Enjoy listening to this, I love the sounds.
But whats sad is what if it just sat there and never sang, what if all it did was sit there and just turn its head, never uttered a tune. I would be so disappointed, I would try to get it to work, but if it doesn't want to it will not.
That's how I see sooooo many people in church just standing there, maybe turning there heads. Nothing coming from there lips, you don't see them singing to there Lord, you see NO worshipping. I don't know if they really understand how important that is. Jesus says in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
The purpose of our worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please God. Our worship must show our adoration and loyalty to God for His grace in providing us with the way to escape the bondage of sin, so we can have the salvation He so much wants to give us. The nature of the worship God demands is the prostration of our souls before Him in humble and complete submission. James 4:6, 10 tells us, "God resists the proud, but gives GRACE to the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up". Our worship to God is a very humble and reverent action.
Jesus says in John 4:23-24, "But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." It doesn’t say we can worship God anyway we want, but we "must worship Him in spirit and in truth". The word "must" makes it absolute. There is no other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him. The word "must", according to Webster, expresses "an obligation, a requirement, a necessity, a certainty, and something that must be done". When "must" is used it means that it is not optional. Here the word "must" is expressing that in spirit and in truth is the only way to acceptably worship God.
God seeks true worshippers, and He identifies them as those who "worship Him in spirit and in truth". Worshipping God in spirit means that it must be done from the heart. Worshipping God in truth means that it must be done according as God has specified in the Bible. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a serious matter which must not be taken lightly. If we have any regard for our own souls, we will want to make sure we are worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, to the one who created us. Acts 17:24-25 says, "God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives life, breath, and all things."
Worship should cause us to reflect on the majesty and graciousness of God. God does not have to have our worship, but we must worship Him to please Him. Our singing, praying, studying His word, giving, are designed by God to bring us closer to Him and to cause us to think more like He thinks, thus becoming more like Him. James 4:8tells us to, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Our worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop a God-like and Christ-like character. We become like unto those we admire and worship. When we worship God we tend to value what God values and gradually take on the characteristics and qualities of God, but never to His level. As Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ." How do we take on the mind of Christ? In Romans 12:2 we read, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." We renew our mind as we study and meditate on God’s word and worship Him.
When we worship God we develop such traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love. All of this is preparing us for eternal life in heaven with God and Christ. As we are told in Colossians 3:2 to, "Set your mind on things above, and not on things on the earth."
You know Sunday we were at a church, it was so beautiful, I felt the Holy Spirit when I walked in the door. There were some people who were greeters, I felt it when we hugged and shook hands, It was Great. They had a group of singers on stage singing Worship music, and let me tell you they were absolutely AWESOMEEEEEE! There was one point where they stopped singing to let us sing, and all I heard was ME yes ME, The lead guy was saying come on church sing to your Lord, they would sing a line and then they went silent, I just kept singing. The tears then flowed from my eyes until we left, I was crying because I was hurting for my Lord. Sometimes I wonder if people are not just playing Church.
How do you worship??? You know sometimes when I am worshipping it feels like he is standing in front of me, sometimes I feel as though he is holding my hands. One day, he and I are going to dance together.
Blessings to all