We have a problem in our Churches. Sure, we gather each Sunday (or Saturday, for those who chose to celebrate the true Sabbath). But we seem to lack a sincere spirit of worship. I don’t know why. It could be because we don’t understand the difference between Worship and Praise.
I have heard it said that Praise is unidirectional. What I mean is that we go to church (or other times when we feel inspired) and praise God. However, did you ever realize the He does not praise us? Our praise is an acknowledgment of our Father’s power; the authority He holds; His wisdom; and how worthy of praise and adoration He is! So actually, our praise doesn’t require any response, does it? When you give your son credit for achieving some award, you don’t expect him to respond, do you? Sure, maybe a thank you, but not much more.
Oh, but when you talk about worship, we are talking about something that is relational. We aren’t just celebrating our communion, our intimacy with our Lord, we are also talking about His communion with us.
“Give to Yahweh, you families of the nations.
Give to Yahweh glory and power.
That is an example of praise!
Give to Yahweh the glory his name deserves.
Bring an offering, and come to him.
Worship Yahweh in his holy splendor” (I Chronicles 16:28-29).
There is an example of worship!
As Moses explained:
Listen, Yahweh is our Elohim. Yahweh is the only God. Love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today (Deuteronomy) 6:4-6
In other words, when we worship our Father, we are describing our love for Him; when we love, we worship! It is that simple. Once you understand your absolute need for His love, you can’t do anything other than to love Him! It is an exaltation of our love for Him! You see, once we experience the freedom from our past life, we can’t help but love Him!
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
As Newton proclaimed,
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see
I am not talking about a shallow and overly emotional experience. No, no! If that were the case, once the emotion was over; when the music faded; the excitement of the moment disappeared, the fervor of our passion would cool, and so would our worship. If you have never recognized that you were “a wretch like me! you could never understand this love.
Many of us have experienced that dry, passionless period in our life that lead to a joyless legalism, yet we still seek that joyous appreciation we see in the Scriptures. The more we know about our Lord, the more we can appreciate Him. The more we appreciate Him, the deeper our worship will become! The deeper our worship, the more our God is glorified!
In your weekly (or preferably, daily) experience, do you need to capture a spirit of worship? Do you need a fresh revelation of how great our Father is? Do you need to put away all of your fears and prejudices against a deeper life and to be filled with the Holy Spirit? He is the only One who can raise your cold heart to capture the art of true worship. Allow Him to have that free reign in your life so you can experience a true sense of worship!
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