There are many different acts of worship: singing songs, giving an offering, reading scripture, praying, being still and listening to God, etc… Assuming that you already know all these, that is not what I’m going to focus on in the posts to come. I’m going to try and focus on when and how worship happens in our lives. And most importantly how can we apply it to out lives, and be creatures of Godly worship.
Just a disclaimer: Some of the ideas and outlines in these blogs following came from “Teen Life Ministries” © 2004
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When it comes to Worship there is one oxymoron, Selfish Worship. When we worship the One true God (YAHWEH), there is nothing selfish about it. The truth is that when we truly worship it’s not about us, It’s all about God. Wanting Worship to be about us is when we start thinking about “Our” favorite songs, “our” favorite style, “our” favorite volume level, etc… It’s ludicrous!!! When it becomes about what “we” want, our worship takes on a new form called “Idol worship”. We are worshipping the Idol of ourselves, our wants, our desires.
Worship reminds us that it’s ALL ABOUT GOD!! The words that we sing remind us of God. The prayers that are prayed point us to God. The scripture that we read reminds us of God’s promises. And my favorite, the times of silence help us concentrate on God and His will for us.
The Meanings about Worship:
Hebrew: (appears 172 times in the Old Testament)
SCHACAH – to worship and to bow down. Genesis 22:5
BARAK – to kneel and to bless. 1 Chronicles 29:20