Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Saturday, April 15, 2006

How do you worship?

How do you worship God?

Are you there as an observer, or do you get past all those barriers and worship Him?

The word for worship in the Hebrew is shachah. It is translated , to bow down, to do reverence, to prostrate, beseech humbly. One cannot understand worship if they don't relate it to the whole body. There are instances that we stretch out our hands towards God, and sometimes it is a bending of the knee, or even falling on our face as in Leviticus 9:24.

"Which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces." (Leviticus 9:24b)

This is a Godly reverence. There is something about bowing down before the Lord.

The Greek word for worship is proskuneo. This word is used more than fifty times in the New Testament. It is a combination of two words that make up one: pros means towards, and kuneo means to kiss. The best example of this is Mary as she washed the feet of Jesus with the precious ointment oil, and tears then kissed His feet.

Man was made to worship. It is not a choice that we have, it is a choice of whom we shall worship. Even the devil failed to succeed in temtping Jesus in the wilderness.

"All these kingdoms of the world will I give you if you bow down and worship me, Jesus responded to him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." (Matthew 4:10)

What ever we worship will ultimately serving. It proves the old saying: the more we worship someone or something, the more our commitment towards that thing increases, the more we shall become like that thing we worship.

We were made to worship by nature, our choice is will it be God or something else?

Worship is not just worship, but breaking through those barriers, those strong holds that are holding us back. Worship is just yielding to God! Why would you not?

Worship is a life of transforming power, a life of delighting in Him!

We have to let go of the natural thinking and give God all the glory that He deserves. It is seeking for God, and listening for His heartbeat. Waiting for God to breath on you! We are expressing our dependency upon Him as we worship Him.

God's heavenly choir and angels bow down to worship Him.

"The living creatures gave glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat upon the throne, who liveth forever and ever. The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat upon the throne, and worship Him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, Thou art worthy O lord to recieve glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:9-11)

We need to get a desire for more of God, a hunger for His presence. We need to be in that place of praise and worship that welcomes His Holy Spirit. It is not just the worship that comes out of our mouths, but the actions of our life that also worship and give Him the glory.

"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 truth." (John 4:23-24)


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