The Meaning of Worship

Twice in Revelation 4-5 it says that the elders fell down and worshiped the One who was on the throne. Now, I’ll admit worship is not an easy thing to define anymore than if you were to ask a young couple to give a definition of their love for each other. They would have a hard time defining what they feel very deeply and emotionally. It’s hard to give a definition to such things.

 

Charles Spurgeon said, “I believe that a very large majority of churchgoers are merely unthinking, slumbering worshipers of an unknown God.” Ouch! Unthinking, slumbering worshipers of an unknown God.

 

So what is worship? I’m going to give you a definition in four stages and then we’ll put it all together.

#1: Worship is a response to God. We love him, John. says, because he first loved us. So it is our response to God.

#2: Worship is the proper response to God. Not just a response, but the proper response. It’s the right thing to do. Romans 12:1, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” It’s the proper response to God.

#3: Worship is the proper response to God that comes from the heart. Jesus said in John 4, “The Father is looking for worshipers who will worship him in spirit and in truth.”

#4: Worship is the proper response to God that comes from the heart in which we put God above everyone and everything else. That’s the full definition. It’s the proper response to God from the heart by which we place God above everyone and everything else. Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength, and all your soul.

 

That means we place God above hobbies. We place God above jobs. We place God above agendas. We place God above equipment. We place God above families. We place God above everything else. And we do it from the heart. Jesus even said, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of the Kingdom.”

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