A Place of Worship: "Tugging at the Heartstrings of God"
Bible Class: In Search of a True Worshiper
John 4:23-24 says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
First of all, the distinct differences between Praise and Worship will be discussed, as well as the commonalities between them. Praise is one of humanity’s many responses to God’s revelation of Himself. “Praise” comes from a Latin word meaning “value” or “price.” Thus, to give praise to God is to proclaim His merit or worth. Many terms are used to express this in the Bible, including glory, blessing, thanksgiving, and hallelujah, the last named being a transliteration of the Hebrew for “Praise the Lord.” The modes of praise are many, including the offering of sacrifices, physical movement, silence and meditation, testimony, and living a holy life. Praise is almost always invariably linked to music, both instrumental and, especially, vocal. (Holman Bible Dictionary)
When we praise God, we thank Him for what He has done, what He can do, and what He is going to do in our lives. When we praise God, we eulogize, or speak well of Him. Praise is a high commendation, or an expression of approval. It is the very act of glorifying God. David’s Psalm of thanksgiving, tells us to give thanks unto the Lord, to call upon His name, and to make known His deeds among the people. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto His name, The Lord most high: to show forth His lovingkindness in the morning, and His faithfulness every night. Hebrews 13:15 says, By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. We are to bless the Lord at all times, and His praise should continually be in our mouths.
We worship God, not because of what He has done for us, or what He can do for us, but we worship Him because of WHO HE IS!!! When we worship, we arrest God, therefore calling attention to ourselves as though we have God’s undivided attention!!! We complement God! The essence of worship is to celebrate God, because He is God!!! He is the King of kings, and the Lord of Lords; our God is the Great I Am that I Am! He is Immanuel, which is a personal name, meaning, “God with us.” We worship, to ascribe to God, His supreme worth. Worship in the broadest sense, is a meeting between God and His people! Worship affects God. Worship draws people into the very presence of God! Worship captivates the minds of the saved and the unsaved! The only cure for the world’s ills is to enter into God’s presence!!! During corporate worship, there should be no spectators in the sanctuary. There should be no people watching going on. Instead, the true worshipers should be with one accord, rendering a worthy praise, unto a Worthy God! “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so my soul after thee, oh God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God.” We should spend time in the presence of God, on a daily basis. When we are taking a walk, doing the laundry, when we are on our jobs, or basically going about the daily routines of our day, we should have the spirit of worship upon us.
When planning a worship service, we should consider the following: 1.Will the worship glorify God? 2.Will the worship be Christ centered? 3.Will the worship edify the believer? 4.Will the worship appeal to visitors? Again, it’s all about Jesus, and worshiping Him in spirit and in truth! O the sweet sound, and fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit! There is no other aroma, like that of the Holy Spirit! I bless His holy name! Are you a true worshiper? Do you worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, no matter the circumstances you are facing? Do you lay prostrate before the Lord, submissively and humbly, overcome by being in the presence of Almighty God? Do tears fall from your eyes, simply because you are meditating on Jesus the Christ? Do you offer up the sacrifice of praise, even when you don’t feel like it physically, or even emotionally? Do you love to be in the presence of the only Holy and Living God? Do you exalt Him, revere Him, adore Him, bow before Him, lift up holy hands before Him, and glorify Him? For the Father seeketh such to worship Him. Are you that WORSHIPER? May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day! Feel free to leave a comment.