Reverence to God

The purpose of our worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please God. Our worship must show our adoration and loyalty to God for His grace in providing us with the way to escape the bondage of sin, so we can have the salvation He so much wants to give us. The nature of the worship God demands is the prostration of our souls before Him in humble and contrite submission. Jesus in John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” It doesn’t say we can worship God anyway we want, but we “must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. The word “must” makes it absolute. There is no other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him. The word “must”, according to Webster, expresses “an obligation, a requirement, a necessity, a certainty, and something that must be done”. When “must” is used it means that it is not optional. Here the word “must” is expressing that in spirit and in truth is the only way to acceptably worship God.
God seeks true worshipers, and He identifies them as those who “worship Him in spirit and in truth”. Worshiping God in spirit means that it must be done from the heart. Worshiping God in truth means that it must be done according as God has specified in the Bible. Worshiping God in spirit and in truth is a serious matter which must not be taken lightly. If we have any regard for our own souls, we will want to make sure we are worshiping God in spirit and in truth.
A time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, and fear to the one who created us. God is the one who holds our eternal destiny in His hands. Philippians 2:12 tells us to, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Our salvation is a very serious matter and will not happen by accident. We must work it out “with fear and trembling”. Our salvation depends on whether our worship is pleasing to God or not. On the Day of Judgment it will be too late to make any corrections.
Reflect on the majesty and graciousness of God and Christ, contrasted to our own unworthiness. God does not have to have our worship, but we must worship Him to please Him. Our singing, praying, studying His word, giving, and communion are designed by God to bring us closer to Him and to cause us to think more like He thinks, thus becoming more like Him.
Our worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop a God-like and Christ-like character. We become like unto those we admire and worship. When we worship God we tend to value what God values and gradually take on the characteristics and qualities of God. We renew our mind as we study and meditate on God’s word and worship Him.
The benefits of worship are enormous.We develop such traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love. All of this is preparing us for eternal life in heaven with God and Christ.

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