Throughout its pages, the Bible admonishes us to worship God the creator of heaven and earth. In a church setting, worshiping the Lord is very exhilarating. Its methods, however, have been rooted in many controversies.
The goal of this writing is to look beyond the “church worship service.” We want to focus on a lifestyle of worship according to the Word of God. The best place to start in the Bible at the beginning.
Did you ever stop and take notice of the significance of the first 4 words in the Bible. “In the beginning God. . .” It didn’t say in the beginning there was a God. No, He just started to create.
Sinful man with the help of the devil, the father of lies came up with the notion of multiple gods. Deuteronomy 4:35 clarifies, the Lord is God and there is no other.
Jesus and the Apostle Paul both declared in the New Testament that there is one God. With that said, there is no one else nor nothing else to worship but God.
Read this related post out of the book of Isaiah called, There Is One God, A Fact That Will Never Change.
Many of the Psalms Include Worship and Praise to God
For verses on worship, you don’t have to go too deep into the Psalms. The entire book contains a collection of praises and worship to the Lord.
In the New Living Translation of the Bible, the word worship is used 25 times in the Psalms. These references point to how and when to worship God and also what not to worship.
Who May Worship God?
In Psalm 15, the Psalmist answered two important questions about worshiping God and entering into His presence.
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Psalm 15:1
- Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
- Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.
- And those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord. And keep their promises even when it hurts.
- Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
- Such people will stand firm forever. Psalm 15:2-5
Check out this related post called, How To Enter Into The Presence Of The Almighty.
According to Psalm 24, all can approach Him but not everyone can enter into His presence. Those who have a right relationship with Jesus as Savior have access to the presence of God.
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence. Psalm 24:4-6
Read this related post on Psalm 24 called, Open The Way And Let The King Of Glory Enter.
Worship the Lord Through Praise
An outward way of worship to the Lord comes in the form of our praise to God. The Psalms are filled with verses of praise. The concluding Psalm is completely dedicated of ways to praise God.
- 1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!
- 2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
- 3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp!
- 4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!
- 5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
- 6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:1-6
Psalm 148 is also filled with verses of praise. Check out this related post called, Let Every Created Thing Give Praise To The Lord.
The word praise appears over 180 times in the Psalms. They point to how, when, and where we should praise Him. They also lift up God because of His worthiness and majesty.
Praises to God in the Psalms are never-ending.
- I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies. Psalm 18:3
- I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates. Psalm 19:14
- With every bone in my body, I will praise him. Psalm 35:10
- I will praise you among the nations. Psalm 18:49
- I will praise you among your assembled people. Psalm 22:22
- Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long. Psalm 35:28
- I will publicly praise the Lord. Psalm 26:12
- I will praise the Lord at all times, I will constantly speak his praises. Psalm 34:1
- Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
- I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. Psalm 9:1
- I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:5,11
Shout to the Lord
I have heard people say that their relationship with God is a private matter. The only problem with that type of thinking is, that it’s not biblical.
I understand some people may be introverted. I tend to be that way myself.
Nothing, however, should ever keep us from declaring outwardly who God is to us. Because of intimidation, some people won’t proclaim their worship to God.
When we get to heaven you might feel out of place if you don’t like to publicly worship God. Look what John recorded in Revelation.
After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. Revelation 19:1
Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Revelation 19:6
The End Of Time
In Revelation 21, after God created a new heaven and a new earth. And the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.
Then the new Jerusalem came down from God out of heaven. The Bible says an excited shout filled the air.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. Revelation 21:3
Our Worship of God Results in Unspeakable Joy
Jesus prayed for His disciples (and us) in John 17. In His prayer, He said this to the Father about His followers.
Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. John 17:13
The joy He prayed about would come as a result of a statement He said a couple of verses later.
I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. John 17:19
We can only be made holy by God’s truth when He becomes the object of all our worship. And giving Him our complete devotion.
Check out the post I wrote on John 17 called, Jesus Prayed For Us! Did You Know That?
John the Apostle talked about joy in his first epistle. Our life must reflect the light of Christ and our conduct must be pleasing to God.
According to 1 John, we show our love and devotion to the Lord by the way we treat others. This is a practical way of living out our worship of God.
Read about what John in a post called, The Joy of The Lord Is A unique Experience.
Depression Can Disappear
We must worship God even when we don’t feel like it or if we are depressed. Psalm 12 revealed how David handled depression. We must get past our feeling and go straight to the Lord.
O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Psalm 13:3
David’s delight in God replaced his depression. He trusted in God’s unfailing love. He rejoiced because the Lord rescued him. And he sang to the Lord because of His goodness.
Take a moment to check out this related post on Psalm 13 called, How To Turn Depression into Delight.
Genuine Worship Comes from Consistently Following God
The writings of the Apostle Paul serve as books of instruction or we could call them a road map. They help us to maintain our Christian lives by keeping us on the road to heaven.
They also teach us godly obedience which is necessary if we want to offer God genuine worship. In Ephesians look at how Paul started this letter.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Ephesians 1:3
In chapter 1, Paul went on to give us 7 reasons to celebrate living our life “in Christ.” In other words, the benefits of worshiping God with a holy life.
You can read about those benefits in a post called, 7 Reasons to Celebrate Your Life in Christ.
Is Jesus the Cornerstone of Your Life?
Do you trust Jesus? Maybe you trust Him for this and this and this. But you have a hard time trusting Him for that. Then what is your answer? Look at what Peter said about trusting Him.
You who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. 1 Peter 2:7
That is not the whole verse though. Peter flipped the coin over and said lack of trust is rejection.
But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” 1 Peter 2:7
For a building, the cornerstone is set in place for a specific purpose. It makes sure when the structure is built, it will sit solid on its foundation.
When we don’t trust Jesus in a specific area of our life, what are we doing? We are questioning the foundation Christ has laid for us.
For more insight read the post called, How Important Is Having A Cornerstone For Your Life?
Do you trust the Lord to save you and take you to heaven? Then trust Him for everything else. Look past your circumstances and worship God.
God Cares about You!
He cares about what you are going through. But, He doesn’t always end things the way we would like them to end. We can trust and worship God because of His grace. John wrote;
From his abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16-17
We can and should rely on the grace of God. Check out this related post called, How To Continually Rely On The Grace Of God.
Live a Life of Expectation
I wrote a post called, Expect A Miracle When You Need One. And why not? Just don’t be disappointed if God chooses to bless you another way.
David was identified as a man after God’s own heart. With that, he experienced his share of hard times. He didn’t dwell on them though. Instead, he turned to the Lord, a practice we can all learn from.
I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Psalm 30:1-3
Check out this post written from what David said in Psalm 30 called, How To Experience Victory, Healing And Life.
God does many things for us. Some of them are obvious. Other things we may not find out about until we get to heaven.
Let’s move past the idea of expecting what God can do for us. To what He will do through us. When worship becomes a person’s focus then they will expect God to work through them.
Read about a wonderful miracle God did for Israel through Samuel. It’s a Bible story that never became popular. The post is called, What Great Thing Will God Do Through You Today?
Seek God and Worship Him Because Jesus Is Coming Again
The Prophet Isaiah wrote about how Exciting Grand Reunions Will Happen In The End Times.
In chapter 11, his focus was mainly on the reunion of Israel in the last days.
It talks also about the millennium reign of Christ. Doctrinally speaking, it doesn’t matter what your view of the end time is. We can all agree though, that we will spend eternity with the Lord.
We’ve already talked about the wonderful things that will happen when time will be no more. During that time we’ll gather with millions and freely worship God without intimidation.
But we’re not there yet. Our enemy the devil, will do all he can to throw fear into us to keep us from worshiping.
Fear, however, is not of God. When we turn to God in worship, He will strengthen us. Look what Isaiah wrote in chapter 41.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
In that one verse, God told us that in His presence we can overcome fear. Encouragement comes because He is God. And we have victory because of His powerful right hand.
I wrote a post called, Are You Ready For A New Beginning? Maybe you’re a new Christian or you’ve been saved for years.
But I’m asking the same question of both and those in between. Because when we focus our worship on God we have a promise that His mercies are new every day.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” Lamentations 3:22-24
Psalm 126 tells us the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! So let’s do as Isaiah wrote, worship the Lord and exalt His wonderful name.
Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1
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