ELEMENTS OF TRUE WORSHIP
Worship is a wonderful act, expressed by a heart in awe of God's glory and entertained by a mind saturated with the revelation of His nature. It is acknowledging who God really is and proclaiming the magnitude of all His power and glory. This means that true worship is God-centered. It is focusing on everything that makes God supreme and above all, reminding Him about them in words.
Reference: Exodus 34:5, 6, 8 New International Version (NIV) 'Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses... Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.'
If we ever encounter the Lord in the way Moses did, our face will quickly bow, our knees will buckle and something unique will definitely happen to us as we tremble in His presence. Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. He couldn't stand the splendid appearance and the atmosphere of God's presence. God was with Moses live and direct; so the radiance of His essence caused him to bow in worship, thereby demonstrating an overwhelming outpouring of honour and reverence to God.
Worship is a response of gratitude that displays what God means when He said, 'I love you with an everlasting love'. God's banner over us is love and He cannot change that (Song of Solomon 2:4 NASB). No matter how prayerful and anointed you are, it doesn't make you a worshiper. Moreso, your prayer life is incomplete without worship. Worship cannot be forgone, if you are in active fellowship with God because it is a spontaneous outburst of honour - the act of a heart that is overwhelmed by the revelation of God's glory and His unconditional love for us.
We can pray or give to God and in the process, expect a desire or reward in return, but true worship does not really seek any reward from God. A sincere worshipper is not wishful for any demand while in the act. He just wants to adorn His majesty. In other words, worship is offered to God because He deserves it for His pleasure alone. It is the voice that upholds God as the reason for every good and perfect gift in life.
True worship grants you access to higher chambers in the Spirit realm and envelopes you in the cloud of His glory. The Psalmist, while worshipping God in the Desert of Judah, declared, 'I have seen you in your sanctuary and beheld your Power and your Glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you' (Psalm 63:2-3 NIV). King David beheld His glory in the process of observing true worship. Worshipping to the point of beholding God's glory is the strategic spiritual landmark for your next level.
The revelation of God's goodness is often the wellspring of true worship. When we regularly meditate on God's goodness, His glory is unveiled to our spirit, such that we see the need to glorify and exalt God and to show our loyalty and admiration to Him, as our Heavenly Father. Worship Him today!
Scripture Reading - Exodus 23:25; 2 Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 25:1; 1 Chronicles 16: 23-31; Hebrews 12:28; Revelation 4:10-11.
Exuberant Declaration: Heavenly Father, you are the Almighty God; you give life to everything and you established the beauty of heaven and all creation. As I focus my mind and heart on you today, let your worship from my lips bring glory to your holy Name. I stroll around the pasture of your gates with thanksgiving, and in your courts with praise: being grateful for the gift of life and your presence in my life. I adore your Name now and always, for you are good and your mercy is everlasting, in Jesus' Name, Amen!