In the last few articles of this teaching blog, we have been focusing on praise. We will now begin to look at worship. Let’s begin by defining or describing worship.
In the general sense, it is every action we do that comes from the heart as an expression of our love for God. Therefore, worship does not take place only in church or quiet times with the Lord. We are to live a life of worship.
In a more specific way, it is –
– fellowship with God that comes from a heart of love.
– an expression of our love for God.
– when we give our heart to God with much affection.
– when our spirit communicates with God’s Spirit as a child speaks loving with his father.
There are three elements to all worship: love, fellowship, intimacy. If these three elements are not present or active, it is not truly worship.
You can compare worship to the kind of relationship you have with your best friend or a lovesick girlfriend or boyfriend.
It is like when –
– you are alone with a loved one in deep conversation.
– you are sharing secrets or your heart with a loved one.
– you sit in silence together with your loved one and just soak up the moment.
– you and your loved one stare at each other for a long while and feel wonderful all over and seem to
understand what the other person is thinking.
Let us now reflect on some differences between praise and worship. Praise does not come from an intimate (close) relationship with God. As result, all are able to praise God, but not all are able to worship God. Praise is an offering while worship is communion or communication. Praise is almost always visible, while worship is usually invisible. Praise is often more animated than worship, but not always. Although there are difference between praise and worship, they often overlap or are done simultaneously.
The Bible says in John 4:23-24 that we are to worship God in spirit and truth.
John 4:23-24 – “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Those who worship Him in spirit can only do so by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they must have the Holy Spirit in them. It is the Holy Spirit in us that allows us to have fellowship or communion with God. An unbeliever can pray to the Lord and praise Him, but is unable to worship Him. Those who worship in spirit worship him from the heart and with sincerity.
Those who worship Him in truth must be born again. If you are worshiping God in truth, you must live a righteous life and without hypocrisy. A hypocrite is unable to worship God in truth because he is living a lie. Those who worship God in truth must do so with a right or correct attitude. Those who worship Him in truth must do so according to God and his Word. The Bible tells us how to praise and worship. Yes, we can worship God in different ways, but God expects us to approach Him in a certain way. In the Old Testament, there were a lot of laws and principles established for worship. I am not saying that we need to adhere to all of them, but God is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Creator of the Universe and we should not approach Him too casually or without regard to what he has taught us in Scripture.
The bottom line is that God will not receive our worship if we do not worship him in Spirit and truth.