As we walk through our series on “Why am I a Christian,” we found ourselves looking at the thought of “Why do we Worship?” In this post we’re going to dive a bit deeper into the thought of worship, and the way it applies to “how” we worship.
There are many ways that a Christian can worship God Almighty, but it must begin with doing it in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We worship in truth by first knowing truth, and that truth is that God is the ONLY “god” that deserves our worship. He created us (Genesis 1:1), saved us (John 3:16), cares for us (1 Peter 5:17), and is more powerful than anything this world has ever known (Revelation 1:8 summarizes this perfectly).
This entire post could be just on the God who we worship and why He is the only one worthy of our praise and adoration, but let’s focus this article on the various ways that we can worship. This is not an all-inclusive list, but I hope it is one that encourages you to hopefully branch out and try a new form of worship that you may not be currently partaking in!
Worship through Music
Worshipping through music is something that most of us are familiar with. This can be with an instrument, or by singing. We worship him in song. We find this form of worship all throughout Scripture, but one of my favorites is from 2 Chronicles 5:11-14. It says this:
11 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
It’s amazing to see in this passage that by offering worship to God, God’s presence fell on the Temple. It wasn’t asking for God’s presence that brought Him there, it was offering praise and thanksgiving for how truly amazing and glorious God is (verse 13). Next time you need to feel God close to you, try worshipping Him in song. This can be done both in church and in the privacy of your own home!
Worship through Prayer
God wants our fellowship and wants to have a personal relationship with us. He went so far as to send His only son to die for us, that we might return back into a proper relationship with Him. He talks to us in a number of ways. Through the Word, through other Christians, through life circumstances, and more. How do we converse with Him? Through prayer. We worship God in prayer because we are recognizing Him for who He is. Our Heavenly Father. The One who is our guide, our rock, and our protector. Start your day in prayer, end it in prayer, and pray throughout the day. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 goes so far as to say, “pray without ceasing.”
Worship through Giving
One form of worship is by giving financially. 1 Chronicles 29:9-13 says:
9 Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. 10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
I don’t have space to include the entirety of chapter 29, but I would strongly encourage you to read it for yourself. The people came and gave freely to the Lord, and then worshipped Him because of the fact that ALL provision comes from Him. They praised God because of the fact that they had the money to give. Us giving back to God is us recognizing that He is in control over all things, including our finances, and that as a form of worship we then give it back to Him.
Worship through Serving
Finally, at least for this blog post, let’s look at the fact that we worship through serving Him. This is actually what we are called to do. Romans 12:1 says this, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” We worship God by serving Him. By giving up ourselves daily. By crucifying the flesh as Paul reminds us. We lay down our fleshly and human desires because we understand there is a far greater cause to fulfill, and that is the cause of sharing the love of Jesus throughout the whole world. Worship God through service. Jump into a ministry at your church. Ask someone this week, “how can I help you?” and let God work through you!
As I mentioned at the start of this article, there are many ways in which we can worship, and so this is not an all-inclusive list, but one I hope is helpful to you. Do some personal study on other ways that we can worship the God of all creation, and comment them below!