Worship (Part 1 of 2)
The purpose of worship isn’t to bless, entertain, heal or make you feel good. You don’t attend a worship service to “get something.” Worship is your whole personality giving glory to a holy God with your whole life. It doesn’t end at noon on Sunday morning. All of life is an act of worship.
Your whole personality is involved in worship. According to William Temple, worship quickens the conscience by God’s holiness, feeds the mind with his truth, cleanses the imagination by his beauty, opens the heart to his love, and devotes the will to his purpose.1 Worshipping God changes you.
True worship begins with revelation and proceeds to response and witness. God reveals Himself through His word. If He didn’t, you’d know little about Him. His creation reveals His power, intelligence, order, and beauty (Romans 1:20). Beyond that, He’d be a complete mystery.
In Exodus 3 God speaks to Moses. He reveals that He is holy. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is concerned about the suffering of His people and will rescue them.
To Isaiah in Isaiah 6 He reveals that He sits on a throne, high and exalted. The train of His robe fills the temple. He is holy. The whole earth is full of His glory. Isaiah’s intellectual response was understanding God’s revelation. His emotional response was fear and trembling. His spiritual response was recognizing himself as a man of unclean lips (v. 5). The response of his will was, “Here am I. Send me!” (v. 8)
God’s revelation led to service—not good feelings. The good feelings result from doing God’s will. True worship hasn’t changed. Revelation leads to response through prayer, song, and self-giving to God and your neighbor. You haven’t really worshipped fully until you’ve given yourself away to God and others! This is true and proper worship (Romans 12:1). True worship requires obeying and serving the One you say you worship. (John 4:23–24).2 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
1. William Temple, quoted by David Watson, I Believe in Evangelism (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishers, 1976), 157.
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