WHAT IS BIBLICAL WORSHIP? CHAPTER 51: WORSHIP How can our worship fulfill its great purpose in the New Testament age? What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth? A. Definition and Purpose of Worship Worship is the activity of glorifying God in his presence with our voices and hearts. (1) We worship especially when we come into
Gods presence, when we are conscious of adoration of him in our hearts, and when we praise him with our voices so others may hear. (Col 3:16) (2) God called us into the assembly of the church so that as a corporate assembly we might worship him. (Ex 7:16) A. Definition and Purpose of Worship (3) Worship is a direct expression of our ultimate purpose for living, to glorify God and
fully to enjoy him forever. (Is 43:6-7; Eph 1:12) (4) God is worthy of worship and we are not. (Re 22:8-9) (5) Everything in our worship services should be designed and carried out to call attention to God and to cause people to think about him.
B. The Results of Genuine Worship 1. We Delight in God. (Ps 16:11; 73:25; Acts 2:46) 2. God Delights in Us. (Zeph 3:17; Is 62:1-5) 3. We Draw Near to God: The Amazing Unseen Reality of New Covenant Worship.
OT believers could only draw near in part. We can enter into Gods presence in worship. (Heb 10:19-22; 12:18-24) B. The Results of Genuine Worship 5. God Ministers to Us. (1 Cor 14:26; Heb 4:16) He meets with us and strengthens our faith. He intensifies our awareness of his presence.
He refreshes our spirits. 6. The Lords Enemies Flee. (2 Chron 20:22) 7. Unbelievers Know They Are in Gods Presence. (1 Cor 14:25) C. The Eternal Value of Worship
Eph 5:15-20: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV) Worship is a way to use time well.
D. How Can We Enter Into Genuine Worship? Worship is a spiritual activity and it must be empowered by the Holy Spirit working within us. (John 4:23-24) To worship in spirit and truth is best understood to mean not in the Holy Spirit, but rather in the spiritual realm, in the realm of spiritual activity. Unless our spirits are worshiping God we are not truly worshiping him.
D. How Can We Enter Into Genuine Worship? An attitude of worship comes upon us when we begin to see God as he is and then respond to his presence. (Mt 14:33; Heb 12:28-29; Is 6:1-3) D. How Can We Enter Into Genuine Worship? How can we bring ourselves to experience much more of the depth and richness of worship?
(a) Worship is a spiritual matter, and the primary solutions will therefore be spiritual onesprayer, teaching, and reconciliation with others. (b) The physical setting and structure of worship services also matter. (Mt 6:6; 21:1213) (c) The atmosphere and mood are important.
6 Eras of Worship Patriarchs Exodus Monarchy Exile
Restoration Early Church Patriarchs Who: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph
Place: anywhere, sacred places Style: very informal Always in response to Gods initiative Exodus Who: Moses and the Israelites in the desert
Place: the Tabernacle Style: becoming more formal In response to Gods acts Monarchy Who: Solomon, Jereboam, Baasha etc.
Place: the Temple Style: very formal Progression from tabernacle, with increasing rules and regulations. Obedience becomes key. Exile
Who: Daniel and others exiled in Babylon and elsewhere. Place: Synagogues Style: mixed but still mostly formal Rise in importance of the Torah
Restoration Who: Ezra, Nehemiah and returning exiles Place: the Temple and synagogues Style: very formal Merging of Monarchy and Exile. Renewed
legalism and rise of the Scribes. Early Church Who: Disciples, early converts Place: Believers houses Style: informal
Royal Priesthood, giving of the Holy Spirit Submission Hawah Most common word for worship in OT to bow down, to pay homage Physical gesture of an inward attitude Proskuneo Most common word for worship in NT to fall down, to prostrate oneself, to adore on ones knees
Physical gesture of an inward attitude Meanings of Hebrew and Greek words used for praise and worship Service Ahad to work, to do, to perform, to serve Not just used within worship gatherings Latreuo and leiturgeo
to serve, to minister Primarily used in sacrificial system in Septuagint, but of secondary importance in NT Reverence Yare to fear, to be afraid Not terror of dread, but heightened attitude of awe and respect
-- Joshua 22:25 Sebomai to revere, to be devout Way of life: inner attitude of reverence Hasa To be silent (See Habakkuk 2:20) Demonstrate Approval and Celebrate
Halal to be clear, to shine, to make a show, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to rave -Psalms 145-150 Yadah to hold out the hand, to revere or worship with extended hands Tehillah to proclaim the excellence of a person or object Shabakh to address in a loud tone 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise (halal) him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: Give thanks to (yadah) the LORD, for his love endures forever. As they began to sing and praise (tehillah), the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 2 Kings 17:35 The Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them,
You shall not fear (yare) other Gods, or bow yourselves (hawah) to them or serve (ahad) them or sacrifice to them. Some Conclusions Biblical Worship takes many forms. All of ones being may come into play: intellect, will, emotions, body parts
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