There are many opinions as to what worship is. I will share my perspective. What is worship? I define worship as reverence, respect, submission, admiration, and honor towards God. So, how exactly do we worship God? Simply put, we worship God with our LIVES. All that we say and do, is worship. We worship God with all of our being, through our character and actions.
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1
Notice, Romans 12:1 urges us to offer ourselves as LIVING sacrifices. Everyday we live we are to offer ourselves to God, through all that we say and do. Our lifestyle, our way of living is an indicator of who we serve.
“Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness.” Romans 6:16
As you can see, our lifestyle and way of living reveals who we serve, submit to and obey. Remember that worship is submission.
Worship is beyond going to church, singing a song, dancing, and reading the scriptures. Although worship embodies all of the aforementioned there is more to worship. That which we say and do are all physical manifestations of worship. Worship is beyond just the physical.
Worship is spiritual. Many are unaware that we are more spiritual than physical. When we leave this earthly flesh, it deteriorates; but our spirits live on, our spirits are eternal. When we worship God we do so with our spirits, our flesh only manifests what is done in the spirit. Everything that physically happens on Earth is first done Spiritually. Therefore, when we worship God, we must worship in our purest forms, which is Spirit.
“But a time is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24
Remember Romans 12:1, we are to present ourselves as living and holy sacrifices unto God for this is our SPIRITUAL service of WORSHIP. Our spirits reveal our true nature. It reveals whether we serve God or the Adversary. It reveals whether we are a part of and work for the Kingdom of God (Light) or the kingdom of the adversary (Darkness).
John 4:23-24, states that we must also worship God in TRUTH. How do we worship in truth? Let us first define what truth is not. Truth is not and is free of simulation, pretense, lies, and deceit. Pretense is to make something that is not true, appear to be true. Simulation is imitation, the act of pretending. We have to worship God in our purest form, which is Spirit and our most authentic form, which is truth.
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of their doings.” Jeremiah 17:10
We can not hide who we truly are. For God knows our spirits. God knows the depths of us. Our worship must be authentic.
“The Lord said, ‘Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.” Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8
“Having a form of godliness, but denying its power; Turn away from such people.” 2 Timothy 3:5
We must not be like those who appear to be godly, righteous, and worshipers of The Most High God. For God knows. We must not worship in pretense (making our worship appear to be true, pretending). We must worship in TRUTH. Purely from our hearts, our spirits. God is looking for those who will worship Him truly and purely, with pure hearts.
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
We also worship God, by being set apart. We make the conscious decision to not do what everyone else in the world does. We are careful as to who we keep company with. We are careful about who and what we listen to. We guard our mouth, ears, and eyes.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.” Psalm 119:37
“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your honor all day long.” Psalm 71:8
We worship God with the complete essence of who we are, with our lives, with what we say and do. Remember your character and how you live your life, indicates who you serve and submit to.