Worship should be like breathing its life.

Ex 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous God

In the Old Testament God set out before the people of Israel precise and detail instruction concerning the tabernacle. Every detail had to be exact, and every measurement precise. Then God laid out how and who could approach his presence. This means that No one was under any illusion about the sanctity and holiness of the tabernacle. It also means a man could only approach God on Gods conditions. When two sons of the High priest tried to place any old fire on the altar, and therefore break those conditions it was met by death. You did not trifle with God blueprint.

When we come to the New Testament we have similar instructions on how to approach God. The details were laid out for us by Jesus. The conditions of which he met by becoming the sacrificial lamb. The burn offering that was consumed on the sacrificial Alter. The curtain that separated priests and God was torn in two signifying that the access to God was now open. The way to approach God was precise and clear. God laid out the conditions and we have to abide upon those conditions or else.

In the Old the temple was a place of separation, in the New we become the temple and the place of unification. The Old it speaks of alienation and in the new a place of friendship. However the condition upon which we draw nigh is still according to Gods precise blueprint.

Mat 6: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Many approach God by any means available. Roman Catholics flock to give praise and veneration to Mary. believing that she can intercede in a way they cannot. They make a great effort to separate that they only venerate Mary as opposed to worshipping her. Yet the word venerate is simply another word for worship.

The heart very often cannot make such theological distinctions.

THE MIND AND WILL TURNS WHERE THE HEART LEADS. WHERE YOU HEART IS THAT IS WHERE YOU’RE WORSHIP WILL BE.

On the subject of worship someone puts it like this

Worship is a dialogue in which God and God’s people speak with one another. We listen as God speaks to us in scripture, as the word is preached, and as Christ’s presence comes close to us in Holy Communion. We respond to God’s love with our praises, our prayers, and the offering of our whole selves. When we gather for worship we desire to discern God’s will so that we may carry it out in daily life. To worship is to acknowledge God’s worth in acts of praise as well as in daily life.http://www.baptist.org.uk/what-is-worship.html

This explanation is good, but I still feel that there is more to define worship than just this comment. In many churches worship is simply what we do on a Sunday when we stand to sing and in some churches even to dance. But is there more to worship? How do I know if I am worshipping what is right?

Definition of worship from a variety of sources.

Worship is the thank you that can’t be silenced” – Max Lucado

Worship is the gift of participating by the power of the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father.” ~ James Torrance .

Be The Change Worship helps break down the barrier between man and God allowing him to minister to us and change us from the inside out….

WORSHIP is: Our response both personal and corporate to GOD- for who HE is! and for what HE has done! Expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.Louie Giglio

Personally define it as… ‘True worship is an all-consuming, Spirit fuelled, truth filled response to the revelation of God.

John MacArthur, Jr. is absolutely correct when he says: “That consuming, selfless desire to give to God is the essence and the heart of worship. It begins with the giving first of ourselves, and then of our attitudes, and then of our possessions — until worship is a way of life” (The Ultimate Priority, p. 14).

Now all these definitions are good but do they say really what worship is.

What worship is not?

Worship is not having a good time, although it can and is enjoyable. Worship is not having a me time. Something which I derive pleasure because it satisfies something in me. Not does it necessarily something which God demands. Nor is it the scraps that we feel we can throw at him. Something that passes the time before the minister comes out to preach.

How worship is described.

Worship by definition is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship — to give, at its simplest, worth to something. So what we place before all else as our greatest of worth is what we inevitable give as worship

Worship must be freely given as an expression of gratitude to one who becomes highly favoured in our sight..

BLUE PRINT!!

Worship has to be based on the same precise instruction as God lay down with the tabernacle. Nothing has been left to chance. God’s blueprint is exact and it works according to the makers plan.

Rom 8: 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

1 Cor 2: 10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Rom 8: 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Our worship of God has to start with the reality that as the temple of God, he now dwells within the believer. In so doing the ministry and work of the HOLY SPIRIT is to bring about a desire plan within our lives.

This is where it starts. We have the spirit of God dwelling within and it his ministry to make real our fellowship with God and to bring us into a place of communion with the living God. Because he can express who God is he is more than able to reveal God to us. The Holy Spirit helps us express ourselves to God. He is the one that brings up beyond the veil, into the holy place and finally into the holy of holies.

Eph 1: 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

In many occasions we just don’t know what to pray. Yet we know that the Holy Spirit helps us with groaning which cannot be heard. We yearn to give a closer and more glorious expression to our prayer and worship. Catholics look to Mary to intercede for them and yet as we see it is God himself who working within. It is he that is actually the one who does the interceding on our behalf. What more can we hope for when God moves on our behalf to help give expression to what we desire. We have this interaction between God and the believer that gives expression and reality to our worship. We have before us the precise blueprint and instruction as to Gods New Testament Tabernacle. He says come boldly to the throne of God

Heb 13: 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle

The priests were allowed to partake of the altar, but even they have no access to this altar of grace.

The door is open and the welcome sign has been put out. The invitations have been sent. Who will come and enter the holy of holies. Who will enter into the place where God resides, the throne room of heaven. Who will willingly freely and openly give worship to this holy God?

The light has dawned and we refuse to go back into the darkness. We now rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of Glory. Everyday becomes a challenge and an opportunity to express that worship in what we do and what we say.

But things don’t finish there because we also have a high priest Jesus Christ who intercedes on our behalf, so that we have both the Holy Spirit and our High priest ministering to make things work. What more can we have on our sides. But it does not stop there because the father also is out there batting and cheering for us .

Gal 4: 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father

Rom 1: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ

2 Cor 6: 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

So now we even have the father working to bring his plan to fulfilment. Now at this stage if you get the revelation you should be jumping fences with the reality of all this.

How can we do anything else but give up our time and space to worship one that is so glorious. Now worship comes because we come into the reality and appreciation that this is HOOOOOOOW much God was worked. He went the extra miles to bring us sinful creature into the very presence of purity and holiness. Now I believe there is a connection between our worship and holiness, because as we give up our worship we enter into a place of holiness. In that place we are touched and changed by it. We should come away with a deeper sense of the glory, the holiness and purity of God. You cannot come into the throne room and not be changed. When the priests did service in the tabernacle they were forever changed by it. It is not about me and mine , but about coming to appreciate more of him. It has been found that when men experienced the living God, in times past their lives were never quite the same again. So our worship should bring us into contact with God and he with us. That fellowship should have an impact on us. Now I love to worship because I don’t just get a kick out of it. But I do it because I have grown more and more to appreciate what God has done.

From the moment we are saved the work of the Holy Spirit is to make alive that relationship with God and to point us to Jesus.  In return he points us to God as the all and in all.  The process of revelation of worship and desire is already put in place.  There is no need to worship or seek another.  The Helper has come and he will guide teach and comfort us.  He becomes the impious, the spark that light up our lives and make worship of God real and dynamic.   He helps us to give expression of our worship to God.  You see a finite being is not omnipresent and cannot take on such a role.  God however is more than capable of doing it.  The believer becomes the temple in which God can now dwell in all his glory

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