Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:20-24
Most people go to church for what they can get. How many times have we said, or heard someone say that we’re going to church to get our “blessing” or that the pastor’s sermon or the music “blessed me”. What we have to realize, however, is that if we are going to church just for what we can get out of the sermon, get out of the music, or just to get blessed, we have missed the point of worship. The music and the sermon aren’t ends in themselves, they are the stimuli that creates the desire that causes us to worship God. If we think any other way, we’ve missed the point!
We go to church to worship God, and that’s done by giving, not getting. We go to offer something to Him, not to receive from Him. Granted, if we offer to Him the praise due His name, we will receive from him. There is blessing in giving, for the Lord is quoted as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b). So, worship is giving to God, not getting.
What is worship? Worship is “honor paid to a superior being.” It means “to give homage, honor, reverence, respect, adoration, praise, or glory to a superior being.”
The common New Testament word for worship is proskuneo, which means “to kiss toward, to kiss the hand, to bow down, to prostrate oneself.” The idea of worship is that one prostrates himself before a superior being with a sense of respect, awe, reverence, honor, and homage. This means that as Christians, we must apply this to God and prostrate ourselves before Him in respect and honor, paying Him the glory due His name.
Essentially, then, worship is giving – giving honor and respect to God. That is why we, gather together on Sunday. We don’t gather to give respect or honor to anyone other than God. The sermon and the music are just to be the stimuli that create the desire in our hearts to honor Him.
Do you have the proper perspective about worship? Does your honor and reverence for God put you in the right posture? Kiss toward, bow down, prostrate yourself toward God as you respect, stand in awe, reverence, honor and give Him homage. He is the Only One truly worthy of our worship.
c/Candie A. Price