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The Why & What of Worship A Bible Study

Why do you worship God?

  • To fulfil your weekly obligation?
  • To gain favour from God?
  • To regain a sense of God's presence in your life?

Why should we worship God?

Read Revelation 4:11 and 5:9-14

Why does God deserve our worship?

Do you worship God for selfish motives or simply because he is worthy of it?

What would change in your life of worship if you worshipped God simply because he is worthy of it?

What then is worship?
Worship is ACTIVELY expressing our deep reverence and intimate love for GOD through SURRENDER.

Read through Psalm 95, 96 & 100. Find all the action words (verbs) that describe worship.

From all of the action words that you could find, how could you summarize what worship is all about?

The Bible does not distinguish between "traditional" worship or "charasmatic" worship. God's point is that our worship needs to be active - using our whole body, soul, mind and spirit. That's how he wants to be loved.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deut. 6:4-5 NIV
True worship is God-directed. It is giving worth away from ourselves to God. By definition, true worship is not self-focused. That seems obvious.

But, how often do we get into self-worship, even when we are meaning to worship God?

The Old Testament form of worshipping God centered around the concept of sacrifice. The Israelites were instructed to bring the best of their flock or field to the LORD as a sacrifice. These sacrificial offerings would then be devoted to God and burned up before him.

Read Romans 12:1
What is our spiritual form of worship that is pleasing to God?
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15 NIV

What could you sacrifice to God as your pleasing worship before him? What fresh sacrifice could you bring him? Take a moment to wait on God and ask him for new ideas of worship that you could bring to him.

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