foundation truth

lesson 22 - worshp

There should be times of worship and praise. A congregation should be both a worshipping and praising people. Worship is the deep prostration of our spirits before God; praise is the expression of thanks, gratitude, adoration, and applause for the goodness of God. The word “worship” means giving God His worth – making God weighty.

One of the truths God is restoring to the Body of Christ is the importance of worship. Acts 15:16; I Peter 2:9 Since worship is such a large subject – so vast in scope and content – it is imperative that every Christian desire to understand this truth. Praise and worship are two of the MOST IMPORTANT subjects in the Scriptures. Thanksgiving and praise come mostly from our mind and emotions, but worship must come from our spirit.

IS WORSHIP IMPORTANT?

  • Yes. Lucifer was the original worship leader in heaven. Ezekiel 28:13 Satan knew the value of worship. “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Matthew 4:10. Satan recognized the importance of worship and offered Jesus the world if Jesus would worship him. Isaiah 61:3; Revelation 1:6, 19:6.
  • Worship is a major activity in heaven. Revelation 4:10.

HOW ARE WE TO WORSHIP?

King David was a great worshipper of God. The prophets tell us that God will restore the tabernacle of David. Acts 15:16 Jesus tells us how to worship.

  • In spirit. John 4:24
  • In truth. John 8:32, 17:17
  • Not after the traditions of men. Mark 7:7-9
  • With the whole heart. Psalm 111:1; Psalm 9:1

WHAT DOES WORSHIP SIGNIFY?

The ministry of worship and praise signifies the priestly ministry of the believer. II Chronicles 29:11

  • The Bible teaches that we are priests to God. Revelation 1:6; I Peter 2:5
  • God has shown that He is to be approached by spiritual sacrifices. I Peter 2:5.
    • Sacrifice ourselves -Romans 12:1
    • Sacrifice our possessions – Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:16
    • The sacrifice of praise – Hebrews 13:15

WHY SHOULD WE WORSHIP?

  • God ordained a way to come into His presence. Psalm 100:4 Praise is the way we enter into God’s presence, and worship is what we do after we enter His presence.
  • God is enthroned in the worship and praise of His people Psalm 22:3
  • It is our altar of incense. Worship is an act of love in communicating with God. Psalm 141:2
  • It brings the presence of God and produces a spiritual refreshing. II Chronicles 5:13 Worship is an intimate relationship in spirit with God.
  • It is the way in which we can glorify God Psalm 50:23
  • It is our way of offering spiritual sacrifices. Hebrews 13:15
  • It is a fulfillment of prophecy. Psalm 102:18; Isaiah 12:4
  • It is a sign for believers that God is moving in our midst. Jeremiah 33:11
  • We are changed into His image by worship. Psalms 115:8, 106:19-20; Romans 1:21-23; II Corinthians 3:18
  • God promised to meet with us and speak to us when we offer sacrifices unto the Lord. Exodus 29:41-42

What are some Hindrances to Worship?

  • Hypocrisy – the heart is far from God. Mark 7:6
  • Commandments of men. Mark 7:7
  • Traditions of men. Mark 7:8

WHO IS TO WORSHIP?

  • “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by nightstand in the house of the Lord!” Psalm 134:1
  • “Oh, praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!” Psalm 117:1, 22:23,26, 145:10; Nehemiah 12:43; Psalms 132:9, 113:1

Everybody should worship God. Psalm 150:6

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton