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What does Worship Mean?

It's been called a "way of life"; is that actually what it is?

I have heard people and some pastors say that worship is a “way of life”. I have given a lot of consideration to this statement. For a long time, I wrestled with the question of – is worship a way of life?  Or is it a prayer form? [The different prayer forms include: petition, thanksgiving, waiting (being quiet and listening for God’s Voice), intercession, and praise/adoration].

The more I contemplated these thoughts, the less I grew to believe that ‘worship is a way of life’. But, I can see how someone would arrive at this conclusion.  Allow me explain……

I think – after much thought and prayer about it – that worship has the appearance of a way of life.  This is because a worshiper of The Living God brings the submission, humility, servant heart, and balance in his/her attitude (from The close Accountability from The Father’s Presence) to the various situations in his/her life. So, it looks like it’s a way of life.

This is how I would define worship:

–the prayer time set aside specifically to adore, reverence and cherish God the Father – by an individual whose life is in submission to, sanctified, and in humility to The Creator and Lord, Jehovah God

If you doubt (like I did), that worship is a prayer form, let me cite an example from The Word of God – —

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He responded: “When you pray, pray in this manner – Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name…..

So, He is teaching them, in the first 10 words of His Teaching on prayer, to worship – “Lord, Hallowed be Thy Name” (if it’s this early in the prayer, it must be, in Jesus’ Mind, high priority. If that is true, should I/we prioritize worship highly? I think so!)

So, how important do you think it is to Worship The Father?

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7 Reasons to Worship

1. It’s God’s Priority – I just showed you how Jesus prioritizes worship (NT). God the Father (OT – Exodus 2):

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

5 “you shall not bow down to them nor serve them”.

To bow down is to worship, so we see here in the first of the 10 Commandments, God The Father also clearly addressing worship as a high priority.

2. Hear His Voice Clearly

Each day, 1000s of voices are clamoring for our attention. We see in 1 Kings 19:12 that often God speaks to us in a still, small Voice. If someone is whispering to me, I have to get close to them to hear what they are saying. James 4:8 says to “draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”

3. Get Light into your Life

Scriptures like this one – “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” shows us clearly that we walk in darkness. We need His Light. God is Light; closeness to Him brings Light into our life.

4. Get my Priorities Properly Aligned

Accountability – In His Presence, as I worship, creates balance in the priorities of my life – as I consider His Priorities (versus mine)

5. Worship is Part of Spiritual Warfare

James 4:7 says to “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Resisting the devil is only part of this scripture, so is incomplete. Submission to God (submission is a pre-requisite to worship) with resistance is necessary to properly engage the demonic

6. My problems appear smaller, my knowledge of Him grows in depth

Mary, Jesus’ Mother, said “my soul does magnify The Lord”. When you really stop and consider the life position she was in, you realize how faith filled these words were.

She had to tell her father and her (espoused) husband that she was pregnant, and that she never had intercourse. In addition to that, she was instantly stigmatized for the rest of her life. Think for a moment what the Pharisees meant when they told Jesus that “we weren’t born of fornication”. Do you realize what they were calling his mother? I won’t print it here as a christian man, but it’s not a nice word!

But in all this, her heart was in rejoicing – what a trusting young woman. Her statement of “my soul does magnify The Lord” makes it crystal clear that she surely was a worshiper – a person that we can all look up to – to increase our knowledge of worship!

7. Escape the clutches of deception

In Matthew 24, Jesus cautions us to beware of deception 4 different times and He also makes 2 other inferences to being deceived (a thing is “established” in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses. If He says something 4 times, it’s BIG!) – this chapter is about the end time. No man knows the hour – it’s true, but scripture says that we can recognize the season of the end time. If you ask me (and probably one half of the world), I would say that we are in that season. Deception is rampant in this time. We MUST stay close to Him to avoid being deceived. Proverbs 22:3 says “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished”. A prudent man/woman is a worshiper! And don’t forget the wise words of one of my very best pastors, Pastor Charles Stokes who said, “the worst thing about being deceived is that you don’t know it. That’s the very nature of deception!”

I hope that you will visit my website WaterfallWorship.com to check out the resources that can show you how to achieve unequaled competence in your worship. Check out Ascribe Worship – the worship concept that you won’t find anywhere else. (The Home Page explains a dilemma of frustration that I found myself in, and how God answered my deep yearning to become a worshiper with far greater depth and richness than I ever dreamed possible).

 

Charlie, a former worship leader, (who was an active praise and worship leader after traveling with the christian rock band WISDOM as their bass player/backing vocalist), now blogs and shares from his experience as well as providing tutorials on current worship songs (YouTube channel Chord Confidence). He is passionate about worship, because of how broadly and richly it can impact the life of the believer. His ebook, To The King Who is Worthy, includes the very unique worship concept Ascribe Worship, that demonstrates extremely prolific worship of God in His many Attributes, by memory.   Exponentially multiply your worship ability with Ascribe Worship

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