Nehemiah 8 verses 5-6: “And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 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 worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”
This must have been a great time people gathered together to worship God. This type of service is still present today. However, we may have forgotten how to really worship God. Sometimes we tend to just go through the motions when we are in a church setting.
Perhaps we get into a big hurry wanting to rush through so we can go about our business. God wants us to worship Him. He inhabits our worship service by His Holy Spirit. We should take our time and allow God to do His work within the church and our lives. When we rush through, we may be missing out on what God wants for us.
When we were kids our parents would take us out for a special treat. We couldn’t wait to get it. Once we got it, we ate it quickly and missed out on how good it really was. God wants us to take our time and worship Him, so that we won’t miss out on a blessing. He desires and wants our worship and wants us to worship Him on a regular basis.
Not everything we do is called worship. Cain and Able both brought sacrifices to God. But God looked at each of them differently. Able took his offering to God with respect, Cain didn’t. God didn’t approve of Cain’s offering because of a bad attitude. This is true today. How do we worship God?
Do we worship with respect or with a bad attitude? Do we worship just because we may think it is the right thing to do? God wants our respect, with a true and respective heart. Not one which is untrue and lacks respect. When we fail to give true worship, we will fail to give God honor, which is disrespectful to Him. Hebrews 12: 28 states that we are to serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. We need to understand who is being worshiped.
God is holy, just and perfect but most of all He is loving. We need to get ourselves out of the way, to keep pride out. He is our redeemer and it is through grace that we are saved. God can and will reject our worship if it is not done in true respect for Him. Isaiah 29: 13 says, Wherefore the Lord said, forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.
In other words, don’t give God lip service when we worship Him. We may worship Him with our lips, but He sees our hearts. Some people just go through the motions, but God sees right through it. We need to have real love for Him when we worship. When we have true worship, it will begin to change our hearts, our attitudes and will help us to have a greater love for Him.
Paul told us in Romans 12:1-2, I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. That was clear. We are to present ourselves acceptable to God. Renew our minds and put everything that may hinder our relationship with God out of the way. Don’t conform to this world, because this world is filled with sin. Our worship is to glorify and exalt God. To lift Him up in order to show our love for Him.
How do we worship God? Psalm: 47:1 says, Clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph. 1 Timothy 2:8, I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. Have you done these things when you worship? There isn’t anything wrong in doing this. Some churches frown on this and may even say that it isn’t dignified.
That is not what scripture just told us. It is appropriate because it is an act of worship. When we worship, we can stand, sit, kneel, or even prostrate ourselves before the Lord. There isn’t a specific way to worship. If you feel comfortable in these ways, then do it. Don’t worry about what someone may say. It is your own way of expressing worship to God.
What should matter is that God accepts our worship. Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Moses told the Israelites, The Lord our God is one God: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. I pray that when you worship God it is in truth, and with all your heart and soul and with all your might.
If you are not a Christian, I hope that you will ask Him to forgive you of your sins and begin to worship Him for that forgiveness. But most of all worship God for sending His son Jesus, so that you can be forgiven and have eternal life with Him.