What is worship? What does it mean? How do you do it?
Google defines worship as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”
To quote GotQuestions, worship is a “state (an attitude) of spirit.” Since it is an internal and individual action, worship could and should be done every day – every moment we live and breathe is worship. Worship is meant to be done all the time. It is an attitude where we honour and revere the God who is due all the glory. Worship is from the inside out. It requires us to worship in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). Worship in spirit comes from the innermost part of ourselves, not because of your emotions or that one worship song makes you cry every time. It requires a mind that is focused on God that has been renewed by His truth. It means worshipping the one true God. It also requires a pure heart, that is open and repentant.
We can worship in many ways. There is no one specific way to worship God. We can worship through prayer, read our bible, obey God (huge one!!), tithe, build relationships, share your faith, serve others and sing songs of praises! As you can see there is no one way to worship! Sometimes its unique to your relationship with God. All we do for the Lord is worship. But for the purposes of the rest of the blog I’ll be talking about one of my favourite ways to worship through singing.
Why is worship important? It’s one way to draw near to God. James 4:8 (NLT) says; “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” The closer we draw to God, the closer He draws to us. This builds intimacy with Him, this builds trust, it builds faith. The closer you are, the more you become like Him.
What does singing songs of praise and worship mean to me? Worship is freeing. It realigns my focus. It takes the focus off of myself, my issues, my self-centeredness, self-sufficiency and puts the focus back on God. It reminds me that God is sovereign (Isaiah 46:8–11) over all things. That He is in control, through the good and the bad. It reminds me to untighten my vice-like grip on things and to let go and surrender. Because I am really leaving it to the best hands there is. Psalm 94:19 (NIV) says; “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” I’ll be honest and say life isn’t always great. Sometimes we have extremely low moments but worship somehow makes me feel better in those low moments. Even when it hurts, doesn’t make sense or I don’t feel like worshipping, I still do because it helps me remember that someone greater is in control.
What does bible say about worship?
John 4:23-24 – 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Hebrews 12:28 – 28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakeable, let us be thankful and please God by worshipping him with holy fear and awe
Psalm 29:1-2 – 1 Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings, honor the Lord for his glory and strength. 2 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
James 4:8a – 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
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