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Worthy of our worship
Posted On 04/09/2009 07:26:01 by whitewolf

What does it mean to worship the Lord? The Bible doesn’t give us a formal definition of worship. But we can start by seeing what various words for worship mean. The English word "worship" comes from two Old English words: weorth, which means "worth," and scipe or ship, which means something like shape or "quality." We can see the Old English word -ship in modern words like friendship and sportsmanship – that’s the quality of being a friend, or the quality of being a good sport.

So worth-ship is the quality of having worth or of being worthy. When we worship, we are saying that God has worth, that he is worthy. Worship means to declare worth, to attribute worth. Or to put it in biblical terms, we praise God. We speak, or sing, about how good and awesome God is.

This is a purpose for which we are called: "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" (1 Peter 2:9).

There is a worship that expresses the heart, and worship that involves the mind, and worship that involves the body.

We need all three types of worship. Some people focus primarily on speaking or singing praise to God. Praise is good, but if all we do is praise God, without ever listening to what he says, we have to ask whether we believe the words we are saying. If He is really all wise and all loving, then we need to be attentive to what He is telling us, because He is worth listening to.

All talk and no action does not show God the respect he deserves. Actions speak louder than words, and if our behavior isn’t changed by God, then our actions are saying that God isn’t important — he’s a nice idea, but not relevant to our day-to-day lives. When we really believe that God is worthy of all praise, then we will be willing to listen and to change the way we live in response to such a worthy God. We will trust him and seek him and want to please him as much as we can. Worship should affect our behavior.

Another point is that worship is a response to God. We can’t know God’s worth, much less declare it, unless God reveals himself to us. So God initiates worship by revealing Himself to us. Then we respond, and the proper response is worship. The more we grasp his greatness, his power, his love, his character, the more we understand his worthiness, the better we can declare his worth – the better we can worship.

Both the Old Testament and New Testament tell us that our relationship with God should involve our heart, mind, soul, and strength. It involves all that we are. Worship involves heart, mind, soul and strength, too.

We can worship God all by ourselves. But it is also something we do together. God has revealed himself not just to me, but to many people around the world. And God promises that whenever we gather together in Jesus’ name, he will be there.

One important way that we can worship God is through music. Music is important, but worship is not just music, it involves our entire relationship with God, all our heart, mind, soul, and strength – it involves all the ways in which we can respond to God, all the ways we can praise him by what we say and do, all the ways we can demonstrate that God is worthy of all glory and honor and praise.

Wherever we are,we can worship. It's not just something for Sunday mornings,we can worship God in our homes,with our friends,at our workplace,in our day to day lives.God wants worship not only on our lips, but also in our hearts. He wants our worship to be sincere.

When God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for you and for me, he was declaring his awesome love for each one of us. He gave his life so that we could stand before our holy God,clean,free and forgiven. He is so worthy of our worship!

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