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Worship is a life style

                                                                     


SS4TB1O5NQWorship is a life style

 

“It’s a lot easier to sing a song than it is to stop and touch the broken. It’s a lot less taxing to go to church than to take ‘church’ to the world. But sharing with others is a sacrifice of worship that makes God smile.” ~ Louie Giglio; The Air I Breathe

Worship isn’t just about music. Worship isn’t just an activity that is planned and programmed. Worship is about glorifying God with our lives. When we seek to honor God, we worship Him.

Worship happens anytime and anyplace. It happens Sunday mornings at church. It happens Wednesday night at Bible Study. It happens when we chat with our neighbor. It happens when we serve those in need. It happens when we show love to the lonely. Worship is what being a Christian is all about.

Worship is a life lived in response to God’s gracious blessings. God has given us so much. We owe Him every breath we breathe. He is responsible for our talents we use. God has given us blessing after blessing. Only a life of continual praise can honor God’s numerous gifts to us.

{15} With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name.{16} Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing go God. (Hebrews 13:15-16; NLT)
This passage in Hebrews we see three important aspects of worship:

1. Worship is done through Jesus. A person cannot truly worship God unless he has first given his life to Jesus. It is Jesus who makes us acceptable in God’s sight, and thus makes our worship acceptable. It is Jesus’ life which models the life of worship we are to live. Jesus made it clear that His life was about glorify God; “I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do” (John 17:4; NLT). By using Jesus as an example we begin to understand what it means to live a life of worship.

2. Sacrifice is essential to worship. In order to worship God we have to give up things that are important to us. God doesn’t expect us to sacrifice in order to make our lives miserable. Rather God wants us to realize that only He can bring true joy into our lives. Sacrifice is an indication of the love we have for God. We only worship what we value the most. If we are unwilling to sacrifice money, entertainment, time, relationships, or hobbies for God then it is proof we love something else more than we love God. Sacrifice reveals the true love of our hearts.

3. Helping others is worship. Serving those in need is a primary part of worship. The reason service is part of worship is because it gives other people the opportunity to praise and honor God. Many people don’t praise God because they don’t know the love He has for them. Through our service we become vehicles of God’s love which allows the people we serve to experience God’s love.

If we are really interested in worshiping God we will want others to join in that worship. If we relegate worship to a once a week activity of singing and fellowship, then we have missed the bigger picture of what worship really is. Worship is about honoring our Creator in everything we do. It is a response to God for all that He has given to our lives. This means every moment is the right time to worship.

What is worship in a Christian context?

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What is worship in a Christian context?

I’m a musician in my church. Some would call my position ‘worship leader’. I think of myself as more of a song leader. My service to the church I attend is to facilitate worship through the medium of music. I work with singers and musicians to lead our local church in singing about and to God himself. This singing contains songs based on Christian scripture which is the bases for our belief in God. We sing songs of adoration to him and about him. Some of our songs are for the purpose of motivating us to acknowledge and give him thanks. There are other songs meant to remind us of who God is. Some songs are like a prayer to him letting him know that we know that we are dependent on him for everything. There is more however to the act of worship.

Let’s start with a bible based definition of worship fromWebsters……..

WORSHIP, v.t.

  1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.

Thou shalt worship no other God. Exo 34.

  1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.

Nor worshipd with a waxen epitaph.

  1. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.

With bended knees I daily worship her.

WORSHIP, v.i.

  1. To perform acts of adoration.
  1. To perform religious service.

And now from the Hebrew with biblical reference …..

Exo 34:14  For thou shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Psa 29:2  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Isa_49:7  Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despise, to him whom the nation abhorrer, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

In each case this is the Hebrew meaning of the word worship…….

a primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causative) enslave, etc. :- × be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.

Hebrew Word: ‏עָבַד‎

Root: a primitive root

Part of Speech: verb

Also there is the Greek understanding of the meaning of the word…..

Mat 4:10  Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your  God, and him only shall you serve.

The Greek meaning…..

Transliteration: proskyneō

Phonetic Pronunciation:pros-koo-neh’-o

Definition:

from <G4314> (pros) and a probably derivative of <G2965> (kuon) (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literal or figurative) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) :- worship.

Greek Word: προσκυνέω

Root: from <G4314> and a probable derivative of <G2965> (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand)

Part of Speech: verb

With these things in mind; the next post will discuss the practical application of Christian Worship.

So what do you think? What is worshipping God mean to you? How much of your life should you give to it?

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