Saturday, March 10, 2007

Day 13 – Worship that pleases God

God is not interested in half hearted commitment, partial obedience and left over of my time and money. He simply desires my full devotion. If the issue is that you don’t know how to worship Him, I am here to tell you that there is not a right way of worship – Hebrews 12 vs. 28 – Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. My worship of God must be based on the scripture, not on my opinion of Him, but on the truth.John 4 vs. 23 – yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

My worship of God should be authentic, genuine and heartfelt. This is becasue heartless praise is no praise at all. It’s not a matter of saying the right words, It is worthless in the sight of God, and is an insult to Him. God looks past our words to see the attitude of our hearts – 1 Sam. 16vs.7b – The Lord does not look at the things man look at. Men looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.

There are many forms of praise that are mentioned in the Bible, among which includes:

Confessing – Hebrews 13 vs. 13 – Let us continue to offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess His name.

Singing – Psalm 7 vs. 17 – I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will say praise to the name of the most high.

Shouting – Ezra 3 vs. 11 – with praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord. He is good, His love to Israel endures for ever.

Dancing – Psalm 149 vs. 3 – Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.

Playing musical instrument – Psalm 150 vs. 3 – Praise Him with sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with harp and lyre.

Raising hands – Nehemiah 8 vs. 6 – Ezra praised the Lord, the great Lord, and all the people lifted their hands and responded Amen, Amen; then they bowed down and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

Others include shouting, standing in honour, kneeling, making a joyful noise.

My worship to God should be thoughtful as this pleases Him. As If my worship is mindless, it is meaningless and Jesus called such worship vain repetitions – Matt. 6 vs. 7 – And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans for they thank they will be heard because of their many words. It is so much easier to offer clichés in worship instead of making the effort to honour God with fresh words. I know I do this, but I ought to be specific – 1 Corinth. 14 vs. 40 – Paul reminds me that everything I do must be in an orderly way and my worship to be understandable to unbelievers who happens to be in my mist.

Lessons Learnt on Day 13

That my worship should be practical – Romans 12 vs. 1 – to offer my body as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God – and to cost me something. As Real worship costs - 2 Sam. 24 vs. 24 – I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing. He wants me to live for Him. One thing that worship does cost is selfcentredness for I cannot exalt God and myself at the same time. That I don’t worship to be seen by others or to please myself; worship is not always convenient or comfortable and some times worship really is a sheer act of the will, a willing sacrifice. That my worship of Him is truly important – to love the Lord with all I have.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

a worship that pleases God is all I want.

Cherub (former Bijouxoxo) said...

"It is so much easier to offer clichés in worship instead of making the effort to honour God with fresh words."
This is so true esp. if u've been in church a long time. U just know the "right" way to position urself when in worship mode and we shld be very careful. I just pray to be able to lose myself whilst worshiping the one true God.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

@cherub its actually something Im trying to do. to talk to God, with trying to sound all prim and proper with all the right words.

OmoJesu said...

@Cherub you are absolutely right, looking back now I do realize I don't worship or pray in my native language so much just because I think I have to be so called “proper” which God does not care about as long as we worship him.
Most times we tend to only blurt out our problems to God and forgetting to praise him. Am always looking forward to praise and worship in church and I pray the Holy Spirit would guide me as I develop myself in doing the same at home.