What Is True Worship ?

Discussion in 'Christian Forum' started by Coot, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Coot

    Coot Elite Refuge Member

    Apr 2, 2000
    Riverside ,Texas
    True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they should worship, what music they should sing in worship, and how the worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things completely misses the point. Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from the heart and the way God calls us to. Worship can include praying, reading God's Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others. It is not limited to one act, but is done properly when the heart and attitude of the person is in the right place. The first thing we should know is that worship and praise is reserved only for God. Only he is worthy; not any of his servants (Rev 19:10). We are not to worship saints, prophets, statues, angels, any other false gods, or even Mary, mother of Jesus. We also should not be worshiping for the expectation of something in return, such as a miraculous healing. Worship is done for God, and God's pleasure alone. Worship can be public praise to God (Ps 22:22, 35:18), in a congregational setting, where we can proclaim through music and praise our adoration and thankfulness for him and what he has done for us. True worship is felt inwardly, then comes out through our actions. "Going through the motions" out of obligation is unpleasing to God, and is done completely in vain. He can see through all the hypocrisy, and he hates this. He demonstrates this in Amos 5:21-24 as he talks about coming judgment. An example is the story of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve. They both brought gift offerings to the Lord, but he was only pleased with Abel's. Cain brought the gift out of obligation; Abel brought his finest lambs from his flock. He brought out of faith and admiration for God. True worship is not confined to singing in church, or open praise (although these things are both good and we are told to do them in the Bible), but it is the acknowledgment of God and all his power and glory in the things we do. To do this, we must know God, we can not be ignorant of him (Acts 17:23). Worship is to glorify and exalt God; to show our loyalty and admiration to our Father.
  2. Dawghouse

    Dawghouse Refuge Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    Monument, CO
    Good post.

    I think worship is anything we do that acknowledges God as our Sovereign and glorifes him. I think it means everthing we do; I work hard not just because I want the best for the Navy, but because people see that and it points to our relationship with God and it is a command. I play with my kids because I am ordained by God and their Dad and developing a loving, close family is pleasing to God. I exercise because it makes me a better person all around and makes me better able to serve, work etc.

    If what you are doing at any given time is not an act of worship, why are you doing it? That can get legalistic really fast if you let it; was watching American Idol tonight really acknowledging His greatness? Nothing wrong with relaxing a little.
  3. Lowtide

    Lowtide Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 13, 2003
    Good post Coot!
  4. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

    Jun 14, 2002
    SE Idaho
    :tu :tu

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