WHAT IS WORSHIP? Does God occupies the “throne” of your heart so that you can worship HIM with ALL of who you are (spirit, soul and body)?
I will start saying that it is really hard to explain in simple words what worship is, since it starts in our hearts and only God knows our inner motivation. It is not about music or having a lovely voice. How is God seeing our worship? Are we a “living sacrifice” to HIM?
“And so the Lord says,“These people say they are mine.They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”
Let’s start by reading and meditating in Lev. 6:9-13, from the Old Testament.
As God guide me to this Scripture, it was really a fundamental revelation to me. It was really amazing!
“The burnt offering must be left on top of the altar until the next morning, and the fire on the altar must be kept burning all night….Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out. Each morning the priest will add fresh wood to the fire and arrange the burnt offering on it. He will then burn the fat of the peace offerings on it. Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out.”
Now let’s read Rom. 12:1; AMP, from the New Testament
“I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.”
We as a spiritual offering must be burning in His altar continuously…
Are we a sweet fragrance to God? Are you a spiritual worship to God?
“And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.”
“But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.”
“A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers
ALL starts in our hearts♥:
What does the word “heart” means for a Hebrew: The Hebrew word for "heart" is לב (lev). The word represents the abstract idea of "emotion" as the ancient Hebrews understood the "heart" as the seat of emotion (much like we see thinking being associated with the brain). As the central organ in the body, forming a focus for its vital action, it has come to stand for the center of its moral, spiritual, intellectual life. The heart in Scripture is variously used, sometimes for the mind and understanding, sometimes for the will, sometimes for the affections, sometimes for the conscience, sometimes for the whole soul. Generally, it denotes the whole soul of man and all the faculties of it, not absolutely, but as they are all one principle of moral operations, as they all concur in our doing of good and evil.
Read Matt. 15:19;AMP
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech.”
“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” [Ps. 86:11;NIV]
Ask God for an “Undivided/wholehearted” heart!
Undivided is defined in the Merriam-Webster as:
1. Completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic
2. Marked by complete earnest commitment: free from all reserve or hesitation
Who occupies the “throne” of your heart? It must ONLY be God. He must be enthroned in your heart. When you have other things, such as stuff, a spouse, a husband, your children, a job, money, etc, He is NOT fully seated at the “throne” of your heart.
Ask God to give you a brand new heart.
We were created to worship God with an undivided heart!
Psalm 86:11 NIV
“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
Ezekiel 11:19 NIV
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise:
* "For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods" [Ps. 96:4]
* "Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom" [Ps. 145:3]
* "I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies" [2 Sam.22:4]
* "You are worthy, our LORD and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being" [Rev. 4:11]
God inhabits the atmosphere of praise!
Ps. 22:3 says, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel .“ If we want to see a clear manifestation of God's blessings and grace, all we need to do is to praise Him with all our heart, our mind, and our soul.
Praise to God is what we offer in acknowledgement of God's excellent being. You might think that praise is the same as saying "thank you," but there is a difference. Thanksgiving describes our attitude toward what God has done, while praise is offered for who God is. Ps. 18:3 says "I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise…"
All believers are commanded to praise God! In fact, Is. 43:21 explains that praise is one reason we were created, "This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise." Heb 13:15 confirms this: "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise -the fruit of lips that confess his name."
Praise originates in a heart full of love toward God. Deut 6:5 says, "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Are you a Christian today, you know that you love God because He first loved you! Without God's love, any praise you can offer is hollow. Love, born from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is an essential part of your praise.
Praise To God - How to Praise God
How can you bring praise to God? What can you do to make it an integral part of your life?
Praise can be expressed in song, in verse, or in prayer and it is to be done continuously! Ps. 34:1 instructs, "I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips." Ps. 71:6 says, "From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you."
Praise to God is expressed outwardly through our everyday actions, as well as inwardly in our thoughts. Praise is an act of Christian worship. Worship is a lifestyle! You praise God for what He is and everything you do in your daily life. There have been and are moments in my life that I just praise God when driving and His presence is so tangible that tears just start rolling down my cheeks. Also, there are times when circumstances are quite tough, that worshiping God really hurts, but your spirit is always willing to. Those times are used by God strengthens us.
"Where do I begin?" you may ask. "How do I start praising God?" Try starting praising God for who He is to you, personally. Proclaim that God's goodness is without measure; it is abundant and overflowing!
Here are some ways:
You’re an awesome God! You’re good God! You’re my everything God!!
* Praise God for His holiness, mercy, and justice [2 Chr.20:21,Ps. 99:3-4]
* Praise God for His grace [Eph. 1:6]
* Praise Him for His goodness [Ps. 135:3]
* Praise God for His kindness [Ps. 117]
* Praise God for His salvation [Eph.2:8-9]
Praise to God can be offered anywhere! In time, it will become as normal as taking a breath. Sometimes we praise God inwardly as in Ps. 9:2, "I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." Other times we have opportunity to give glory and praise to our God publicly. Ps. 22:22 says, "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you." Search out opportunities to bring praise to God!
Praise To God - Who Praises God?
Praise to God, while offered particularly by His children as the freewill expression of grateful hearts, will one day be offered by everyone! The Bible says that when He comes again, all mankind will praise Him and acknowledge Him as Lord. He is King over all the earth. When we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, our hearts long to praise His name. Phil. 2:9-11 tells us His name represents His being, describing who He is, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
* All nature praises God [Ps.148:7-10]
* The sun, moon, and stars praise Him [Ps. 19:1 and 148:3]
* The angels praise Him [Psalm 148:2]
* Even the wrath of men is used by God to praise Himself [Ps. 76:10]
* Children are to be taught to praise God [Ps. 78:4]
Praise To God - Do You Proclaim His Praise?
Your praise to God is evidenced through your salvation. 1 Pet. 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
How are you offering praise to God today? When others look at you, do they see a reflection of God's praise? Ps. 113:3 declares, "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised."
Praise and Worship - How Do We do it?
God tells us how to praise and worship him in His Word. John 4:23 says, "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." In order to worship God in truth, we need to know that Jesus said "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." So, before you can worship in the way that God desires, you have to develop a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus, His Son.
Praise and Worship - Love from the Heart
I have talked to many people that think that praise and worship is only singing songs at church or having a lovely voice, but it is so much more that that! It is also a condition of our heart -- a willingness to exalt God and yield to his will. Worship is an expression of love and awe to the God who gives us more than we deserve. Whether you express your worship by singing, playing music, dancing or in some other way, remember that you are called to worship God with your every action, every day of your life. God is holy, loving, and worthy of all our worship and devotion.
"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." [Deut. 6:5]
Worship is able to say to God: Here I am, I just lay down at YOUR altar as a living sacrifice and worship YOU with ALL I am, as I am no matter what is going on....
Thanks, Lord and Master for Your guidance and Your awesome teachings!! You're my Beloved! I live to worship YOU!! My life is at YOUR altar!