Worship

Originally Posted on July 12, 2010 by Kevin

From the book: The New Convert’s Handbook
Written by Pastor Kevin R. Airrington

Most people wrongly associate worship with singing hymns in church. While Praise is vocal; worship is more physical and it has to do with your attitude. Think of it as an attitude of the body. You can worship vocally, but it is not worship if it is not an attitude of the body.

If John 4:23 tells us, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” Then we must get in the spirit as we worship God. All your energy, all your focus must be on Him. Don’t worry about what your neighbor is doing or is not doing. Especially, do not be concern if you are the only one in worship…others may be singing, but are they worshiping?

There are many ways to worship with our bodies. We can simply show a reverence for God by get as low as we can, by bowing or laying face down flat on the floor. In Psalm 95:6 David says these words, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. We worship in our most humble position by bowing or kneeling. The Prophet Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 51:23, “…bow down… and thou hast laid thy body as the ground.”This is true worship.

Here is a list of ways to worship with our bodies from the scriptures. They are in no particular order and one is of no greater importance than the other. As with the orchestra of prayer — you may have a form of worship that is your favorite, but the righteous, fervent man will be an expert in all forms.

Standing — It is out of respect that we STAND and Praise the Lord.

1 Kings 8:22, “And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:”
1 Chronicles 23:30, “And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even:”
Psalm 134:1, “Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.”
• Kneeling — We kneel as an act of submission and reverence to the Lord.
Psalm 96:6, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
Acts 20:36, “And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.”
Philippians 2:10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

Lifting Holy Hands — By lifting our hands we are saying, “I surrender to your will Lord.” This is also an outward sign of us lifting our hearts toward Heaven.

Psalm 63:4, “Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”
Psalm 134:2, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.”
Psalm 28:2, “Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.”
1 Kings 8:54, “And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.”
Lamentations 3:41, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”

Clapping Our Hands — We clap our hands to express joy and victory. Of Jesus gives you joy, clap your hands. If you have won the victory through Jesus, clap your hands.

Psalm 47:1, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”
Isaiah 55:12, “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Psalm 98:8, “Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together”

Dancing — We dance with joy in celebration of what the Redeemer has done in our lives. The word “rejoice” in Hebrew means to spin, leap or jump for joy.

Psalm 30:11, “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;”
• Exedus 15:20, “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.”
1 Samuel 18:6, “And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.”
Psalm 149:3, “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.”
Psalm 150:4, “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”

Laughter — Laughter releases joy you have for the Lord. This is not to be confused with so called, “laughing revivals”. These people seek their own pleasure. However, laughing is an acceptable form of Biblical worship.

Genesis 17:17, “Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?”
Psalm 2:4, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.”
Psalm 126:2, “Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.”
• Ecclesiastics 3:4, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
Matthew 9:24, “He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.”
Luke 6:21, “Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.”

Shouting — Shouting releases joy and can be used as a weapon in spiritual warfare.

Psalm 32:11, “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
Psalm 71:23, “My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.”
Isaiah 12:6, “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”
Ezra 3:11, “And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.”
Psalm 81:1, “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.”

John Wesley had this to say about worship, “The Bible centers round the worship of God. Jesus said: “The time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s spirit people will worship the Father as He really is, offering Him the true worship that He wants.” (John 4:23–24)

The worship of God is the chief end of man. We are to live before God in praise, adoration, reverence, thankfulness and awe, but also though obedience and holy living. Strong, regular worship services are the powerhouse of the church, for when we gather together we encourage one another to live for God. Christians gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, to baptize new members, to read Scripture, to listen to God speak to them through other Christians, to experience healing, to pray and praise God. Where churches neglect the worshiping heart, their ministry fails. Once great churches today have little ministry, because they let their worshiping congregations die.” {emphases added}

Make worship a regular part of your prayer life, in church and at home.  If you are not in an attitude of worship with your body, you are not worshiping.   The Creator of all is worthy of our worship.

2010 Copyright © Kevin R. Airrington All rights reserved.

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