Worship (Part 2 of 2)
God demands your exclusive worship (Exodus 34:14). Nevertheless, you’re tempted to worship things such as your house, success, money, electronic devices, car, “toys,” church bethel, etc. (Romans 1:25, Micah 5:13).
Worship includes giving God credit for what He’s done (Exodus 32:8). Bow down to Him and offer Him sacrifices (2 Kings 17:36). Sing praise to Him (Psalm 66:4). Thank Him (2 Chronicles 7:3). Praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for what He’s done.
God is worthy of your worship because He made the heavens. Splendor, majesty, strength, and joy surround Him (1 Chronicles 16:23–27). Bow down and kneel before the Lord because He is your Maker (Psalm 95:6). He is holy (Psalm 99:5), loving and faithful (Psalm 138:2).
The Magi worshipped Jesus (Matthew 2:11). So did His disciples (Matthew 14:33). The women who went to His tomb (Matthew 28:9). The eleven disciples (Matthew 28:17). The
blind man he healed (John 9:38). All God’s angels (Hebrews 1:6). At His name every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11).
A vital prayer life, regular time in the Scriptures, and a sincere effort to obey God outside the sanctuary equip you to worship him inside it. Worship fires in your church burn brightest when each believer brings a torch already lit. The worship leader’s task is blowing the wind of the Spirit on existing flames. It isn’t lighting wet wood!
When you’re spiritually sick, you go through worship motions out of obligation or habit. The Father seeks those who worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). True worship requires a willingness to serve, obey, and submit to the Lord. It’s motivated by love, gratitude, and thanksgiving for who God is and all He’s done. Attitude is more important than architecture. How is more important than where.
Seventy percent of Israel’s religious holidays were celebrations (Leviticus 23). Worship includes both joyful celebration and solemn reflection.1 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #worship
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