When I say the word “worship” what do you think? Worship is one of those things that we know what it is, but it’s really hard to define. Worship is singing, yes. Worship is speaking praise, yes. Worship is using your gifts for God’s glory, yes. Worship is also a way of living.
Foundational Ideas of Worship
#1 – God is worthy of worship. We worship God because he is worthy of being worshiped. Worship is the answer to a world that revolves around me. When we worship, we turn all our thoughts and affections off of ourselves and on to God.
Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created. – Rev. 4:11
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!” – Rev. 5:12
#2 – We become like the thing or person we worship. This is true in all of life, right? Our life reflects what we value. What we revere, we resemble.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands. – Psalm 115:4
Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.- Psalm 115:8
If you want to be like Jesus, then you must passionately worship Jesus.
Learn to practice the presence of God daily.
Let’s put this in the scope of biblical theology. You begin life being separated from God in your sin. What you experienced as everyday normal, was agony for Jesus. On the cross, as our sins were placed upon him, Jesus called out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus was cut off from the intimate life and fellowship of the Father. We begin in this condition of being cut off from God.
Then you are saved and the Holy Spirit takes up residence. God is with you at all times and all places. And you can’t evict him!!! So we must begin to learn how to live with God. All of our life can become an act of worship. You simply learn to live life with God. The knee is always bowed in worship. What happens over time as we learn to practice God’s presence is that we cultivate a holy dependence on God. And it’s beautiful.