“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
“But we all ... are changed ... even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:17
BY DR. JACK
Reprinted by Maranatha Revival Crusade, Perth
by permission of Jack McAlister,
International Prayer Mission, Sylmar, California
Printed by MRC in August 1984, in Secunderabad, India
This is a study of the marvel and mystery
clearly stated by Jesus Christ, “The Father SEEKS Worshipers”
“TRUE Worshipers who Worship in Spirit and Truth.”
First and foremost we must always remember . . .
WORSHIP IS PRIMARILY FOR GOD
Just as Calvary was primarily for God . . .
to satisfy His justice, righteousness, and judgment against sin.
At Calvary “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.”
(2 Corinthians 5:19)
God did not say, “I seek dedicated, educated, hard workers.”
HE SAID, “I SEEK WORSHIPERS.”
FOR CHRISTIANS - WORSHIP IS JOB #ONE!
.... our first, primary responsibility and joy.
Worship and Praise is the Foundation for
Personal and Church Growth
Worship builds fellowships of Believers.
“Perhaps the greatest need in all of
for a clear understanding of the biblical teaching about
- Dr. John Mac Arthur Jr.
We WORSHIP God for who He is ... concerns
We PRAISE God for what He does . . .
concerns His actions.
- Pastor Jack Hayford
In this seminar manual,
“Ps,” is an abbreviation for Psalms.
LORD spelt with four capital letters, stands for the Hebrew
letters – YHWH,
which is the sacred Name of God. It is usually pronounced as
A GREAT SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
WORK – WORSHIP
A. W. TOZER STATEMENT REGARDING WORSHIP
WHY DO I WORSHIP?
WHY DON’T I WORSHIP?
WORSHIP - WHO, WHERE AND WHEN?
HOW GOD SAYS, “WORSHIP”
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I WORSHIP?
PRAISE AND WORSHIP IN ALL 66 BOOKS OF OUR BIBLE
A GREAT SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE IS JUST AHEAD FOR YOU!
God says, “Be not conformed to this world (a great danger
we face), but
Then God graciously tells us how
“By the Renewing of Your Mind”
Transformed Living is not just a “catch phrase.” This is
something God guarantees to do. God can ... and He is the
only One who can. He renews minds - through His Word.
Mary attended a recent seminar and wrote afterward:
“God has shown me - no matter what I’ve done to change -
ONLY WORSHIP will change my life of resentment, anger and
bitterness. He will do the changing as I worship Him - and
bring joy into my life.”
A nationally known TV preacher attended and said:
“I have taught God’s Word around the world - but now I
realize I knew nothing about the importance of Worship. I
know now that I’ve been out of balance in my relationship
with God. I have “short changed” Him of the Worship and
Praise that is rightfully His. I repent. God has moved me to
a new level of understanding in this Seminar!”
These are two who were TRANSFORMED by the renewing of their
minds. Minds are renewed by the Word of God. This Seminar
involves 422 Scriptures. God’s power is behind His Word.
Christ says, “These words are not just words - they are
spirit and they are life.” No wonder the Holy Spirit
produces . . .
2 Corinthians 3:17. “But we all … ARE CHANGED, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.”
Christ says, “According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matt
9:29). Believe that He will change your life - He will.
Then together we will rejoice in ...
A Personal Word . . .
For more than 35 years I served Christ and His Body with
almost no awareness of the place of Worship and Praise. Only
in the very recent past has God opened “the eyes of my
I am particularly indebted to Jack Hayford; as my Pastor he
modeled all the truths which 1 am endeavoring to share in
this Seminar. He has seen a congregation grow from 18
members to a happy fellowship of almost 10,000 - as a direct
result of practicing Biblical teachings about Worship.
I am also grateful to Pastor John MacArthur Jr., whose
recent book, “THE ULTIMATE PRIORITY” provided a strong
scriptural base for Worship. I highly recommend his
excellent Moody Press book.
My understanding of Worship has been further enriched by the
books of A. W. Tozer (he wrote some very strong statements
about Worship); Judson Cornwall, Anne Ortlund, John Powell,
Jim McAlister and others.
Above all - I am exceedingly grateful for the illumination
of the Holy Spirit concerning more than 200 exhortations,
instructions and statements about Worship and Praise -
written by King David.
No single truth has so transformed my personal life and ministry.
Please join me as we go forward in an ongoing, daily
ministry to God. We shall discover more Worship truths as we
walk down this path of Praise and Power. - Jack McAlister
WORK - WORSHIP
Work, work, work. The Christian ethic is work.
Worship, worship, worship. The Father’s ethic is worship.
We don’t seem to hear Him say,
I desire your worship, I seek your worship,
and when you worship Me, I will hear your
I’ll bring your wandering children home,
vitality to weakened relationships,
vigor to your sick and wounded,
and courage to the sorrowful.
But we plunge headlong into our work forgetting that our
work is of value only —
after we worship, and that He created us above all other
creatures to worship —
and experience new levels of intimacy with Him.
How sad that we don’t realize the truth in the words,
“The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever.”
When we worship we get to know Him — who He is —
how He thinks, and that He acts according to His plan.
He does mighty things for His worshiping children.
“Greater things shall ye do,” He said.
We are so busy …
going through the motions of worshiping, playing our games,
(My Bible is marked more than your Bible —
I tithe 20% of my gross; I witness to 5 people every week;
I am going on a 40-day fast),
that we are becoming experts in religious one-upmanship.
We are proud of our good works,
going to church, making a living,
caring for our homes, majoring on minor things,
and minoring on essential things –
so that in the end we are consumed by boredom, frazzled to
not knowing that He created us with an empty,
aching, yearning feeling that can only be filled as we
A. W. TOZER
This saintly giant served as a pastor in Christian and
Missionary Alliance churches from 1919 to 1963. For 23
years he edited “The Alliance Witness.” Following is
an excerpt from his writings:
“WORSHIP, THE MISSING JEWEL OF THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH”
Why did Christ come? Why was He conceived? Why was He born?
Why was He crucified? Why did He rise again? Why is He now
at the right hand of the Father?
The answer to all these questions is, “In order that He
might make worshipers out of rebels; in order that He might
restore us again to the place of worship we knew when we
were first created.”
Now because we were created to worship, worship is the
normal employment, of moral beings. It’s the normal
employment, not something stuck on or added, like listening
to a concert or admiring flowers. It is something that is
built into human nature.
Every glimpse of heaven shows them worshiping; Ezekiel
1:1-5, the creatures out of the fire were worshiping God;
Isaiah 6:1-6, we see the LORD high and lifted up and hear
the creatures saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of
Hosts”; Revelation 4:8-11. God opens heaven and we see them
there worshiping God the Father; and in the fifth chapter,
verses 6 to 14, we see them worshiping God the Son.
Worship is a moral imperative. In Luke 19:37-40 the whole
multitude of disciples were worshiping the Lord as He came
along, and some rebuked them. The Lord said, “Don’t rebuke
them; if they didn’t worship Me the stones would cry out.”
Now, worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism.
We’re organized; we work; we have our agendas. We have
almost everything, but there’s one thing that the churches,
even the gospel churches do not have: that is the ability to
worship. We are not cultivating the art of worship. It’s the
one shining gem that is lost to the modern church, and I
believe that we ought to search for this until we find it.
Worship is commitment to a major life principle.
In one to three years you will see great fruit in your
personal life and in the spiritual vitality of your church.
Worship is not a “spiritual fad” - something that comes and
Worship does not have to do with the salvation of your
Worship releases God’s Presence and power in your life.
Worship is an all-encompassing response to a great and holy
“Worship is the essential expression of service rendered to
- Dr. John MacArthur Jr.
Worship is the supreme duty of the creature toward the
Creator. It is …
... a grand celebration of God’s goodness and majesty.
... honor and adoration directed to God.
... ministry to God - giving God something of yourself.
... doing for God what He cannot do for Himself.
Literal Definition: “ascribing to God His worth,” & “to prostrate oneself before God.”
TO GOD, SUCCESS IN LIFE IS LEARNING TO WORSHIP
Worship is not . . . “waiting on the Lord,” prayer,
There are many passages of Scripture related to Praise and
Worship. Luke tells of angels praising God; wise men
worshiping; shepherds returning and glorifying and praising
God. The Gospels and Acts tell of the blind, the lepers, and
others, healed - who worshiped and praised God.
This study does not attempt to cover all OT or NT
instructions or exhortations or statements regarding this
glorious subject of Worship and Praise. We shall focus
attention on the Psalms and the words of Christ in John
THE DISCOVERY OF ALL GREAT BIBLE TRUTHS INVOLVES …
SEARCH … “WITH ALL THY HEART.”
THIS JOYFUL SEARCH SHALL END WHEN WE WORSHIP IN ETERNITY.
HOW IMPORTANT IS WORSHIP TO GOD?
Here are two small clues:
1. God describes the creation of all the world in 31
God describes the creation of the place of Worship
(the Tabernacle) in 243 verses!
2. In Exodus 30:34-36 God tells His people how to make
incense (a symbol of Worship).
He says - if you make this special incense for yourself
- you will be cut off. No one can take from God what He
planned for Himself . . . that is holy.
When Christian worship is dull and joyless,
Jesus Christ has been left outside.
That is the only possible explanation.
- James S. Stewart
WHY DO I WORSHIP?
PS. 47:7. “For God is the King of all the earth; sing
praises with understanding.”
PS. 119:27. “Make me to understand the way of Your
precepts: and I shall talk of Your wondrous works.”
PS. 119:130. “The entrance of Your words gives light; it
gives understanding to the simple.”
I worship, NOT because I’m told to, or should do . . . but
BECAUSE I WANT TO.
PS. 45:1. “My heart overflows with a good theme ...”
The Foundation or Key to Worship is KNOWING GOD
‘‘The only way to know God is to make knowledge of God the
primary pursuit of your life.” -
Dr. John MacArthur, Jr.
“Our greatest need is constantly to revise our concept of
God, who is always infinitely greater and more loving than
our finite minds can possibly grasp.”
- Rev. John Powell.
CAN WE UNDERSTAND GOD?
Jeremiah. 29:13. “You shall seek Me and find Me when you
search for Me with all your heart.”
PS. 22:26. “Those who seek Him shall praise the LORD.”
The most basic essential in Worship is the Worshiper’s
understanding of God.
We can learn about Worship best from the One we worship.
Christ’s major teaching regarding Worship is in John 4:4-10
JOHN 4:10. “... IF YOU KNEW…
the gift of God & (2) and who it is . . .”
JOHN 17:3. “This is life eternal, that they might KNOW You,
the only true God.”
KNOWING GOD IS A LIFE AND DEATH MATTER
2 THESS 1:7-8. “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven
with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on
those who do not know God.”
Our first study of Worship revolves around these three
JOHN 4:10. Christ: “If you knew the gift of God . . . and
who God is ...”
PS. 103:2. David: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget
not all His benefits.”
PS. 68:19. “Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with
People only worship gods who benefit them (REAL OR
Because of the benefits ... PEOPLE WORSHIP THE GOD OF MONEY.
We now study . . .
SEVEN MAJOR ATTRIBUTES OR CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD
AND HOW EACH ONE BENEFITS YOU.
EACH TRUTH WILL INSPIRE YOU TO WORSHIP.
ALWAYS REMEMBER . . . FIRST AND FOREMOST
WORSHIP IS FOR GOD
Primarily - we go to church to give Him worship.
Secondarily- we receive from Him through His Word.
I. God Is Omniscient
HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHING
JOHN 4:7-29. The Samaritan woman first learned about His
omniscience. “Call your husband ...”
“Come and see a man who told me all things I ever did.”
God KNOWS ... the knowable and the unknowable.
God KNOWS ... all - He’s the only One who does.
ROM. 16:27. “The only wise God.”
GOD DOESN’T LEARN - He knows ... who taught God?
No secret word ... thought ... deed. God doesn’t count your
hairs - He knows.
PS. 147:5. “Great is our Lord and of great power; His
understanding is infinite.”
God sees beyond the exterior:
REV. 2:23. “I am He who searches the minds and hearts.”
God hears our thoughts as if on NBC or ABC or CBS radio.
ISAIAH 66:18. “I know their ... thoughts.”
SPURGEON: “While the subject of God humbles the mind, it
also expands it. He who often thinks of God will have a
larger mind than the man who simply plods around on this
narrow globe ... The most excellent study for expanding the
soul is the science of Christ and Him crucified, and the
knowledge of the Eternal One in the glorious Trinity.
Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify
the whole of man.”
BENEFITS TO YOU
God knows all ... loves you perfectly and therefore
... Romans 8:28 … He can make all things work together for
It’s great comfort to know He knows everything about me
... I’m insignificant? Never mind ... HE KNOWS ALL.
MALACHI: Great judgment prophesied ... God’s people wondered
... will we be swept away?
MAL. 3:16, 17. “Then they that feared the LORD spoke often
to one another: and the LORD gave attention, and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was written before Him, for those
who feared the LORD, and that thought upon His Name.”
And then the assurance:
“And they shall be mine, says the LORD of Hosts, in that day
when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man
spares his own son who serves him.”
REV. 13:8. God has a book with your name in it - no one is
outside of His knowledge ... He knows we belong to Him.
MATT. 6:25-33. He who looks after birds, lilies, grass,
knows all about you and will look after you.
(3) Truth of Omniscience helps protect you from sin.
God is a teacher who never leaves the room!
2 COR. 5:10. We will all give account to God.
1 COR. 4:5. God will bring to light hidden things of
(4) He knows all ... and He corrects me
in love. Peter denied Him three times.
JOHN 21. Christ confronts Peter three times ... “Do you
Peter’s appeal : “You know all things ... You know I love
You.” God sees beyond our disobedience and failure ... to a
heart of love for Him.
Closing ... regarding His omniscience:
PS. 40:5. “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
which You have done, and Your thoughts which are toward us;
they cannot be recounted to You in order. If I would declare
and speak of them, they would be more than can be numbered.”
2. God Is Omnipresent
GOD IS EVERYWHERE at all times.
JER. 23:24. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”
GOD IS NOT CONFINED to a building, location or object.
Unsaved in the nations associate their god with a place.
JOHN 4:20. “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain.”
Some Scripture appears misleading:
GEN. 11:5. “God came down to see the city...”
Putting this difficult truth into language we understand it
means: He was giving that city His special attention ... God
doesn’t travel. He’s everywhere!
Even His closest friends didn’t always recognize Christ.
JOHN 20:14. “... she turned ... and saw Jesus standing, and
knew not that it was Jesus.”
GOD HAS A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH
BELIEVERS – the “temple of God.”
1 COR. 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of
God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
GOD IS PRESENT WITH EVERYONE. Like the sun’s rays that may
fall on a rotten corpse ... a corpse doesn’t corrupt the
sunbeams. Nothing defiles Him ... God is everywhere ...
unmixed with any thing ... nothing corrupts Him.
BENEFITS TO YOU
(1) Assurance. All our experiences and
emotions GOD SHARES.
HEB. 13:5. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Can a believer be separated from God?
2 TIM. 2:13. “If we believe not, yet He remains faithful; He
cannot deny Himself.”
(2) God is there and INVOLVED
MATT. 28:20. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of
the world.” (I am present and I will help you.)
(3) A shield from temptation ... NO “private life.”
1 COR. 10:13. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as
is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer
you to be tempted beyond what you are able.”
For unbelievers: “All things are open and laid bare to the
eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb 4:13). … the
thief … adulterer ... murderer … gossiper … the
3. God Is Omnipotent
PS. 106:2. “Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD, who
can show forth all His praises?”
No one understands God perfectly ... He’s unlike anyone we
THE ALMIGHTY ... takes the same effort to make the butterfly
or the universe ... God never needs strength replenished. He
ISA. 40:28. “The Creator of the earth does not faint, or
PS. 21:13. “Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength, so we
will sing and praise Your power.”
PS. 150:2. “Praise Him for His mighty acts. Praise Him
according to His excellent greatness.”
EPH. 1:19. “The exceeding greatness of His power.”
God’s power is most clearly seen in these four areas ...
(1) CREATES SOMETHING FROM NOTHING
... Ps. 33:6
fearfully and wonderfully made ... Ps. 139:14
all things ... visible and invisible ... Col. 1:16
(2) SUSTAINS HIS CREATION
HEB. 1:3. “... upholding all ... by the word of His
(3) ABILITY TO REDEEM THE LOST
... greater than creation (in creation there was no devil to
oppose, no death, sin). In Redemption He chooses nobodies
... weak ... despised ... to confound the mighty. 1 Cor.
(4) ABILITY TO RAISE THE DEAD...
will ultimately raise ALL.
JOHN 5:28,29. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming,
in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice.”
PS. 40:5. “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
which You have done, and Your thoughts which are toward us;
there is none to compare with You. If I would declare and
speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
BENEFITS TO YOU
1. HIS POWER INSPIRES WORSHIP.
2 KINGS 17:36. “The LORD who brought you up from Egypt with
great power . . . Him shall you worship.”
2. WHEN I REALIZE MY WEAKNESS.
PHIL. 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ.” God’s
power sustains us in daily life. None of our problems are a
match for His power.
EPH. 6:10. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His
3. NO FEAR OF FALLING.
JUDE verse 24. Profound Praise!!! “He who is able to keep
you from falling, and to present you faultless before the
Presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”
2 TIM. 1:12. “He is able to keep that which I have committed
ROM. 8:33. “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s
elect? It is God who justifies.”
ROM. 8:34. “Who is he that condemns? It is Christ who died;
yes, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right
hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
ROM. 8:35. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
ROM. 8:38. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come.”
ROM. 8:39. “Neither height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
PS. 111:4, 6. “He has made His wonderful works to be
remembered ... He has shown His people the power of His
4. God Is Immutable
He is unchangeable and unchanging:
PS. 102:25, 26, 27. “You are the same … Your years will
MAL. 3:6. “For I am the LORD. I change not.” (This explains
why the disobedient are not immediately destroyed).
JAMES. 1:17. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from
above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom
there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
God never gets better or worse ... nothing to change in His
character ... or in His will.
NUM. 23:19. “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither
the son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and
shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make
God told Jonah to say; “Nineveh will be destroyed.” Jonah
preached ... God blessed them. Did God change? No. Nineveh
changed. Nineveh repented. God responded.
HEB. 13:8. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and
All change ... but not God ... Everything else gets old.
BENEFITS TO YOU
His love is forever
His salvation is forever
His promises are forever
ROM. 11:29. “... the gifts and promises of God are without
2 TIM. 2:13. “If we believe not: yet He remains faithful:
He cannot deny Himself.”
PHIL. 1:6. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who
has begun a good work in you will perform it until the Day
of Jesus Christ.”
We worship an unchanging, all powerful, all knowing,
ever-present God. If that is beyond your ability to
comprehend ... good. If you think anyone can fully
understand “God” ... then that is not the real God.
5. God Is Loving-Kindness
PS. 36:7. How excellent is Your loving-kindness ...”
PS. 42:8. “The LORD will command His loving-kindness in the
daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my
prayer unto the God of my life.”
PS. 48:9, 10. “We have thought of Your loving-kindness, O
God, in the midst of Your temple.”
PS 51:1. “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your
loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender
mercies, blot out my transgressions.”
PS. 63:3. “Because Your loving-kindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise You.”
PS. 89:33. “Nevertheless I will not break off My
loving-kindness from him, nor suffer My faithfulness to
PS 107:43. “Whoever is wise, and shall observe ... even they
shall understand the loving-kindness of the LORD.”
PS. 138:2. “I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise
Your Name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth: for
You have magnified Your Word according to all Your Name.”
BENEFITS TO YOU
Your life and all your future is in the hands of a God who
is worthy of your perfect trust and confidence. He will
never treat you unkindly. HE CANNOT for “GOD IS LOVE.”
For further study ... (all in the Psalms).
PS. 17:7; 25:6; 26:3; 40:10-11; 69:16; 88:11;
92:2; 103:4; 111:8; 119:149.
“The true worshiper lives a life of contentment, regardless
- John MacArthur Jr.
“I completely trust the loving-kindness and wisdom of my God.”
6. God Is Merciful
(Mercy means: “giving you
PS. 31:7. “I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy.”
PS. 37:26. “He is ever merciful.”
PS. 40:2, 3. “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit,
out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and
established my goings. And He has put a new song in my
mouth, even praise to our God: many shall see it and fear
and shall trust in the LORD.”
PS. 100:5. “The LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting.”
PS. 103:8. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger
and abounding in mercy.”
PS. 103:11. “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so
great is His mercy to them that fear Him.”
PS. 103:17. “... the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting
to everlasting upon those who fear Him.”
PS. 106:1. “Praise the LORD, O give thanks to the LORD; for
He is good; for His mercy endures forever.”
PS. 107:1. “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for
His mercy endures forever.”
PS. 117:1, 2. “Praise the LORD all you nations; praise Him,
all you people. For His loving-kindness is great toward us.”
PS. 5:7. “I will come into Your house by Your abundant
loving-kindness; and in reverence I will worship toward Your
PS. 136. “For His mercy endures forever.” (This is the only
statement in entire Bible which appears 26 times in one
chapter!) God only deals with us in mercy.
For further study: (all in the Psalms). Ps. 18:25;
26:11; 41:4; 41:10; 56:1; 57:1; 116:5;
117:2; 119:58; 119:76; 119:132.
7. God Is Holy
Holiness summarizes all His other attributes and
When angels worship God — they don’t say, “Eternal, Eternal,
Eternal”; or “Wise, Wise, Wise”; or “Mighty, Mighty,
Mighty.” . . . They say,
“Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Webster: Holy: “spiritually whole; of unimpaired innocence,
or proved virtue.”
EX. 15:11. “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is
like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing
God is the standard of holiness:
He never does anything wrong … He is totally without sin or
error. When angels sinned, they were cast out of God’s
Presence. When men choose to reject Christ ... in the end
they are sent to a place prepared for the devil and his
In Salvation God Imputes Holiness to Us
ROM. 3:21. “But now the righteousness of God without the law
is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.”
God hates sin in every form ... He must punish sin.
The Supreme Demonstration of Holiness . . . The Cross
God bore man’s sin in Christ . . . shows his hatred of sin
... His power over it.
HEB. 9:26, “... He appeared to put away sin by the
sacrifice of Himself.”
Penalty Of Sin is Death . . . He Paid that Penalty
HIS HOLINESS demanded it.
PS. 22:3. “You are holy, You who are enthroned upon the
praises of Israel.”
PS. 29:2. “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His Name.
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
PS. 30:4. “Sing to the LORD, O you His saints ... give
thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.”
PS. 93:5. “Your testimonies are very sure. Holiness befits
Your house, O LORD, forever.”
PS. 97:12. “Give thanks at the remembrance of His
PS. 98:9. “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His holy
hill; for the LORD our God is holy.”
BENEFITS TO YOU
Because God is holy, and we are aware of our unholiness, we
can never escape the fact that all His blessings toward us
are “of grace” - His unmerited favor. This truth should
protect us from Satan’s most dangerous weapon … PRIDE. “God
forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Jesus
Climax … David’s answer to “Why Do I Worship?”
PS. 96:1-7. “O sing to the LORD a new song: sing to the
LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His Name: show
forth His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among
the heathen, His wonders among all people. For the LORD is
great, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above
all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the
LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before Him:
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give unto the LORD
glory and strength, O families of the people.”
For further study … WHY DO I WORSHIP (Psalm 19)
vs. 7. (1) “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting
(2) “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the
vs. 8, (3) “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing
(4) “The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the
vs. 9. (5) “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring
(6) “The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous
WHY DON’T I WORSHIP?
I. Satan Opposes Worship
More than anything else we will ever do ... Satan will try
to stop you from worshiping. First — because he knows God
seeks Worshipers, and he is dedicated to defeat the purposes
and will of God.
Secondly — Satan knows the great value of worship and
understands that worship is of supreme importance to God,
and empowers the life of any who practice it. Many Bible
scholars believe that Ezekiel 28 teaches that Satan (“the
anointed cherub that covers”) once led the choirs of heaven
that were devoted only to worshiping God. Satan’s fall,
described in Isaiah 14 tells us that Satan wanted to be
equal to God and be worshiped.
This is clearly confirmed in Matthew 4. After Satan showed
Christ all the kingdoms of this world in verse 8, and then
to climax his temptation of Christ, he said, “All these
things will I give You if You fall down and worship me.”
Christ immediately replied, “You shall worship the LORD your
God and Him only shall you serve.”
From OT and NT scriptures we learn that Satan’s strategy is
to divert worship from God to himself ... or anyone or
Rom. 16:20 teaches. “The God of peace shall bruise Satan
under your feet shortly.” God will do it as you worship!
Christ gave believers power and authority over all devils,
(Luke 9:1), and said believers will “cast out devils in My
Name.” (Mark 16:17)
Hebrews 2:14. “Through death He might destroy him that had
the power of death, that is the devil.” By His life, death,
resurrection and ascension, Jesus Christ stripped the devil
of all the power and authority he had usurped.
Satan will try in many ways to prevent you from worshiping.
Don’t listen or talk to him. Refuse to allow him access to
your mind, and thereby render him powerless to prevent you
from praising and worshiping God.
James 4:7. “Submit yourselves therefore to God (and his
instructions to Praise). Resist the devil (by the Word
and Worship) and he will flee from you.”
It works !!!
2. Sin Prevents Praise
PS. 66:18. “If I regard iniquity in my heart the LORD will
not hear me.”
ISA. 59:2. “Your iniquities have separated between you and
your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you. . .
so that He does not hear.”
We are told to “lift up holy hands” (1 Tim. 2:8)
2 TIM. 2:22. “Call on the LORD out of a pure heart.” SIN is
forgiven totally by confession and cleansing.
1 JOHN 1:9. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
ROM. 5:9. “Much more then, being now justified by His blood,
we shall be saved by wrath through Him.”
ROM. 6:14. “Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you
are not under law but under grace.”
ROM. 8:1. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those
who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but
after the Spirit.”
John Wesley sang: “He breaks the power of cancelled sin and
sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the vilest clean;
His blood avails for me.”
3. Guilt Prevents Praise and Worship
If sin is not forgiven — we should feel guilty. Some people
still feel guilty after God has forgiven their sin. Many
feel they must “do something” to be free from guilt. When
God says, “Forgiven” — there is nothing more we can or
After we’ve confessed sin to God and therefore been forgiven
… Satan is overjoyed if we wallow in thoughts like, “What a
wretched sinner I am.” Because he is a liar ... he wants you
to believe lies. God calls forgiven sinners “saints.” That’s
what you are ... believe it.
It is so easy to say, “I can never forgive myself.” It’s
more important to have God say, “Forgiven!” Who is right
... you or God?
There is a danger of an “unforgiving spirit” - even if it
is toward yourself.
EPH. 4:32. “Be kind one to another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has
Christ knew all about the sin of the woman in John 8:11, but
said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more.” He
says the same to you!
God knows all the facts about your sin ... and says,
“Forgiven!” Get your eyes off failure; look at a loving,
forgiving Christ. “Look and live!”
We are all sinners … saved by “amazing grace.” Believe it
and enjoy it ... you’ll be a worshiper.
2 COR. 5:17. “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature:
old things have passed away; all things have become new.”
Believe it! Praise God for forgiveness! Worship Him for
4. Fear Prevents Worship
We are afraid of
More than any of the fears that you can write above, we are
afraid of fear itself.
2 TIM. 1:7. “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Satan plans to instill binding and controlling fear in all
God planned a healthy fear to protect us (fear of sin, etc.)
After His resurrection, Jesus said, “Fear not; for I am with
GOD’S CURE FOR FEAR IS LOVE
1 JOHN 4:18. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casts out fear; because fear has torment. He who fears is
not made perfect in love.”
During thunder at night my little girl feared. I said:
“Don’t be afraid ... Daddy is here.” Soon soothed, she was
A chorus smuggled out of China was:
“THE MARCHING SONG OF THE CHURCH”
I will not be afraid, I will not be afraid,
With God beside me, His love to guide me,
I’ll not be afraid.
5. A Wrong Self-image Prevents Worship
“How great I am” or “How worthless I am” ... BOTH ARE WRONG
Luke 18:11. Publican: “God I thank You that I am not as
It’s difficult to praise God when all you see is yourself!
ROM. 12:3. “I say ... to every man that is among you, not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think.”
The heart of praise and worship is to look at God ... not at
We should not say, “How worthless I am.”
1 PETER 2:5. “You also, as living stones, are built up as a
spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
Don’t speak badly about yourself.
Some are almost useless because they say, “Others can do it
better than I.”
A Danger ... we may be proud of humility.
ROM. 12:3. “But think soberly according to the measure of
faith that God has given to each one.”
What we are is not important. It’s what we’re becoming!!!
None of us are worthless.
God is making us ... HIS person ... HIS doing ... HIS graces
... HIS promises ... HIS provisions.
6. Wrong Concepts of God Prevent Worship
Some see God as ruthless, unreasonable, merciless,
impersonal, inaccessible, and uninvolved.
Many wrong concepts are gathered in childhood ... in school,
from our friends, from art, or horror stories.
Go to the Bible ... study ...
God is ……………… God is ……….…………..
God is ……………… God is ……….…………..
God is ……………… God is ………….………..
Other wrong concepts limit worship ... such as ...
* God is a permissive, “anything goes,” type of God.
In fact, we all need and should desire guidelines.
* God is like men... He does not keep His word.
“God is not a man that He should lie.” (Numbers 23:19)
In fact, harboring questions of doubt ... doom you to
* God is unjust ... He has been unkind or unfair.
In fact, “God does all things well.”
WHO, WHERE, AND WHEN?
I. Who Worships Our Great God?
PS. 67:3. “Let the people praise You O God; let
all the people
praise You. Let the
be glad and sing for joy.”
PS. 69:34. “Let the
heaven and earth praise Him: the seas and everything that
moves in it.”
PS. 86:9. “All nations that You have made shall come and worship before You . . . and
glorify Your Name.”
PS. 115:17, 18. “The dead do not praise the LORD, neither
any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord.”
PS 138:4, 5. “All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, when
they hear the words of Your mouth. Yes; they shall sing of
the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.”
“Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the
earth, both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
let them praise the Name of the Lord, for His Name alone is
excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven. He also
exalts the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints;
even the children of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise
PS. 150:6. Last verse in Psalms (God’s manual on Praise and
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.”
For further study: Ps. 89:5; 96:1, 113:1; 118:21, 28;
119;7, 135:1; 140;13; 145:10.
2. Where and When do we Worship?
a. In the congregation
PS. 22:25. “My praise shall be of You in the great
PS. 20:2. “(The LORD) send you help from the sanctuary ...”
PS 35:18. “I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise You among many people.”
PS. 42:4. “When I remember these things, I pour out my soul
within me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with
them to the House of God, with the voice of joy and praise,
with a multitude keeping festival.”
PS. 107:32. “Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of
the people and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.”
PS. 111:1. “... I will praise the LORD with my whole heart
... in the congregation.”
PS. 134:1. “Bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,
who stand by night in the House of the LORD.”
For further study: Ps. 134:2: 22:22; 150:1
b. Among the heathen or the nations
PS. 18:49. “I give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations
(where you work?) and sing praises to Your Name.”
PS. 57:9. “I will praise You, O LORD, among the people: I
will sing to You among the nations.”
PS. 108:3. “I will praise You, O LORD, among the people: and
I will sing praises to You among the nations.”
Please note . . . Every time nations are mentioned in Psalms
we are encouraged to sing!
c. We Worship “always”
We cannot neglect worship six days a week and worship
meaningfully on Sunday.
PS. 34:1. “I will bless the LORD
at all times: His praise shall be
continually in my mouth.”
PS. 71:6. “My praise shall be continually of You.”
PS. 71:8. “Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with
Your honor all the day.”
PS. 72:15. “... daily shall He be praised.”
PS. 4:4. “In
your anger, do not sin. Meditate in your heart when you
are upon your bed, and be silent and still.”
PS. 107:8, 15, 21, 31. Four times David cries out for men to
praise God in public and private: “Oh that men would praise
the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to
the children of men.”
PS. 113:3. “From the rising of the sun unto the going down
of the same, the LORD’s Name is to be praised.”
PS. 119:164. “Seven times a day I praise You because of
Your righteous judgments.”
PS. 145:2. “Every day will I bless You; and I will praise
Your Name forever and ever.”
PS. 71:14. “I will praise You more and more.”
Gradually . . . Become a “Praise Person” … More and More
For further study: Ps. 27:4; 107:22; 108:1; 145:5;
This Truth is very important.
d. We will Worship in Eternity
PS. 17:15. “I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your
PS. 22:27. “... all the families of the earth shall worship
(24 times “WORSHIP” is mentioned in Revelation)
REV. 4:10, 11. “... worship Him who lives forever and ever,
saying, You art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor
and power ... for You have created all things and for Your
pleasure they are and were created.”
REV. 7:11, 12. “And all ... fell before the throne on their
faces, and worshiped God, saying . . . Blessing, and glory
and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor and power and might
be unto our God forever and ever.”
He is just as worthy of worship NOW as He will be in
eternity. We can begin our highest function and service in
Twice in Revelation, worshipers hold vials filled with
incense defined as “the prayers of all the saints.” (Rev.
5:8; 8:3) The Greek word “prayers” can also be translated
“worship.” All our praises are preserved by God in the form
of incense. When the great worshipers in heaven stand before
God . . . they present all the worship of all the saints of
3. Our Worship and Praise is Preserved in Heaven for
REV. 7:11,12. (see above). This clearly tells us that we
shall worship and praise for eternity. We will praise
forever - because the object of our praise and worship is
Jesus Christ .... and He is forever.”
REV. 5:13. “. . . unto Him who sits upon the throne forever
PS. 52:9. “I will praise You forever ...”
How God Says to “WORSHIP”
OUR “OPINIONS” ARE OF NO VALUE - GOD TELLS US HOW.
First we will study INTERIOR WORSHIP. . .
Then we will look at 10 EXTERIOR WAYS WE WORSHIP.
READ JOHN 4:11-24
1. “In Spirit and In Truth”
This entire study concerns SPIRIT AND TRUTH.
The Samaritans (like some Christians today) had much spirit
- but little truth.
The Jews (like millions of Christians) had much truth - but
little or no spirit.
THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PROBLEM OF WORSHIPERS.
Either extreme makes worship unacceptable to God.
God gave Moses elaborate, detailed plans about how to
worship. God repeatedly told Moses; “See that you do all
things according to the pattern I showed you on the mount.”
For centuries worship simply involved obedience to all
instructions God gave to Moses.
Then David introduced into worship, entirely new elements of
praise and rejoicing - with the first major emphasis on
singing. David is the great example and instructor for all
Then Jesus came! Much of the book of Hebrews is devoted to
telling us that the flesh and blood “Tabernacle of Worship”
came down ... we can now see the Glory of God in the Face of
Thus we see God’s gradual revelation regarding worship in
the lives of Moses, David and finally Jesus Christ. (Much
“light” was given along the way by Isaiah and others).
2, With Joyfulness and Gladness
This was a great truth introduced by David to God’s people …
THE SPIRIT OF WORSHIP.
PS. 5:11. “... let all who put their trust in You REJOICE :
Let them ever shout for joy … let those who love Your Name
be joyful in You.”
PS. 28:7. “My heart greatly rejoices; and with my song I
will praise Him.”
PS. 40:16. “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad
in You: let such as love Your salvation say continually, The
LORD be magnified.”
PS. 63:5. “My soul shall be satisfied … and my mouth shall
praise You with joyful lips.”
PS. 81:1. “Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful
noise to the God of Jacob.”
PS. 89:15. “Blessed are the people who know the joyful
sound; they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Your
THIS OVERFLOWING JOY WAS EXPERIENCED BY ALL THE EARLY CHURCH
CHRISTIANS. THIS JOY OF THE LORD WAS THEIR STRENGTH AS THEY
FACED CRUEL PERSECUTION.
1 PETER 1:8. “Whom having not seen, you love; in whom,
though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with
joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
Further study: Ps. 16:9; 20:5; 21:6; 27:6
“I’ve never adored the Lord before,” said a longtime
Christian at a conference recently. There were tears in her
eyes. “I’ve attended worship services all my life, but I
never worshiped until today.”
3. With Intensity
This may be our greatest new discovery in this study:
Worship is neither casual nor optional.
THE SECRET OF THE ONLY MAN CALLED “A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN
HEART” - DAVID.
PS. 9:1. “I will praise You, O LORD, with
my whole heart
PS. 9:14. “That I may show forth all Your praise ... I will
rejoice in Your salvation.”
PS. 26:8. “Lord I have
the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your honor
PS. 39:3. “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing the
then I spoke with my tongue.”
PS. 48:1. “Great is the LORD, and
to be praised
in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness.”
PS. 63:8. “My soul
after You ...”
PS. 66:2. “Sing forth the honor of His name;
make His praise
PS. 71:23. “My lips shall
rejoice when I sing to You.”
PS. 86:12. “I will praise You, O LORD my God, with
my heart: and I will glorify Your Name forever.”
PS. 96:4. “The LORD is
to be praised.”
PS. 103:1. “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and
that is within me; bless His
PS. 112:1. “Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears
the LORD, who delights
in His commandments.”
PS. 138:1. “I will praise You with
my whole heart;
before the angels will I sing
praise to You.”
MATT. 22:37, 38. “You shall love the LORD your God with ALL
your heart, and with ALL your soul, and with ALL your mind.
This is the first and great commandment.”
PHYSICAL ELEMENTS OF WORSHIP
(all are expressions which overflow from the heart.)
ROM. 12:1, 2. “... that you present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
Both in the OT and the NT the essential concept of Worship
Both Hebrew and Greek words signify service of “slaves.”
Worship requires physical involvement. It is not something
that is just done “in the heart.”
Think of the OT — The worshiper comes to Aaron with a lamb —
being prepared for sacrifice. Imagine he says; “Wait - this
is something I only do
in my heart.”
And Aaron replies: “Yes, you do it for your heart — but the
animal goes with it.” All OT worshipers understood this. You
worship from your heart ... your body goes with it.
We worship with our regenerated spirit. Romans 1:9. We
worship with our renewed minds. Philippians 2:3-5. We
worship with our revived emotions- “fervent in spirit.”
Romans 12:11-15. We worship with our whole being.
All worship should be Bible-based - Worship “with understanding.”
Physical Response in Worship
Worship can include various actions related as described in
standing before the LORD,
sharing together in groups,
with prayer requests,
reading the Word aloud.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES IS INVOLVEMENT ... OF
1 COR. 14:26. St. Paul said: “When you come together,
has a psalm, or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an
interpretation. Let all things be
done for edification.” (“for edification” is very
EXPRESSIVE WORSHIP ... God wants us to avoid boredom and
Enjoy God and let God enjoy you; 300 times we are exhorted
Song (1) gives us a Praise vocabulary
a uniting of hearts in Praise
a release of our inner emotions in Praise.
PS. 47:6. “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises
unto our King, sing praises.”
PS 59:16. “I will sing of Your power; I will sing aloud of
Your mercy in the morning.”
PS. 69:3. “I will praise the Name of God with a song and
will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please
the LORD more than an ox or bullock.”
PS. 98:1. “O sing to the LORD a new song; for He has done
PS 101:1. “I will sing of mercy and judgment; to You O,
LORD, I will sing.”
PS. 105:2. “Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; tell of all
His wondrous works.”
PS. 147:7. “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.”
PS. 149:1. “Sing ... a new song, and His praise in the
Eight times we read, “Sing a
new song.” God doesn’t want Worship to be boring or without newness!
HOW IMPORTANT IS SINGING? ... Here is a glimpse ...
1 Chron. 9:33. “... the singers were employed in that work
day and night.”
For further study: Ps. 13:6; 9:11; 68:4; 59:17; 149:1;
A Chant ... Judges 5.
Responsive song (two groups). Nehemiah 12:27-43.
In unison ... 2 Chron. 5:12-14
2. Upraised Heads and Eyes
PS. 24:7. “Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted
up, you everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come
PS. 123:1. “To You I lift up my eyes, to You who are
enthroned in the heavens.”
3. Shouts of Joy
PS. 32:11. “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice ... and shout
for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”
PS. 100:1-2. “Make a joyful noise to the LORD all you lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His Presence with
PS. 132:9. “... let Your saints shout for joy.”
4. Clapping of Hands
PS. 47:1. “O clap your hands, all you people; shout unto God
with the voice of triumph.”
PS, 98:8. “Let the rivers clap their hands; let the
mountains sing together for joy.”
“The continual offering of praise requires stamina; we ought to
praise God even when we do not feel like it. Praising him
takes away the blues and restores us to normal.”
- Harold Lindsell
5. Upraised Hands
ONLY IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE BIBLICAL REASON AND MEANING OF
THIS ACTION -
because it is a Pentecostal or charismatic thing to do.
(Raising hands is an expression of praise and exulting God.
It also expresses surrender of our clean hands and life to
the Lord. And further, it is an expression of blessing the
PS. 28:2. “Hear the voice of my supplications ... when I
lift up my hands.”
PS. 63:4. “So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up
my hands in Your Name.”
PS. 88:9. “LORD I have called to You daily. I have
stretched out my hands to You.”
PS. 119:48. “My hands also I will lift up to Your
commandments which I have loved.”
PS. 134:2. “Lift up your hands
in the sanctuary
and bless the LORD.”
PS. 141:2. “Let my prayer be counted as incense before You;
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.”
1 TIM. 2:8. “Therefore I want the men everywhere, to pray,
lifting up holy hands,
without wrath and dissension.”
For further study! Nehemiah 8:6; Habakkuk 3:10; Ezra 9:5;
Lam. 3:41; (and Lam. 2:19 for your children).
“It is only when men begin to worship that they
begin to grow.”
6. With your voice
PS. 66:8. “O bless our God, you people, and make the voice
of His praise to be heard.”
PS. 26:7. “That I may proclaim with the voice of
thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.”
PS. 28:6. “Blessed be the LORD, because He has heard the
voice of my supplications.”
PS. 51:15. “O LORD open my lips, that my mouth may declare
PS. 109:30. “I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth;
I will praise Him among the multitude.”
PS. 145:21. “My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD:
and all flesh will bless His holy Name forever and ever.”
PS. 149:6. “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth.”
7. With Instruments
PS. 33:2, 3. “Praise the LORD with harp; sing to Him with
the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a
new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.”
PS. 98:6. “With trumpets and sound of cornet shout joyfully
before the King, the LORD.”
PS. 144:9. “I will sing a new song to You, O God, upon a
harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You.”
PS. 149:3. “Let them praise His name in the dance; let them
sing praises unto Him with the timbrel (or tambourine) and
PS. 150:3-5. “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet.
Praise Him with the harp and lyre . . . tambourine and
dancing . . . stringed instruments and pipes.”
David made 4,000 instruments to praise God!
1 Chron. 23:5. “... Moreover ... four thousand praised the
Lord with instruments which David made for giving praise.”
These were percussion instruments, stringed instruments and
8. With Silence
PS. 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God.”
HAB. 2:2. “But the LORD is in His holy temple; let all the
earth keep silence before Him.”
ZECH. 2:13. “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD: for He
is aroused from His holy habitation.”
9. Serving Each Other . . . “Ministry Time”
Greek and Hebrew words for worship are related to “service.”
GAL. 6:2. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law
Form small groups of 3 or 4.
Explain to visitors, “We do this because we love each other,
and Galatians 6:2 tells us to. If you are a visitor and
would prefer to just listen ... you are very welcome. We
show that love is not just in our hearts; we care enough to
help. Prayer is our greatest help.”
A greeting to each other early in the service helps prepare
the way for ministry.
10. With Gifts and Offerings
PS. 96:8, 9. “Give to the LORD the glory due to His Name:
bring an offering, and come into His courts. O worship the
LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
EX. 34:20. “... and none shall appear before Me empty.”
Hundreds of verses in the Bible (especially the O.T.) are
used by God to describe offerings, sacrifices, gifts, etc. -
related to worship and praise. It is impossible to worship
God “with all your heart,” and not desire to give Him
tithes, gifts, offerings and love offerings.
What Happens When I Worship?
(ISAIAH chapter 6)
William Temple said,
“To Worship is . . .
to quicken the
conscience by the holiness of God
to feed the mind with
the truth of God
to purge the imagination
by the beauty of God
to open the heart to the
love of God
to devote the will to
the purpose of God.”
1. We Become Like the God We Worship
Ps. 135:15-18 (NEB). “The gods of the nations are idols of
silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths
that cannot speak and eyes that cannot see; they have ears
that do not hear, and there is no breath in their nostrils.
Their makers grow like them, and so do all who trust in
People become like the gods they worship.
Don’t worship cars, houses, money, etc.
TRULY GREAT NEWS - WE BECOME LIKE OUR GOD.
WORSHIP CHANGES US.
2 COR. 3:17, 18. “Now the LORD is that Spirit; and where
the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty. But we all,
with open face beholding as in a glass the Glory of the
LORD, are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the LORD.”
2 We Become Properly Related To God
Master - Servant. King - Subject or Citizen. Creator -
Worship helps deal with pride and an “out of control” ego.
On the other hand worship makes us somebody ... it gives us
a personal relationship with a limitless source of help for
all our needs.
3. Prisons Open
Liberation from many habits and attitudes is one of our
great needs. God intervenes after we praise.
ACTS 16:25, 26. “At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang
praises unto God ... and suddenly there was a great
earthquake ... immediately all the doors were opened and
everyone’s hands were loosed.”
When God liberates us ... the results are amazing.
SOULS ARE BORN INTO GOD’S FAMILY!
ACTS 16:27-30. “And the keeper of the prison ... said ...
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Both he and his household believed on Christ. Worship leads
to the release of God’s power. His power causes people to
say, “What must I do to be saved?”
WORSHIP LEADS TO SOUL WINNING
4. We Identify With Saints In Eternity
A.W. Tozer said: “Every glimpse inside heaven shows them
worshiping.” Ezek. 1, Isa. 6, Rev. 4 & 5.
PS. 23:6. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
days of my life, and I shall dwell in the House of the LORD
We worship now, and prepare for our ministry to God in
We have already read and studied the great anthems of praise
and worship of eternity. (Rev. 7:9-12; 19:4-10; 5:9-13)
They worshiped, saying; “Worthy is the Lamb.” (Rev. 5:12)
HE IS JUST AS WORTHY NOW AS THEN !
Let us daily prepare for eternity now by
WORSHIPING AND PRAISING EVERY DAY.
5. God Moves Towards Us in Specific Benefits
PS. 16:7. “I will bless the LORD who has given me
PS. 18:3. “I will call upon the LORD who is worthy to be
praised; so I shall be
saved from mine enemies.”
PS. 18:19. “He
delivered me because He delighted
PS. 37:4. “Delight yourself in the LORD and He shall
give you the desires of your heart.”
PS. 92:4. “For You, O LORD have
made me glad
through Your work.”
ONLY WORSHIPERS REALIZE TOTAL FULFILLMENT
PS. 16:11. “You will show me the path of life. In Your
fullness of joy
and at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
WHAT A GLORIOUS FUTURE LIFE
FOR ALL WHO DAILY OBEY DAVID’S EXHORTATION TO WORSHIP!
6. God’s Power is Released
THOSE WHO WORSHIP RECEIVE THE POWER AND THE
COMMISSION TO EVANGELIZE THE WORLD.
Jesus tells worshipers to evangelize the world.
MATT. 28:17-20. “. . . they worshiped Him. And Jesus spoke
to them: ‘Go therefore and teach all nations . . . and lo, I
am with you always, even unto the end of the world’.”
CHRIST HAD SUCCESSFULLY TAUGHT DISCIPLES TO WORSHIP
THEY WERE READY FOR HIS GREAT COMMISSION
Nehemiah tells worshipers to evangelize the world.
NEH. 8:6, 10. “... they bowed their heads and worshiped the
LORD. . . Then said he to them, go your way, eat the fat and
drink the sweet and send portions to them for whom nothing
David tells worshipers to evangelize the world.
PS. 67:2, 5, 7. “That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your saving health among all nations. Let all the people
praise You … then all the end of the earth shall fear Him.”
WHO EVANGELIZES THE WORLD . . . WORSHIPERS.
THEY BUILD BODIES OF BELIEVERS
7. We Bring Joy To God
When you become a true Worshiper, God says, “Eureka!” (an
exclamation of pleasure). All heaven’s choirs sing with
God says, “I have found what I was seeking - a TRUE
worshiper who worships Me in Spirit and truth!”
We’ve always heard of man seeking and finding God. More
exciting is, God seeking true worshipers, and finding them.
When asked, “What do you do?” say, “I am a WORSHIPER.”
If they say, “I thought you were a carpenter or a
housewife,” say: “That’s only part time, temporary work …
I’m really a worshiper ... that’s what I’ll be doing forever
... I’ll never be unemployed! I do it because I love to ...
not because I’m paid to.”
Conclusion . . .
NEHEMIAH. God’s children returned from captivity … rebuilt
the walls of Jerusalem ... celebrated by gathering and
reading God’s Word for six hours … then they worshiped.
NEH. 8:6. “And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all
the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their
hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshiped the LORD
with their faces to the ground.”
After Worship - Verse 10. “Then he said to them, ‘Go your
way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to
them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy to
our Lord: and do not be sorry; for the joy of the LORD is
Today you’ve worshiped and brought joy to the Lord.
HIS JOY WILL BE YOUR STRENGTH
TO ASSIST YOU IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP
A FEW OF DAVID’S DEEPEST EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP
PS. 18:2. “The LORD is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my
Deliverer; my God, my Strength, in whom I will trust; my
Buckler, and the Horn of my Salvation, and my High Tower.”
PS. 32:7. “You are my Hiding Place; You shall compass me
about with songs of deliverance.”
PS. 33:1. “Rejoice in the LORD ... for praise is becoming to
PS. 34:3. “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His
PS. 89:1. “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever.
With my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all
PS. 100:4. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into
His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His
PS. 104:1. “Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, You
are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty.”
PS. 104:33, 34. “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My
meditation of Him shall be sweet. I will be glad in the
PS. 145:3. “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
and His greatness is unsearchable.”
For further study ... (All these references are in the
PS. 22:23, 29; 30:12; 45:11; 50:14; 50:23; 54:6;
56:4,10; 56:12; 57:5,11; 65:1; 66:l; 68:32; 75:9;
76:10; 78:4; 92:1.
If the order of your worship service is so rigid that it
can’t be changed; it had better be changed.
Theodore A, Raedeke.
PRAISE IN ALL 66 BOOKS OF OUR BIBLE
Numbers 21:16, 17;
1 Samuel 2:1, 2;
2 Samuel 22:4;
1 Kings 8:15;
Kings 3:15, 16,
1 Chronicles 16:4;
2 Chronicles 20:21;
Esther 8:15, 16;
Psalms lists 212 exhortations & statements about
Proverbs 8:30, 31;
Ecclesiastes 2:26; 3:22;
Song of Songs 1:4;
Haggai 2:7, 9;
John 1:49; 7:37-39;
1 Corinthians 14:15;
II Corinthians 8:18;
1 Thessalonians 5:16;
II Thessalonians 1:3;
I Timothy 2:8;
II Timothy 4:18
Titus makes no mention of
Praise, but abundant reasons for Praise are given,
and we know he was a Praiser.
1 Peter 1:7;
II Peter 1:5;
1 John 4:17;
II John 4;
III John 3;
Jude 24, 25;
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