Chapter 13 – Worship that pleases God
God wants all of you. He doesn’t want part of your life but He asked for all your heart, mind, soul and strength. there are commitment and obedient.
in worshiping God, there is no right or wrong way to worship. in Bible say “Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him”
there are four characteristics that please God.
Our worship is accurate.
worship must be based in the truth of scripture not our opinion of God.
it is not from nowhere but from the word of God.
Our worship is authentic.
Worship in spirit, our spirit was designed to communicate with Him. “Love your heart and soul” — it means our worship must be genuine and heartfelt.
it is not a matter of saying the right word, but mean what you say. We can worship God imperfectly but we can not worship him insincerely.
many of us worship God by the style that many people do, stuck in a so called worship rut. we follow majority people do. God does not see it that way. He wants us to be honest with our self. Do just we would like to do to worship Him.
If God intentionally made us all different, why should everyone be expected to love God in the same way? never He wanted it to be the same.
One thing is certain, You don’t bring glory to God by trying to be someone He never intended you to be. God wants you to be your self.
“thats the kind of people that father is out looking for, those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship”
Our Worship is thoughtful.
“Love God with all your mind..”
You must engage you mind.
it easier to offer clinches in worship instead of making effort to honor God with fresh words and ways.
be specific. if someone approached you and repeated, “i praise you!” ten times, you would probably think, For what? because you would rather received two specific compliments than twenty vague generalities. so would God.
1 Cor 14 concludes, “Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way”
God insists that our worship be understandable to unbeliever when they are present in our worship gathering.
Being sensitive to unbeliever who visit your worship gathering is biblical command.
Our worship is practical.
“Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship”
Worship costs us is our self-centerness. you can not exalt God and your self at the same time.
When Jesus said, “Love God with all your strength“. He pointed out that worship takes effort and energy.
a willing to sacrifice.
Matt Redman, a worship leader in England. He show that worship is more than music, he banned all singing and they learned to worship in other way. by end of that time, Matt had written the classic song “Heart of Worship”.
I’ll bring You more than a song,
because the song itself is not what You’ve required.
You search much deeper within
than the way things appear.
You are looking into my heart.
the heart of the master is a matter of the heart.
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