What is worship? What does it mean to truly worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and spirit?
When it comes time to go to church do we say “Lord, I can’t wait to go to your house so I can sing songs of worship and lift my hands to worship you?” Or do we say, “Well it’s time for church again. I guess I’ll go but my heart not really in it but I’ll go because that’s what’s expected of me.” And yes I too am guilty of this same attitude sometimes. Is God pleased with this type of worship? Is this really worshipping at all?
Satan wants to steal our desire to worship God because when we worship God it opens the door for God to work in our lives. The bible says our worship is a sweet smelling aroma to God. When we truly worship God we are pleasing Him. Through our worship we honor God and bring the blessings of God down upon us. Satan wants destroy our relationship with God and rob us of those blessing.
Let me give you an example of how this might work. Say you ask you husband, wife or friend to go with you to an event where you will be honored for something you did. If they say, “Well I really don’t have any desire to go but I’ll go anyway,” would it hurt you? Would you feel like they really loved you and wanted to help honor you? Probably not because you would know their heart wasn’t really in it what they were doing.
God is the same way. When we go to worship service we should go with an open, loving, pure heart that truly loves the Lord and wants to go to worship to show Him that love.
Worship should never be a pretense. God knows the difference even if no one else does. Our mouth can speak a lot of things that we don’t really mean but God sees into our heart, He knows whether our heart is truly worshipping him or not.
Let’s look at Matthew 15: 8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Do we worship God in vain? Do we really know God well enough to even begin to worship Him? Paul in Act 17: 22-31 spoke to the people of Mars Hill about worshipping God.
Acts 17: 22-31
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his (offspring). (His children through Christ)
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Christ) whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
These people didn’t even know who they were worshipping until Paul told them about the true God. God is not some material thing we worship but a spirit that dwells within us. We need to learn who God is through His Word and we need a close personal relationship with Him so we can truly serve and worship Him. As we grow close to God our hearts long to worship Him even more. The more we worship Him the more we want to worship Him.
In John 4: 23-24 it says:
23 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.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit (from our spirit/inter being) and in truth (with a sincere heart).
Our worship should come from the very inter being of our heart and spirit, from the very depths of our soul, worshipping him with a pure (sincere) heart.
Matthew 5: 8
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
I Timothy 2: 8
8 I will therefore that men (and women) pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Let us to come to the house of God to openly worship Him and praise Him for the love, grace and compassion He shows us. Letting our worship be a sweet aroma to His nostrils.
We may not choose to worship Him but did you know that even the mountains, the hills and trees worship God?
Isaiah 55: 12-13
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Why worship God? Because of whom He is and what He means to us. We should worship Him because of our love for Him and because He loves us. He loved us enough to die in our place for our sins. His love is true love, not controlled by emotions. There isn’t anything we could ever say or do to stop Him from loving us. His Holy Presence in us fills a longing deep inside of us that nothing else could fill.
Psalms 107: 8-9
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
David in Psalms 57 tells us to fix our hearts on the Father above, to worship and praise Him for His mercy and grace.
Psalms 57: 7-11
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
So let us always be glad to go to the house of God to worship Him, with and open, pure hearts, filled with love for our Father and our Savior. Not only there, but everywhere we go we should be praising God for all He is, for all His love He so freely lavishes on us.
Psalms 122: 1
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.