John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
This is actually going to be part one of a four part article on true Worship. This part will look at what worship is followed by Why we worship, Where we do it, and finally How we worship.
It is important to understand what worship is. Most basic definitions tell you that it is to pay homage or honor and praise to the one who deserves it. This fits our understanding of worship because God is Holy therefore he is deserving of Worship (Psalm 96:9). Worship actually comes from the root word Worthy and is a derivative of the old English word Worthy-ship. When we worship God we are proclaiming that He is worthy of our praise.
So first and foremost worship is an outward expression. If you were to stand before a king you would bow and proclaim something to the extent of “Your Majesty.” How much more should we be that way with God? In the Old Testament Worship meant to bow down or lay prostrate. In the New Testament it meant service or work. Outward expression happens in todays church in three ways: With our mouth, our hands, and in the midst of people.
1. With Our Mouth. The word praise in the Greek is Halal. It means to make a loud noise. Our should be verbal. Does this mean that we can’t be quiet when we worship? No, but predominantly we need to be voicing with our mouth how Great God is. It should be done with a joy in our heart which should then make its way to our mouth to be proclaimed.
2. With our Hands. In the Old Testament the words Praise and Thanks can often be interchanged because they mean to stretch out one’s hand in worship. The second part of worship should be with our whole body. It is easy to worship with our heart because no one sees but when we do it with our whole being it shows surrender to God and witnesses to those who are watching. If we truly want to worship Him it must be evident to those around us.
3. In the Midst of People. Worship was never meant to be a individual thing. We can worship on our own and should. Our public worship should be a picture of our private worship. We are called to worship in the midst of the congregation (Psalm 111:1). Our worship of God is to be on public display. This is how we show our devotion to Him. Romans 10:14 says How shall they hear without a preacher? Preacher is just another word for proclaimer. We proclaim that Jesus is our God when we worship him
Let us come boldly before the throne of God and proclaim how great He is. Let us do it with our mouths, our hands, and in the midst of others.