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- True worship of God brings you closer to Him in ways you can’t even imagine.
There are many examples in the Bible of how true worship—not for the sake of getting something—brought great victory for those who bowed their knee before the one, true God.
To gain a clearer understanding of what true worship really is, we need to look at the life and example of Abraham. One of the first recorded instances of the word worship is found in Genesis 22. God wanted to know Abraham’s heart and whether or not he loved Him above everything else. He directed Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. Abraham obeyed God. When he reached the place of sacrifice, where God had directed him to go on Mt. Moriah, he left his servants. He told them, … Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you (Genesis 22:5).
Abraham, in obedience to God, was on the way to offer Isaac on an altar as a sacrifice to God. Yet, he said, “We will worship.” He believed God, Who had given him the promise that through Isaac and his seed he would become the father of many nations. He was willing to offer his son in worship on the altar, knowing that God was able to raise him from the dead. That is why he told his servants, “We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham’s worship involved his willingness to give God the thing of greatest value and that was dearest to his heart—his son, Isaac, for whom he had prayed and believed God. It involved more than just words. He didn’t just tell God how much he loved Him. He worshipped God and poured out love through his act of obedience and faith. As a result, God provided a ram as a sacrifice, and Abraham’s greatest desire was realized—he did, ultimately, become the “father of many nations.”
When Job lost everything, including all of his children, he worshipped and blessed the Name of the Lord! Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped (Job 1:20). His worship of God was not dependent upon his circumstances or his feelings. His heart was heavy with grief. He was in mourning for his children, yet he offered up worship to God. As a result of his faithfulness to God, despite his tragedy, he received back double of all that had been stolen from him.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
True worship involves our verbal expression of adoration and praise, as well as our actions. We are directed to offer up to God sacrifices of praise. The apostle Paul admonished us: By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Hebrews 13:15).
When we worship the Lord, we are giving ourselves wholly to Him. Paul said: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
As you give yourself as a living sacrifice to God and come before Him, pouring out your love and worshipping Him for Who He is, He receives your worship, and in turn, gives Himself to you. His glory comes down and His Presence is manifested.
Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I give You all praise and glory. I bow my knee to You and to You alone. Thank You, Lord, for Who You are, and all that You’ve done for me. I praise Your holy Name, in the Name of Jesus! Amen.
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD‘s name is to be praised.
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