Step Towards Transformation
To be introduced to, to know and love the creator of all heavens and Earth; to call him Father, to be constantly introduced to new aspects of His love to me, to express my love and constant awe of such a relationship is what worship is to me.
A. BLESSING GOD
“Bless the Lord, O my soul! and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Ps 103:1 – nasb). It is awesome to consider that we have the ability to bless our Creator, but time after time in the Scripture we are exhorted to do just that. We bless Him through our praise and worship of Him. See Psalm 34:1-3.
Praise is an expression of admiration and appreciation. When we praise some one, we tell them how wonderful we think they are, or how great their accomplishments are. It is the same with the Lord. Praise has to do with acknowledging God’s character and power.
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Ps 63:3,4).
Whereas praise is an expression of admiration and appreciation, worship is an expression of love and adoration. It is possible to admire someone and appreciate what they without being in love with them. In the same way, worship has to do with our love of the Lord. It can be expressed only with the giving of our whole heart and life to Him.
“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices” (Mark 12:33).
The religious rituals and ceremonies of Israel in the Old Testament became detestable to the Lord because their heart was far from Him (Isa 1:10-15; 29:13. Today, also, God is only interested in the genuine and sincere worship that comes from the heart.
“Yet a time is coming, and has now come, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH” (John 4:23,24). Read also verses 4-25.
True worship requires the action of the Holy Spirit on our spirit. So, only those who have been “born again of the Spirit” through faith in Jesus Christ can truly worship God (John 3:5-8).
There was sacrifice, cleansing, anointing and clothing before worship (Exo 30:17-38).
You will note in Revelation 1:5,6 that we are “… washed from our sins in his own blood” before being made “…priests unto God”.
There was much preparation of the priests before they could go into the Holy Place to worship the Lord. To ignore the steps outlined was perilous. We must worship in truth – in the Bible way.
D. EXPRESSIONS OF PRAISE & WORSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“Who among the gods is like you. O Lord? Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? … Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted…” (Exo 15:11,21).
“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord … for you are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God… I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” (Ps 86:8, 10, 12).
The greatest thing I will ever do in this life or in eternity is to worship God. I determine today to be a true worshipper and to make this my supreme goal in life.