Summary: The meaning of worship, the object of worship and importance.
A STUDY ON WORSHIP
“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalms twenty-nine and verse two.
The church bulletin stated that the Sunday morning worship would begin at eleven. So there was an opening pray followed by some singing and then the offering was received. The pastor then presented his three points and a poem and service was dismissed and the people left the church, never having entered into worship.
That scenario is repeated to often in many of our churches today, we attend service and sings songs and listen to the sermon, and it’s more about us than about our worship to God, the creator, redeemer and soon coming King.
I would like to present a study on WORSHIP, and in this series I would like to explore the MEANING OF WORSHIP, THE IMPORTANCE OF WORSHIP, and THE OBJECT OF WORSHIP AND THE POWER OF WORSHIP. I believe that if we learned the value of worship, we will find ourselves entering into a new and exciting relationship with the Father.
The term worship is like many other great words, such as grace and love, they are difficult to define. It’s like trying to tell someone what a rose smells like, or the flavor of the taste of honey. Worship is more easily experienced than described.
When Jesus spoke to the women at the well He stated, “The hour come and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeks such to worship Him.” and then said, “God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in sprit and in truth.”
God’s glory is the result of His nature and acts. He is wonderful in character, for He is holy, good and lovely. The actions which flow from His character are glorious, and while He intends that His nature be in His creation, He alone is to be worshipped.
Shall the vessel exalt itself above the one who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the tempest? “Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord Glory and strength; give unto Him the honor that is due unto His name.”
In an attempt to define the meaning of worship, one describes it as “The overflow of a grateful heart, with the understanding of Divine Favor.” In other words, worship is spontaneous as it flows from a grateful heart. When you enter into true worship, you will find that the things of life and those around you become less important, for your focus is on Him.
David spoke of this when he sang, “My heart is inditing a good matter.” The marginal rendering is, “My heart boils, or bubbles up.” And again in the twenty-third Psalms David speaks of worship saying, “You anoints my head with oil, my cup runs over.”
Worship is the outpouring of the soul at rest in the presence of God. And from the Songs of Solomon we have these words, “I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet unto my taste. He brought me to the banqueting table, and His banner over me is love.”
Another has defined worship as, “The occupation of the heart, not with its need or even with its blessing, but with God Himself.” Whatever approach we may take to worship it only the regenerated believer that can spiritually and intelligently worship the Father and the Son, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The bible teaches us that “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Jesus while talking to the woman at the well used the analogy of water to describe the spiritual life which He came to make possible to all who believe. And this living water comes into the believer when he or she is born again, and springs up into everlasting life.
He said to the woman, “But whosoever drink of the water that I give shall never thirst again.” And this water that we have received flows out in our worship and the cycle is completed. The rain falls from the heavens the sun recycles it, and then it falls again.
Long ago Solomon made the discovery that though all the rivers ran into the sea, yet the sea did not become full. “Unto the place from whence the rivers come thither they return.” Thus the spiritual life which flows to us from God, we then returned to Him in our worship.
The word most commonly translated worship in the word of God is, PRO-SKUN-NOE. This word means to do reverence, or homage, by prostration; to pay divine homage, to worship and adore. In Matthew’s gospel the wise men are recorded as saying; “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? We are come to worship Him, and when they saw the young child, they fell down and worshipped Him.”