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What is worship:

Before we expore the benefits of worship. It is important that we have an understading of what worship is, and what is not. What is worship? The Hebrew word for worship is shachah which means to prostrate (in homage to God); to humbly beseech. True worship is an intimate and deep awe for God from the heart.

What worship is not:

The bible talks about ignorant worship, in Acts 17:23 where Paul confronts the Greeks for worshiping an unknown deity. Knowledge of who God is is important when worshiping Him Psalm 47:7

The bible talks about vain worship, in Matthew 15:7-9. The problem Jesus had with the Pharisees form of worship was 1) They would worship God with their lips, but their heart was not dedicated to God and 2) The commandments of God were not as important (i.e honoring father and mother) as their traditions (i.e. washing hands). Jesus called this vain worship because it was not from the heart and the law of God which is far more important was held below traditions of men.

The bible also talks about will worship, in Colossians 2:23 where Paul is referring to doctrines of men (refraining from such things that God says is okay to touch/eat) that this type of worship appears as if it one has devotion to God through the act of false humility even though they do not edify the flesh in any way. An example of this is people who wont take a job because they think they should live off of “faith” for their finances even though there is nothing wrong with working for a living (2 Thessalonians 3:17-20).

What worship is:

True worship is also God-centered. It ascribes worth and appreciation to God out of a heart of gratitude (Psalm 100: 1-5) and is reinforced with godly living. Jesus said in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. Worshiping God in spirit means walking in the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). David said this in Psalm 96:9. Worshipping God in truth means worshipping God in purity, not selfishly, not religiously, not bound by temples or times or dates, but worshiping God anywhere, at any time, because He is God (John 4:20-21, Acts 17:24-25, 1 Peter 2:5).