Sunday, June 11, 2017
What Is Worship?
MATTHEW 4:10 NLT 10 "Get out of here, Satan," Jesus told him. "For the Scriptures say, 'You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'"
Today we have what we call "worship services" that usually consist mainly of singing songs and listening to a sermon. Many also have "worship leaders" whose job is to lead the singing at their church meetings.
There is nothing wrong with that. When we focus our attention on the Lord, singing to Him from the depths of our heart, giving time and attention to Him and His Word, instead of other things, it indeed can be true worship.
But worship, as taught in the Bible, is certainly not limited to these things.
In the New Testament, the main word used for worship can be summarized as submission, or an attitude of submission because of profound reverence.
In the Bible, worship is always demonstrated by doing something. It may be bowing down prostrate on the ground before someone. And it is often connected with giving -- a sacrifice. But worship is always an action that demonstrates how much something is valued.
Worship is a way of showing "worth-ship."
We show how much we value something by what we are willing to give up to get it.
The only way of measuring how much we value someone is by what we give to them, including such things as time, attention, respect, loyalty, love, devotion, and also material things.
JOHN 4:23 NIV 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
SAY THIS: I will be a true worshiper of God.
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