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Elements of True Worship
Worship is an essential element of the Christian life and, like praise, is a tool we can use to push the enemy out of the atmosphere. Satan cannot stand to be in the presence of praise, and neither can he stand worship because it brings God’s very presence on the scene. Not only that, but it takes the focus off of all his distractions and points it completely toward the Lord. Understanding the different ways we can worship gives us a spiritual edge that is vital to a successful relationship with God.
Worship should never be something we do haphazardly or without putting focused intention into it. It is essentially when we express our love, adoration, admiration, and respect for God. We tend to think of worship in terms of the “praise and worship” times we have at church, but as Believers, worship is not limited to the songs we sing before a message is preached from the pulpit. Worship is a lifestyle for those who are serious about their relationship with God.
In John 4:23, Jesus says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” When we worship God in spirit and in truth, it means we are doing it from our hearts, with a motive of love for God. The Lord knows when something is coming from a place of absolute love and honor in our lives, and it is this type of worship that He desires.
Our obedience to God qualifies as worship because it is in obeying Him that we honor Him. Anything He tells us to do in His Word, and whatever He speaks directly to us to do individually, provides an opportunity for us to worship Him. When we give ourselves over to God completely and are willing to move on even the slightest impulse He gives, our lives actually become monuments of worship.
There are several different ways we can worship God, and all of them require our obedience. Incorporating these things in our daily lives positions us to be the true worshipers the Father is looking for.
- Reading and studying the Word.
The study and meditation of God’s Word may not fit in the traditional concept of worship, but it is a form of reverence and honor for God. When we focus on the Word of God and internalize it during our study times, it puts us in the spirit, which causes us to embrace the thoughts of God. Our times of study should be special times in which we commune with the Lord and worship Him.
- Preaching the Word of God.
What a way to honor and love on God! When we share the Gospel with people and receive the preached Word of God, we are demonstrating our love for God and our obedience to Him.
- Singing spiritual songs.
Ephesians 5:18-21 admonishes us to not be drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Spirit of God. It says we are to speak to ourselves in songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in our hearts. This is probably what we consider worship to be, based upon what we experience in church. However, we should incorporate the singing of spiritual songs to the Lord as part of our daily routine. This way, we can keep an atmosphere of worship around us at all times.
- Prayer and intercession
Prayer is communication with God, which is also a form of worship. When we intercede for others and stand in the spiritual gap for them, we are also worshiping God through our obedience to Him. We are to always spend time in prayer in order to have a thriving Christian life.
- The sacrifice of praise.
Anytime we do something out of obedience and reverence for God, even when our flesh doesn’t feel like it, we are worshiping Him. Praise can be a sacrifice because it isn’t something we immediately jump to do when times are hard. However, when we do it from our hearts, giving God our best praise, it absolutely paralyzes the enemy and releases God to get involved with the situation.
Worship can be incorporated in every aspect of our daily lives when we make a conscious decision to do so. It is completely abandoning our wills for the will of God. Becoming a true worshiper will open doors of blessings in our lives and take our relationship with Him to another level.
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