Amb. Success a.k.a the melody maker
Worship is a verb; it’s something you do. Worship isn’t something you watch, despite what you see from many people who attend church. We see a stage with lights and chairs facing it, and receive worship guides with an outline of the “show.” So we think every part of church is put on for us.
But here’s a wake up call for all believers. Worship is a participation activity not a spectator sport. Worship isn’t something we attend, like a sporting event or a concert. Worship is something we enter into with everything we’ve got.
Some of you might say that’s not your personality, but believe it or not, you know how to lose yourself in worship. Just look at the way people respond at a concert or a sporting event. People go nuts when a team makes a great play or a band plays their favorite song. Those are all great acts of worship, only to a not so great god. We know how to worship with abandonment but for some reason not to the one and only true God.
The Bible has so many examples of how to worship with abandonment. Here’s just a few:
Shout to God! Clap your hands! Lift up your hands! Stand in awe! Bow down! Dance before Him! Make a loud noise!
Psalm 100: 1-2
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with tambourine and harp.
When you know who God is and you embrace what He’s done, your only reasonable response is to worship. Worship in awe that we even get to be in his presence. Worship with abandonment, losing ourselves in the presence of God.
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. John 4:23
As you look through scripture you will find there are two kinds of people the Father seeks. First, He seeks those who are lost. Those who do not already have a relationship with Him. Jesus said this is why I came, to seek and to save the lost.
The second kind of person the Father seeks is a true worshipper. If you notice He doesn’t say he seeks the most talented or the best looking or the most popular or the wealthiest. The Father is seeking believers who will be true worshippers. God wants worship to be not something we do, but who we are. He wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
True worship is a whole-life response to God’s greatness and glory. The only fitting response to all He has done is to give back to Him all that we are. Worship is not determined by what we say but how we live.
All of us leave a trail with our action. At the end of that trail sits a throne.You don’t get to the throne by talking about what’s there. You get to the throne when you follow the trail and find where you put your passion, energy, time, and money. And at the end of the day, you may get to the throne and find your job sitting there. Maybe it’s your brand new car. Or maybe you follow the trail of your achievements and social media and find yourself sitting on that throne.
Maybe you think you are a worshipper of God. You listen to worship music sometimes, go to church a few times a month, and even go to a small group every now and then. When you look at all the bread crumbs on your trail, and you follow them – the passions, the energy, the time — you get to the throne of your life and realize: ”I am a great worshipper. But the thing I worship is me.”
You worship what you find most valuable, and it’s usually not what you tell people you worship. Worship is not found in your words, but in your way of life. That will tell you the story of what you worship.
Jesus said in
For where your treasure is there your heart will be also
Today we have a great opportunity to follow our treasures and evaluate the object of our worship, the God sitting on our throne. And I don’t know about you, but I want to do whatever I can to make sure that on the throne of my life is the One and only God . One day our time on earth is going to be through. And when that time comes we are going to stand face to face with a Holy God. I want to be able to say that He was on the throne of my life.
In Him is our life, our health, our peace, our prosperity, our hope, our joy. He has created us so that everything we need is in Him.
God’s command is that we love Him with our whole being – body, soul, mind and spirit. We must realise that there is a longing within us that cannot be satisfied by anything else, but our intimate communion with Him. We must so desire His presence in our lives that we allow nothing to take His place, or to distract us from knowing Him. No one else, nothing else can fulfil the cry of our hearts.
God the Father desires a people who are awakened in their affections and passions for Jesus. Like Mary in John 12:1-8 the true worshipper is prepared to give extravagantly unto God, holding back nothing. God requires our all and when we give it, the rewards are beyond compare.
Mary’s sacrifice cost her a lot in monetary terms (300 denarii – a year’s wages), was an act of public humility, opened her up to criticism of the guests and challenged the other not so devoted guests.
We constantly must ask the question – “Can I ever pour too much cost, time and effort into achieving greater levels of worshipping God?” When we consider Christ’s love and sacrifice we realise that we could never give too much back to God.
1. Worship has always been a matter of divine stipulation.
1) Under Patriarchal Law.
a. For example: The worship of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4).
b. Genesis 4:3-5. Why?
c. Hebrews 11:4
d. Remember that… Romans 10:17
2) Under the Law of Moses.
a. Leviticus 10:1-2
b. God had specified requirements for worship.
3) Under the Law of Christ.
a. Acts 2:42
b. Ephesians 4:14
c. Colossians 3:16
2. Colossians 3:17
3. 1 Peter 4:11
4. We are to worship according to truth – not according to our own wants.
5. Devoted to the right object.
6. Must be accomplished in spirit.
7. Must be according to truth.
I LOVE YOU ALL.