The Heart of a Worshipper (December 2014)

The Heart of a Worshipper

What is Worship? (Part 2)

Because we love our Lord and have a relationship with Him, we want to pray. In prayer we communicate with Him one on one; payer should be a continuous part of our waking day, to pray without ceasing, for as we commune with the Holy Spirit, all else fades away. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)Meditation – “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silent before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20) “. . . I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12) “Sanctify [set them apart] them by your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) What a concept: to keep silent before Him. This is His desire, but He is dealing with human will. After Jesus became the propitiation, the Holy Spirit came and through Him, we have His leading and guidance. He is our counselor and comforter. If we give Him time, He will show us the way to the Most Holy Place where we commune face to face with God. We were created to have fellowship with God. “So God created man in his own image . . . “ (Genesis 1:27) Deep within our spirit we desire a true relationship with our Lord, we long to spend time with Him daily truly getting to know Him. “Look! I’ve been standing at the door and constantly knocking. Anyone . . . opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:30) This desire is inherent within us, it is not recognizable outwardly, but as you turn your focus to Jesus, the desire begins to grow; at first it is a spark, then a small flame which when kindled begins to blaze and if we allow Him, it will be all consuming. We will desire to be possessed by the Holy Spirit. We must pray in the Spirit until we feel a release of what we are believing for from our Precious Lord, and trust that it is done through the Power of the Name of Jesus, and the finished work of Christ on the Cross. All of our desires will be prompted by the Holy Spirit, and it is there for the taking, if we dare to believe! “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” (Psalm 37:4-7) Jesus died to make a relationship with God possible. “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.” (John 8:42) Only through Jesus do we know the Father and only through the Father do we know the Son. “God has invited you into this wonderful friendship with His Son Christ our Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:9) God called Abraham “My friend” and he wants to have the same friendship with us. Personal time alone with God was Jesus’ source of strength. Jesus often withdrew to isolated places and prayed. “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35) We too should follow this example and be willing to sit at His feet. Are you? Last month we contemplated what worship really is? What it comes down to is our devotion to the Lord and the many ways we are able to express it. As we continue to think about what worship is we begin to understand how to make it a focal point in our daily lives. Children nurtured in a loving relationship with their parents respond with love, devotion and respect. A natural desire to obey is cultivated through this bond in order bring honor and to please. The same is true for a Christian and his Heavenly Father. Obedience is of utmost importance to God. Jesus did nothing until the Holy Spirit revealed it to Him and He always obeyed the will of the Father. Through our obedience we worship our Lord. Our love and devotion drive us to want to please and honor Him by obeying His word and His precepts. Obedience brings about faithfulness, for when we are faithful, God allows us to minister to Him. Through the blood of Christ when we accept Christ as our Savior and are washed in His blood, we are cleansed of all unrighteousness, we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ and we become priests. We stand clothed in His strength for His service. “But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me . . . They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me. And they shall keep My charge.” (Ezekiel 44:15-16) Because of Jesus, we can go directly into the Most Holy place to commune with God. Our giving of ourselves, including our time, is an expression of our worship, because it helps us to take the focus off of us a put it on others. Being other centered like Christ. “Now concerning the collection for the Saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatians, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside storing up as he may prosper . . .” (I Corinthians 16:1-2) Giving is to your local body helps to support the church and missions both local and abroad. It also is a form of obedience unto the Lord, so that He may bless us in return. “And now, behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land which you, O Lord, have given me. Then you shall set it before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 26:10) This attitude of thankfulness in giving, allows God to pour out His blessings upon us. He loves us so very much and wants to bless us profusely. So we must be willing to give to Him our time in prayer, and as we pray and spend time with Him, He will reveal to us what He wishes us to give not only financially, but in all other aspects of our lives.