The Scriptures tell us that God is good, pure, holy and invisible. He created the world and all that is in it, including man. He gave us the ability to possess His Spirit, teaching us that our knowledge of Him calls us to the reasonable duty of worship and thanksgiving, that we may daily give ourselves to Him in service. This is elementary worship.
Scriptures also tell us worship literally means “to be prostrate on the ground before God, glorifying Him with reverence, honor and service”. True worship is profound reverence, respect, and willingness to genuinely serve with our mind, emotions, and bodily strength. (See Isaiah 6.)
True worship can be individual or corporate. The Old Testament emphasizes public worship at the Tabernacle and Temple. The New Testament clearly calls for worship to be an essential part of every Christian’s daily life (Matthew 6:6) and the character of the local church (1 Corinthians 14:25, 26). When we pray, read and study the Bible, listen to the Spirit’s call as the Word is preached, and participate in music that lifts our voices to God, confessing and adoring Him, this is worship.
God’s perfection is His spirituality. He could not be infinite, immutable, and omniscient if He were a physical being. We read in John 4:23, 24: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
When we see the world as God’s creation and consider His power, the order of His wisdom, and the usefulness of the world as His goodness, we discern our need to thank Him for our existence and life. As we ponder all this, His spiritual nature, and His infinite transcendence, we find ourselves in true spiritual worship glorifying Him in the manner that is suitable to His person and His infinity.
Pastor Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday on Radio KAML, AM 990, at 8:30 a.m. All are invited to celebrate Christmas with us this Sunday, December 23rd. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m., followed by our Worship Service at 11. Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!