Worship the Lord
The heart of the issue
in worship is this: My life needs God's presence to work God's purpose
in my life.
In worship we are
the performers and God is the audience. Worship is bending the knee of
(worship digest 1 sept. '97, added 22 febr.'98)
Worship the Lord in the
of holiness, bow down before Him and bless His holy Name.
- Beautify your life with the standard of holiness.
- Bow down in humiliation and reverence.
- Bless the Lord with jubilant thankfulness.
These are elements of true worship; read e.g. Psalm 96:9, added 26 May '98, T. J. de Ruiter
Worship is a lifestyle
and the only one that lasts eternally
firstname.lastname@example.org / 19 nov. 1997
Worshiping is to...
- Quicken the conscience by
Holiness of God
- Feed the mind on the truth of God
- Purge the imagination by the reality of God
- Devote the heart to the love of God
- Devote the will to the purpose of God
In worship, we are the
and God is the audience...
Andy Rice, First Evangelical Church, Vancouver, WA, email@example.com 1 sept. '97
Worship God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, because of His:
T. J. de Ruiter, 23 august 1997
Worship is the correct response to the presence of God
Doug Hanley in a 'Worship Post', july 1997, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Dutch: Aanbidding is de correcte reactie op de Tegenwoordigheid van God
love Jesus and be lost in worship
I want to bless you all, worshippers of the Lord Jesus Christ, with the the closing line of one of the dearest hymns of Charles Wesley to me, 'Love Divine, all loves excelling': 'Lost in wonder, love and praise.....' Which is, according to my knowledge, experience and desires in the Lord, the ultimate spiritual blessing in worship: Totally being taken up in God, our soul and spirit flowing to God in adaptation, admiration and adoration. Then, and then only we find the ultimate, perfect and blessed affirmation of our personal existence as a creature of Him.
T. J. de Ruiter, Leusden, The Netherlands, 29th of May, 1997
Here is a beautiful thought, truthful, scriptural and very devotional. From Glenna Damerom, e-mailaddr. GJDameron@aol.com Date: 6 june 1997
To worship Him is to become more like Him and being formed in His image is all I desire. Worship Him with all your are.
A truthful admonition was written by Dean G. Thomas, e-mail: email@example.com
Worship is not about us and how we feel; it is about giving God the honour due to His Name. His Word, not our feelings, define that 'honour', which is due to Him.
On John 4:24 'those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth...'
At their foundation they
together inner subjective experience (created by the Spirit in our
and objective truth (founded in the Word of God, meaning both the
and Jesus Christ). When these are separated, authentic worship is
added: 18 June 1997
Give Him (Jesus Christ) the
Worship the Lord, and: --
T. J. de Ruiter, 25 june 1997
God looks for worshippers
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. (John 4:23, N.I.V.)
God longs so much for us to worship Him, that he is actually looking (seeking) for worshippers. Therefore, He delights in honest worship from our spiritual being. If our worship is a response to God's love for us, then this will connect us 'in the Spirit' with God and shall both be satisfied.
Neil S. Hamilton
Setting aside musical style preferences
During my personal time of worship, I can use whatever music I enjoy. But during corporate worship, I must never allow the style or my dislike of it to prevent me from worshiping. If I can't put aside my preferences during worship, then I am not worshiping God - I am worshiping myself. I only wish that all of our congregation felt the same way.
"Be still and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
We are commanded to stop (literally)... rest, relax, let go, and make time for Him. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and waiting before Him. Such foreign business in these busy times! Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires such discipline. Silence is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life.
Chuck Swindoll, Intimacy with the Almighty; Encoutering Christ in the secret places of your life, Word Publishing, 1996
Quality of Worship (watching or worshiping?)
Read in 'Worship Digest 808', part of a contribution of Tony Wade:
I tell people that the 'quality' of their worship most often depends upon what they put into it. If you simply 'observe' then that's what you'll be -- an observer. If instead you 'enter in' to the same spirit and attitude of the person you're observing and if you begin to praise God for the worship -- then you'll be worshiping tooTony Wade, 1 july 1997
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