What is worship?
- History– Traditionally corporate Christian worshiphas been primarily liturgical
- Eucharist was the central act of worship in early Christianity – a religious act
- Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, a music lover, brought in hymns
- John Calvin and John Know sung only God-inspired psalms of the Bible, acapella
- Worship – religious devotion usually directed towards a deity
- The word worship is derived from the Old Englishworthscipe, it means worthinessor worth-ship— to give, simply put, worth to something, ex Christian worship
- While worship can be done individually – it is exponentially more powerful when done in unison with other believers
Praise comes first.
- Judges 20:18– JUDAH MEANS THE LORD IS CELEBRATED (PRAISE), SO PRAISE GOES FIRST IN A WAR.
- Psalms 150tells how to praise the Lord and says everything that has breath, praise the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 15:44-46 – Starts in the flesh, rocks are flesh – cumulates in the spirit
- Luke 19:40 – Stones will cry out
- Revelation 4:8-11– We were made for worship
- Worship releases the gift –Matthew 2:11(NLT)– They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- Worship brings out my gifts when I walk in the park – Advent gifts opened in worship
- Psalms 22:3 – While God inhabits/cohabitates/enthrones the praises of His people
- 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 – He shows His glory thru us as we worship and are transformed by Him
- Turn is epistrephō – to turn to the worship of the true God
- Praise is worship on steroids – the more weightier our worship is, the more weightier God’s presence is