a beginner’s course

JOHNWILLOUGHBY (2)

Rev. John Willoughby

17. WORSHIP

It is wonderful that we are able to bless our Creator through praise and worship.

1/. OUR PRAISE

Ps 34:1-3. The psalmist wrote, ” With all my heart I will praise You, O Lord my God. I will give glory to Your Name for ever” (Ps 86:12). We can show our great appreciation of God anytime and anywhere. We praise God:-

* Because of who He is – He is worthy. Ps 47:6-7.

* Because of what He does – with a thankful heart. Ps 103:1-5.

*  At all times – no matter our feelings. Ps 34:1.

* In every circumstance – when convenient or inconvenient. I Thess 5:16-18.

2/. OUR WORSHIP

Jn 4:23-24. Worship expresses our love and adoration It is possible to admire someone and appreciate what they do, without being in love with them. In the same way our worship of God expresses our love for Him. The religious rituals and ceremonies of Israel in the Old Testament became detestable to the Lord, because their hearts were far from Him (Isa 29:13). Today also He is only interested in the genuine and sincere worship from the heart.

a) Worship Him in Spirit. II Cor 3:17. True worship takes place when “the inner man”, in response to the promptings of God’s Spirit (Eph 3:16), expresses love and adoration to God. This can take the form of spoken words, a love-song or silent adoration. It is an action of the Holy Spirit, so only those who have been born again of the Spint can truly worship God (Jn 3:5-8).

b) Worship Him in truth. I Pet 2:4-5. 9-10. As a “royal priesthood” our form of worship should be Biblical. Under the Old Covenant there was much preparation of the priests, before they could go into the Holy Place to worship the Lord – sacrifice, Cleansing, anointing and special clothing (Ex 30:17-38). In the same way, we need to prepare our hearts daily, as we come into His Presence. Jesus gave us clear direction concerning this in Mt 5:23-24.

3/. EXPRESSIONS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

a) With our voices. Ps42:4. The psalmist wrote, “Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem ” (Ps 9:11).

b) With our hands. Ps 150:3-5. We use our hands by raising them, “Thus I will bless You while I live; 1 will lift up my hands in Your Name ” ( Ps 63:4. NKJ) and by clapping, “Come everyone and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise ” (Ps 47:1).

c) With our bodies. Ps 30:11. Our expressions of worship can include kneeling and bowing, “Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Ps 95:6. NKJ) or by simply standing before Him, “bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord” (Ps 134:1).

4/. THE BATTLEGROUND OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP

Satan probably led the choirs of heaven before his fall (Ez 28:13) and thus he hates us praising God. Opposition

comes from:-

a)  Our feelings. Ps 119:164. David had the answer to this, when he covenanted with God to praise Him, no matter what he felt like    My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast: I will sing and give praise ” (Ps 57.7. NKJ)

b) Demonic powers Ps 149:5-8. Certainly these   nobles” and   kings” could not be earthly rulers, but rather ”powers of darkness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). The Lord has given us victory over both our feelings and demonic powers, that we might praise and worship Him.

MY COMMITMENT

The greatest thing I will ever do in this life or in eternity is to praise and worship God. I determine today to be a true worshipper and to make this my supreme goal in life. I will tell others of this wonderful blessing.

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