The Call to WORSHIP and Worship Again – Part 1
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4
The Call to WORSHIP and the Call to Worship are both vertical and horizontal.
Vertical WORSHIP is the exclusive adoration and praise of God expressed from the heart and mouth of the worshiper to God.
Horizontal Worship is the moment-by-moment day-by-day living in the love of God in our relationships, our work, our leisure and our ministry to our families, friends and others allowing the light and life of God to shine through us to the world.
The Call to WORSHIP (vertical) is different from the call to worship (horizontal).
Both are good and both are important, and both are commandments from God. It’s about treating people the way God would treat them.
I believe the Word teaches us that there are two focuses of worship of God. There is WORSHIP that is the exclusive, expressed to God, utterances of adoration, in the declaration of His Holiness, Majesty, Glory and exclusive Worthiness. In this worship there should be some areas of our lives that are exclusively kept for God and God alone.
The first Commandment is this, that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all of our mind and all of our strength. That means God is first and only among no other gods.
To truly WORSHIP God with all our heart is to acknowledge Him first by our thoughts, words and actions above all other things as the principal purpose and priority of our lives. This is why we are alive, to please, to WORSHIP and to love God.
To WORSHIP God (vertically) with all our soul means ours minds, our thoughts and words, our motivations, passions and zeal, are first yielded to loving Him and pouring ourselves into honoring, magnifying and glorifying Him in worship.
The woman at the well was told the place of worship would no longer be in the gathering place for the people of God would not be the Temple Mount or the place of the Tabernacle of Moses, but the new place would be the regenerated tabernacle of the heart of the true worshipers. The true worshipers whom God is seeking will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
“The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:19-24
To Worship God (horizontally) is to live our lives pouring our selves into the lives of others, being faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ to the world in our daily lives; maintaining a standard of ethical, moral and spiritually alive (passionate for God) behavior consistent with the character and nature of Jesus Christ.
Both of these come with a cost, and both come also with great reward.
Think of the wealthiest, most powerful, most wise, most loving, most generous and most compassionate person you know or can imagine. Now what if that person chose you to be their closest friend and confidant, and all that they possessed was made available to you at any time whenever and wherever there was a need or desire of your heart. Imagine that they knew you so well they were eager to give to you even before you asked what ever you needed, because they knew what you needed all the time. And imagine that they welcomed you into their life and gave you unfettered access to themselves and all they possessed just because they loved you. If you can imagine that person you have a glimpse of the nature and character of Jesus Christ our Lord and of God our Father now living in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is the One we worship.
Tomorrow – Revealing the Character of God the Father