Summary: Today is the day in which many people all across the world is coming to a church to "worship" the Lord. But many people have the wrong idea of what worship really is.
The 10 Aspects of Worship
By Jessica McCall - Daddy’s Girl
Introduction: Today is the day in which many people all across the world is coming to a church to "worship" the Lord. But many people have the wrong idea of what worship really is.
The dictionary defines worship as adoration, homage to be given to God. I feel like this definition does nothing for what its true meaning is. Dr. W. M. Temple, a British preacher, defines worship like this: For to worship is to quicken the conscience by the Holiness of God; to feed the mind with the truth of God; to purge the imagination by the beauty of God; to open the heart to the love of God; to devote the will to the purpose of God.
I. THE DESIRE FOR WORSHIP:
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
David wanted to worship. You can see the reflections of his worship
throughout the Book of Psalms. We have got to desire and have a complete passion for the presence of God in our lives. It has got to be something that we desire more than anything else. We can’t find fulfillment in anything else but when we are completely consumed with the presence of God.
II. REMEMBER GOD’S BLESSINGS and THANK HIM FOR THEM:
A. His Everyday Blessings
1 Thess. 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Happiness, sadness, etc.
B. God’s Blessings give us contentment.
1 Tim. 6:6-10
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
I mean if people would just enjoy lives with what they have then life would be so much simpler. But instead everyone is trying to keep up with what everyone else has got they always have to be better then the person next to them. But I can tell you that that doesn’t bring you happiness at all. And in the end when it’s all over, you will be more miserable then the people who never did have money. Because all good things come to an end. So, stay focused on God and you’ll have all you can ever stand. And so much more.
III. SEARCH YOUR HEART—The Lord’s Table is where we do this.
1 Cor. 11:28
A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
These are the steps when we are preparing to take communion with the Father. This is taken very seriously and is not to be played with. But yet it is something that we are not doing a lot of. It seems that a lot of people have gotten away from it being apart of their lives.
A. Search your heart for sin.
Satan deceived Eve but Adam sinned willingly. His deliberate sin against the Lord severed that communication that each true believer desires to have with him.
So, we have to repent of everything that is not of God in our lives. We have to come to him holy and acceptable in his sight.
B. Rest in the fact that God has forgiven all your sins.
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
So, just as God has forgiven you of everything that you’ve ever done if you’ve asked him too. You also have to forgive anyone who has ever wronged you. Because you may think it’s hard but imagine God you have completely rejected him time after time and yet he forgives you every time when you ask. So, he wouldn’t ask you to do something that he knew you couldn’t do.
C. Ask God to help you to be Obedient to Christ and the Word of God.