Lifted hands to the heavens, and tears flowing down our faces… what causes such emotion and expression?!
If you ask many people what worship is, they will tell you something along the lines of ‘paying reverence to a deity’. However, the bible gives us many examples of the true essence of worshipping the ‘most high’ God.
When Isaiah saw the Lord in Isaiah chapter 6, he saw him sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Our devotion to worship God is intensified by the revelation of how we see Him and who He is to us.
Do we see God as Isaiah did? Or do we see him as big as the situations we face?
True worship is ascribing value and getting low/bowing before our true and living God. This may not mean physically bowing down at all times, but it speaks to the notion of us bowing in heart and spirit in light of the awesome majesty of our sovereign God.
We were made to worship and communion with God. In John 4:23–24:
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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Jesus is seeking for true worshippers, not seasonal worshippers, or worshippers of convenience or necessity. God requires and expects us to worship Him not just in the good times or the times of prosperity, but at ALL times.
Our worship is not confined to a physical place or space, but authentic worship is a lifestyle that manifests itself in every area of our lives – if we are at work, at school, in the supermarket or at the ball game we should worship unashamedly. The life of a true worshipper is marked by a consistent and sincere flow of adoration and praise to God regardless of the season of life that they are in.
Gratitude vs Worship
It is easy to mistake worship for gratitude. Both are extremely important, but when we are talking about authentic worship, it is important to make the distinction. Many people worship God in response to something that He has done in their lives. However, this is gratitude or even praise and not worship, because when we truly worship God, we do so for who He is and not merely for what He has done.
So if He never does another kind deed for us, He would still be God and still be deserving of all praise, glory and honor. We must always have an attitude of gratitude, but our worship should spring from a heart of reflection on who God is.
Worship God No Matter What
Will we always feel like worshipping God? Will we feel like worshipping when everything around us is caving in?
Notwithstanding, worshipping God transcends human feelings and emotions. Our situations may not always be the most favorable, but we should never refrain from worshipping God, because He requires and commands us to worship Him.
As the hymn writer penned these words,
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His Glory and grace.”
There is power in worship to shift atmospheres and change the tides of our lives, so we should never pass up an opportunity to offer worthy praise to our God.
May we seek to always give authentic and untainted worship to the Almighty God, and may we never be like those referred to in Matthew 15: 8-9 where Jesus said,
These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
But may God find pleasure in our worship at all times in all seasons.