Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100
Worship can be defined as honor paid to a superior being, homage, reverence, respect or thanks. Worship ought to be a continual, non-stopping response from the child of God. When we worship the Lord we are conveying to Him our gratitude in response to who He is and what He’s done in our lives. We must understand that on our own we have not acquired, become or deserved anything! The mere fact that we were able to awaken is simply because of the grace and mercy of the Lord. He doesn’t owe us anything, yet we owe Him everything. Because of all the second chances He’s given us, the favor He extends to us, and the fact that we don’t have to die in our sins, He is more than worthy to be praised!
True worship to the Lord is not predicated on how we feel, what we have or who we think we are. If you have an understanding of the person of God, then you are able to praise and worship Him despite how you feel, what you see, or who you think you are in this life.
There are a few biblical words for worship that embody what our attitude should be toward a loving, righteous and almighty God:
Halah – praise
Yadah – give thanks
Tehillah – sing praises to God
Pros-kenu – kiss toward
We praise, give thanks, sing praise and kiss toward our God as a result of the love and joy within our hearts. Serving the Lord should be an honor, coming into His presence is a privilege, being called His people is a treasure! He, unlike us, never changes. He remains good, His mercy never ceases and in spite of us, He continues to be a shield, protector, provider and Father! Show Him that you are a true worshipper, one who worships Him in spirit and in truth. Show Him that you are dedicated to service, to evangelism, to sharing the Gospel, to meeting the needs of others, to studying His Word and leading a life that is pleasing to Him – even when you don’t feel like it, even when things aren’t going well, even when you don’t understand, even when you’re weary.
True worship is that praise you have when no one else is looking – it’s remembering where He brought you from, it’s being grateful for what didn’t happen, it’s understanding how messed up you really could be. True worship is recognizing how huge the God you serve really is – how in control He really is and how much He really loves you. Bow down and worship Him – Halah! Yadah! Tehillah! Pros-kenu! Worship!
c/2008 Candie A. Price