True Worship

True WorshipThe apostle Paul efficiently describes true worship in Romans 12:1-2: (ESV)

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

I don’t really know how to say this but, if we do not worship God seven days a week, we do not worship Him one day a week either. I’m not sure but I don’t believe there to be such a thing as “Sunday Worship” in Heaven unless it is accompanied by Monday – Saturday worship also.

It’s certainly no secret that we need to improve the quality of our Christianity, and we will never do it until we raise our concept of God back to that held by disciple, apostle, prophet, saint and reformer. When we put God back where He belongs, we will instinctively and automatically move toward Him; the whole spiral of our religious direction will begin an upward ascent.

Before we get to far let’s very briefly look at the difference between “Praise” , “Prayer” & “Worship” –

Prayer Says – Lord Save Me

Praise Says – Thank You for Saving Me

Worship Says – Thank You Lord for Who YOU Are.

Prayer is conversation with God as you lay before Him your complete self in confession and dependence. It’s asking Him to meet a need in quiet supplication we are reaching into the deepest part of ourselves and admitting our needs and failures. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Prayer will also provide peace, not just any peace it cultivates God’s Peace in us, it helps us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Praise is the joyful recounting of all God has done for us. It is closely intertwined with thanksgiving as we offer back to God appreciation for His mighty works on our behalf. Praise is universal and can be applied to other relationships as well. We can praise our family, friends, boss, or paperboy. Praise does not require anything of us. It is merely the truthful acknowledgment of the righteous acts of another. Since God has done many wonderful deeds, He is worthy of praise (Psalm 18:3).

Worship however, is an attitude of the heart. A person can go through the outward motions and still not be worshiping. God sees the heart, and He desires and deserves sincere, heartfelt worship. Worship, comes from a different place within our spirits. Worship should be and is reserved for God alone (Luke 4:8). Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another. Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise. Praise is easy; worship is not. Worship gets to the heart of who we are. To truly worship God, we must let go of our self-worship. We must be willing to humble ourselves before God, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, not just what He has done. Worship is a lifestyle, not just an occasional activity that begins and ends. Jesus said the Father is seeking those who will worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).

True worship is the acknowledgment of God and all His power and glory in any and everything we do or say. The highest form of praise and worship is obedience to Him and His Word. To do this, we must know God; we cannot be ignorant of Him (Acts 17:23). Worship is to glorify and exalt God— we should never embarrass and dishonor Him. Rather we should be proud to always show our loyalty and admiration to our Father.

God’s Peace!

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