What is worship?
Worship is more than going to church. It’s more than singing a few hymns or “praise and worship” songs on Sunday mornings. It is a lifestyle of putting God first, of showing Him that He is the most important Person in your life, of reverencing Him.
Worship is an intimate expression of our love, adoration, and devotion for the Lord communicated directly to Him from the depths of our hearts.
In John 4:24, Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
The phrase “in spirit” refers to worshiping God from our hearts. Our worship should be real, authentic – not empty words or phrases repeated over and over. In order to worship the Lord “in spirit,” we must let our hearts overflow with our love for Him.
John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” The Word of God is truth, so if we’re going to worship the Lord “in truth,” we will need to worship Him according to the Word. This simply means taking what the scriptures tell us about Him and worshiping Him with them.
So in order to worship the Lord, all we have to do is come before Him with a humble heart, and a heart that is full of love for the One who gave His all for us.
There really is no formula because worship is so vast:
- If you need some help getting started, find scriptures that help you worship Him (particularly many of the Psalms), and start speaking them to Him — from your heart.
- You may want to begin by thanking Him for all the many blessings He has given you, or praising Him for the mighty acts and deeds that He has done.
- After thanksgiving and praise, you will begin to worship Him for Who He is. He is your Savior, your Healer, your Provider, your Peace, your Joy, your Life, etc.
- You may want to sing to Him.
- You may just want tell Him how much you love Him and how much He truly means to you.
- You may just want to sit quietly in His presence, expressing your love to Him.
- You may do a combination of one or more of these.
Just remember that He is a good God (Ps. 100:5), He loves you intensely (Eph. 2:4, Amp.), He has given you all that you will ever need in life (2 Pet. 1:3), and He is worthy of all the honor and praise (Rev. 4:11)!
This post is excerpted from my book, A Life That Flourishes. Click on image below to purchase.