Worship is the celebration of God for who He is and what He has done. Read Malachi 1:6-7. Coming to Church does not equal worship. Worship has to do with honoring God for who He is. When we talk about worship, we are talking about giving glory to the Lord, glory due His name (Psalm 29:2). Worship is giving God what He deserves and nothing less.
A. The Object of Worship:
Read John 4:23-24. Who is the God you are worshiping?
He is the Father.
We call the Lord, our Father. First of all, He is our Father by virtue of creation. He made it all and He owns it all. God deserves to be worshiped. In psalm 24:1, David wrote “the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). God is also your Father because you are a member of His family. He is the head of our household. He is our “Daddy”. The God we worship is also the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). That means that you cannot worship God if you leave out Christ.
He is Spirit.
Jesus goes on to say that God is Spirit. That means that you cannot worship God with your body alone because God is without a body. He is immaterial. He is invisible, yet He is a person who possesses intellect, will and emotions. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit.
He is Glorious
We come to worship God, not to have God worship us. We come to make Him feel good. We come to worship God because of His intrinsic glory. His glory is bound up in His person. It is part of who He is.
B. Convictions about Worship:
Only believers can truly worship God. The direction of worship is from believers to God. We magnify God’s name in worship by expressing our love and commitment to Him. Unbelievers cannot do this. Ways of expressing our love for God include praying, singing, thanking, listening, giving, testifying, trusting and obeying His Word.
You don’t need a building to worship God. Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them: (Matthew 18:20).
There is no correct style of worship. Jesus only gave two requirements for legitimate worship. “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
Worship is a powerful witness to unbelievers when God’s presence is felt and the message is understandable. I Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, God’s presence was evident in the disciples’ worship service; it attracted the attention of unbelievers throughout the entire city. Three thousand people were saved that day. God’s presence must be sensed in the service. There is intimate connection between worship and evangelism. It is the goal of evangelism to produce worshipers of God. The Bible tells us that “the Father seeks worshipers” (John 4:23), so evangelism is the task of recruiting worshipers for God. At the same time, it is worship that provides the motivation for evangelism. It produces the desire in us to tell others about Christ. In genuine worship, God’s presence is felt, God’s pardon is offered, God’s purposes are revealed, and God’s power is displayed.
C. The Spheres of Worship:
Worship happens in two spheres: public and private. Public worship demonstrates that you recognize you are not an only child in the kingdom, but part of a bigger family. There are things God will do for you in public that are not’t necessarily available to you in private worship. It was in the context of public worship that the early Church experienced certain miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:42-44; 12:1-2).
Public worship is designed to benefit others as well as yourself. God wants to use you and your worship to encourage others (Hebrews 10:24-25). God expects us to worship and He awaits His people in the place of public worship
(I Corinthians 11:18-24).
Private worship demonstrates that worship is in you because the Spirit of God indwells you. Psalm 113:3 says, “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Praise and worship are to be the daily routine of life. God wants our worship privately and corporately with the body of believers. Anyone who is worshiping privately will have no problem worshiping publicly with other believers and becoming the disciple Christ saved him or her to be.
D. The Context of Worship
What makes up worship? Worship begins with a divine invitation (Exodus 24:1).
When you do not worship, you turn God down. An example of an invitation, can be
found in Psalms 95: 1-2 states, “come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful
noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”
Singing is putting the truth of God to music. Worship penetrates our emotions. We worship the Lord in our movement. Psalm95:6 states ”O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” God invites us to a worship that involves the expression of a whole range of emotions. Another part of the invitation to worship is silence (Habakkuk 2:20). This is a time to reflect on God’s goodness.
Worship also involves reading and proclaiming God’s Word. Hearing the word of God can add to your understanding, that is why we read the scriptures during worship It is through the Word that God speaks. The purpose of a sermon is to challenge people with the truth of God. We worship God with our tithes and offering (Hebrews 13:15). God deserves our offerings. He has also commanded us to bring our gifts to Him. He wants us to acknowledge that all we are and all we have comes from Him.