Seven Things I’ve Learned About Worship

Worship is natural and everyone worships. The object of their worship may be different, but it is clear that worship is part of our makeup. Although there are those who worship created things, we are instructed to only worship the creator.

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Here are some things I’ve learned about worship.

1. Worship Needs Preparation

The Mind needs to be readied to worship. If you’re looking for a personal time of worship, make sure to find a quiet place for you to concentrate.

When you go to church or small group, get there early. Allow your heart, mind, and body to be still. That’s one way for you to be ready, rather than rushing to worship.

The Heart has to have the single focus for God. Prepare your heart by removing distractions. Remove every distraction that draws our focus away from God.

The Body needs to be separated for God. Keep your body separated for God and Him only. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

2. Worship Has an Audience of One

Whenever we gather, God has already come. He has been expecting you. He longs to have your attention. You already have his.

Only God needs to be pleased. Seek to please no other. Because you are his child, he is already pleased. As a father, when my children call, I often answer their call with a smile. I am already pleased with them just because they are my children.

Our Father needs to be our entire focus. What about other things we focus on? They are not a focus when we focus on the Father.

3. Worship is the End, Not a Means to an End

We worship to worship. Just that. No other agenda.

As a pastor, I would like the people to be focused and ready for my sermons. But that is not the purpose of worship.

So why is worship the end? And not a means to an end? Simply because God is worthy of our worship.

4. Worship Needs to be Personal and Corporate

Both forms of worship are important. We value worship as a community because God has called us into community. The church as the body of Christ can only live when the parts are together. Therefore we worship as small communities representing the greater community of the Church of Jesus.

We worship individually because each person needs to make the decision to follow Jesus. That decision is individual within the corporate context of commitment. God will speak to us personally as we spend time with Him.

5. Worship is Life/Life is Worship

Worship is more than an event. It is life itself. We live for God and to God.

After all, God was the one who gave us life, breath, and everything to sustain us. So we live our lives as worship to God.

6. Worship should be natural, from within

True worship originates from the heart. It is a response to God and to life. It is a response to God out of thankfulness. It is a response to life as the only means to make sense of life.

Worship that originates from anywhere other than within us. becomes a performance. Then it is no longer worship.

7. Worship is best in the midst of pain

There are some who refrain from worship due to the intense amount of pain in their lives. They run from God out of confusion or guilt.

But we can run to our heavenly Father as a child runs in pain to the parents any time of the day. The immediate reaction of the child is to run to and not away from the parents.

Go to Him. Let Him shower His love on you when you hurt. There you will find rest in His embrace.

Your Turn

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, 11 October 2015. 1 Comment on Seven Things I’ve Learned About Worship. Category: Worship.

About Alexi George

Alexi is the pastor of Adoor Vineyard Church and Associate Professor of Old Testament at Faith Theological Seminary, India. He's earned the B.A. in Christian Ministry from West Coast Christian College, Fresno, CA, the M.Div. in Biblical Languages and Christian Education from Evangel University, Springfield, MO, and the D.Th. in Old Testament from University of South Africa.

1 Comment

  1. jairy Joseph says:

    Worship is often made very complicated. It is a simple communion with God. As simple as a little child running to his father. The child jps on to his father’s lap where he feels absolutely safe and there is an innocent exchamge of love. The child believes that all his neefs are met by his paremts. That does mot mean they give him everything on the world. Paremts know what are the rigjt things to give their child at the right time
    So also our Father in Heaven
    In worship thete has to be sucj intimacy. There should be no guilt or fear in worship. Your heart should be poured out in gratitude and love. Many think God is a far away big power wanting to take His wrath on us for our iniquities. So they lack intimacy. They feel unworthy to approach God. But we are justified through faith in Christ. Amen.

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