“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
I’ve heard some Christians claim worship is more than just singing ~ that making a meal, cleaning the car, helping a neighbor are all acts of worship. When those acts are the outgrowth of our love for God and are done to demonstrate that love, they are “worshipful” ~ but technically they are not worship …..
The very purpose for our existence is worship. This is what we were created for. And if we want to accurately embrace that purpose, we need to use a precise definition. Worship is the act of ascribing or giving worth directly to God Himself alone. Worshipful actions may do this indirectly, but when the Bible commands and commends worship as our highest expression, it is not talking about anything other than the complete, direct, intentional,
outpouring of adoration. While that does not have to be set to music, it does have to be direct and it should be focused, without any other thoughts or distractions in our minds ….
(Psalm 29:1–2) defines worship with surgical precision: “Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.” The word “give” mean to purposely and intentionally provide something: to “freely transfer the possession of something”…. These thoughts are echoed clearly also in (1 Chronicles 16) and (Psalm 96).
Worship involves the mind, emotions, and will, all engaged in whole-person devoting and giving of worth to the One who is worthy of all our praise ….
Nothing brings glory down in church as quickly and as powerfully as when God’s people unashamedly adore God’s Son, Jesus Christ. And not just a few enthusiasts in the front row when the service starts, but a room packed to the walls with fired-up Christians. How beautiful the sound must be to our Lord’s ears. Not simply testimony to the personal benefits of believing the gospel, or the gifts of blessings that we might receive; but the passionate giving of worth to the God and Creator, the giver of life and the One Whom graces us with each breath that we take ….
A whole body of believers worshiping with their whole beings displays the only thing the church has to offer this world: “For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight?” (Exodus 33:16)
Worship leads to God’s manifest presence. The anointing of the Holy Spirit will manifest as the praises go up. This will be either irresistibly attractive or shockingly offensive to a watching world. But the onlookers are not really responding to us; they are responding to God and His call to those He is drawing to Himself ….
A biblical understanding of worship always involves the Church, but the Church is comprised of individual worshipers. The body of believers is the church. If you consider yourself an active, engaged, serving member of your church and long to see God display His glory when you gather, then consider how you worship….
You can’t expect others to fully engage in giving praise and worship to God if you aren’t prepared to do so yourself. This is why we are called to be in one mind and one accord:
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
In closing; make time to prepare your heart for worship and pray for your pastor and leaders. Ask God to give you a fresh awareness of who He is that you might give to Him even more of the honor He deserves. Fully expect to meet with the One who is worthy when you worship. He will not ever disappoint you. Pray for your service, pray for the anointing, and pray that the Lord draw in those still wandering, those lost and still searching, and may they find their way home as well ….
Authentic worship begins with anticipation; preparing our hearts and minds to worship God. Authentic worship is rooted in giving freely and willingly with complete and utter abandon, worshiping God for who He is and for what He does. He is worthy of all our praise and worship. Think about which of His many characteristics and actions lead your heart to worship, and then give Him the glory and honor today. Prepare your hearts and minds to dispel all the worries and frets, all the cares and concerns, all the distractions and racing thoughts that your minds may be clear and solely devoted to worship Him on the Lord’s day.
Let us pray ~
Lord God, You are worthy of my highest worship. You are merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Thank You for who You are, and for what You have done in my life. Thank You for loving me, for choosing me, for saving me, for patiently waiting for me, and especially for redeeming me and bringing me safely home to You. Teach me Lord to worship You fully with my mind, emotions and will. Help me to encourage others in worship. I want nothing more than to lift high the name of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, and I pray in His powerful name, Amen.