We are called as a people, separated from the world to worship God Almighty. Therefore, how to worship God is an essential question in our Christian faith.
The kind of worship referred to is not just about lifting holy hands and singing with sonorous voices but living a lifestyle that worships God Almighty in our daily living. This sort of Godly living is a living replica of the living bible.
If we say we worship God with just our lips and it doesn’t reflect in our words, thoughts, conduct, and everyday living, we are not true worshippers of God but hypocrites and stumbling blocks to the gospel. Worship is a lifestyle. What you do throughout the day is your act of worship to God.-Patrick Mabilog
True worship is not an occasion or an act we occasionally do; it is our calling to reference God and express our faith through true worship in our daily living.
Hence, worship is not an event but a total commitment to do the will of God in our daily living. Worship isn’t an event to attend and watch. It’s a lifestyle to be lived.
Rick Warren. God is holy, and as true believers, we must live a godly life to worship God in spirit and truth. Hence, worshipping God goes beyond singing praise and worship but also involves serving God in a way that our everyday life reflects the ways of God as outlined in the scriptures.
These are ten ways we can worship God in our everyday lives.
1. Worship Him In Spirit And Truth
God is a spirit: they who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. John 4:24 The big questions most Christians face are: How do I worship God? And what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth? These questions are crucial, and this article is geared towards answering such vital questions.
To truly offer great worship, we need first to know how to worship God, and we need to have a clear understanding of who He is and who we are to him. The way we see God in our everyday lives will determine how we worship Him.
For example, if you see God as just an entity, you recognize when you’re in trouble and need a quick solution, your method of worship will be different.
Also, suppose you see God Almighty as a father, a bosom friend, a provider, protector, and maker of heaven of the earth, and put conscious efforts to cultivate a consistent and healthy relationship with Him. In that case, your pattern of worship will also be different.
Furthermore, our relationship with God and knowledge of God are two essential factors that define and determine our level of worship. Hence, what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth? What are the ways of worshipping God?
To worship God in spirit and truth means to have a reference for God’s personality, recognize His greatness, outstanding qualities, and serve him with a pure heart void of worldliness or hypocrisy.
David was God’s favorite; he understood how to worship God, he knew what it means to touch God’s heart through music and have a pure heart void of sin, and God regarded David as a man after His own heart. He was one man who understood the benefits of worshipping God, and he enjoyed the benefits to the fullest.
To worship God in spirit and truth, we must come before Him in worship with a heart free of sin, free of guilt and free of impurities, a pure and contrite heart that craves to worship God.
The place of worship is a place of healing, where miracles and sanctification happen. God’s divine presence flows when we lift not just holy hands and heavenly voices but holy hearts, God’s presence envelopes us, and we shed tears of joy for no place we instead are but dwelling in His presence. These and many more are the blessings and benefits of worshipping God.
2. Worship From A Place Of Reverence
The word revere means a kind of love borne out of fear. As Christians, we have a mighty God who also is our heavenly Father and our friend, and our worship must come from a place of reverence.
We serve a God we cannot see, but we know the work of His hands. He’s El-Shaddai- The mighty man in battle, He’s Elohim- the God that created but was not created.
To truly worship God, we must acknowledge His mightiness, so we come humbly before His thrown to hallow His mighty name. True worship comes from a place of reverence.
True worship does not encourage arrogance, pride, or ego. Instead, it expresses humility, for we are chosen to worship God Almighty in our everyday life.
3. Worship Him Through Our Words, Thoughts & Actions
The highest form of worship is to live a life worthy of emulation. An exemplary life that follows God’s instructions as written in the bible.“Be an example to all believers in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, and your purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12 Worship to God Almighty goes beyond face value; we have to go the extra mile as believers to worship God by living an exemplary life, a life that preaches the gospel and attracts unbelievers to the church of God.
Paul, who understood the importance of worshipping God through living a godly life, admonishes Timothy by letting him know that a life of true worship is a life whose words, thoughts, and actions are in sync with the ways of God.
4. Through Songs Of Praise And Worship
When we sing praise and worship God, we urge Angels in heaven to give glory to God’s holy name. We exalt Him above our worries, our anxieties, all our problems, and lift Him higher for the great God He is.
There’s no greater calling, no more incredible honor, no more extraordinary privilege, no greater glory bestowed on us than to be chosen to offer God praise and worship.
God is mighty. He’s the Almighty, the one created but was never made, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end; yet he counted us worthy of singing His praise and worship.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and His own special people that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9 God chose us to sing His praise to worship His holy name, and whenever we sing songs of worship to Him, the devil is put to shame, and God is exalted above everything else. There are various anointed worshippers and ministers of worship that God has called with beautiful songs to glorify His name; we must be familiar with these gospel songs and sing to God frequently.
We must always worship God in songs and praises every day of our lives, regardless of where we find ourselves. God is omnipresent, and our worship has no restriction; God is praised when we worship Him. Hence, when we sing praise and worship to God, we see the mighty hand of God in our lives doing great and powerful things.
The children of God was stuck with a strong wall, called Jericho but when they brought out their cymbals, harps, trumpet and started praising and worshipping God in the beauty of His holiness, the walls of Jericho fell down flat. When we praise and worship God, we see the hand of God come down, and he does great and mighty things no man can do.
5. Worship Him Through Our Good Works
As Christians who are chosen to worship God, one of the ways God expects us to express our worship is through good works. God works in us through good results, and when we shower others out of the abundance of blessings God has bestowed upon us, we are worshipping Him through charity borne out of gratitude.
The early Christians worshipped God during their community gatherings and good works, charity and they transformed lives by being generous.
But, unfortunately, we become shortsighted because we only think our worship ends at singing worship to God; we must also affect lives for God through our good works. What better way to show how to worship God than to show it through good results.“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works”Titus 2:7
Hitherto, not only are we to be distinguished by our good works, but we must have a pattern; we must be consistent and never grow weary in doing charitable and good works.
Dorcas is a typical example of worshiping God through good works. She was an exceptional Christian; she was charitable, kind, and selfless. She lived a life that served and worshipped God in all its entirety.
In a time when the apostolic anointing was what held sway across different regions, Dorcas still stood out in her community, not for working miracles or healing the sick but for her excellent works.
“A woman who was a follower lived in the city of Joppa. Her name was Tabitha or Dorcas. She did many good things and many acts of kindness. One day she became sick and died. After they had washed her body, they laid her in a room on the second floor.
The city of Lydda was near Joppa. The followers heard that Peter was at Lydda and sent two men to ask him to come at once. Pete went back with them. When he came, they took him to the room.
All the women whose husbands had died were standing around crying. They were showing the clothes Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Peter made them all leave the room. Then he got down on his knees and prayed. He turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes and looked at Peter, and sat up.
He took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then he called in the faithful followers and the women whose husbands had died. He gave her to them, a living person.
Acts 9: 38:41 She was exemplary and so loved that both old and young cried and cried when she died, and Peter was summoned, and she was brought back to life. “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”Psalm 37:3 Are you worshipping God through your good works?
6. Worship Him With A Pure Heart
Worship is a spiritual key that unlocks various spiritual realms. For example, when we worship God, we enter into the holy of the holies where only the Levites do have access to during the Old Testament. Hence, Jesus Christ, by His death and resurrection, gave us unlimited access to God’s presence, so we can commune with God.
Furthermore, we need a heart that is pure and without sin to access such realm of spiritual worship. A heart full of sins cannot experience God Almighty in the place of worship.
David was a psalmist, a lover of God who was passionate about playing musical tunes to GOD. However, David gave us a vivid picture of how a pure heart enhances our worship of God and gives us unlimited access to God’s presence.
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He that has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalm 24:2:4 The scripture above gives a clear picture of what it takes to worship God without hindrance. God dislikes sin but loves to dwell in a pure heart that glorifies Him in all honesty and integrity.
We are God’s temple. He dwells in us, so we must cultivate a pure heart so God can live in us without obstructions. True worship is made from a pure heart; it creates a free path for God to saturate us with his presence and dwell in us.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”Matthew 5:8 To truly see God in our daily lives and our daily endeavors, we must have a heart void of sin, pure, and create room for God Almighty to worship and experience God in His fullness.
7. Attend Service Frequently
God loves gathering His people, singing in one accord praising His name. If you check through the bible, we find various verses that point to God Almighty encouraging His people to assemble together, come together, lift up holy hands together, etc. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name.”
2 Chronicles 7:14. We are God’s people, chosen to exalt His holy name and worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. Gathering together as a people is not only how to worship God but also a way we invite God to dwell in our midst, do miracles in our lives, and fill our hearts with His incredible presence…
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, their l am in their midst.” Matthew 18:20 Why do we have to gather together as Christians? God instructs we observe such gatherings, and in fellowship and one accord, we lift up our voices in worship, with one heart focused on God.
He dwells in our midst, where we have sweet fellowship with our maker as he refreshes and replenishes our lives with His incredible presence.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but encouraging one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25. Furthermore, the church of God is where we find talented and spirit-filled music ministers who are concentrated and anointed to sing His praise and worship.
Also, we have world-class musical instruments to accompany our songs of worship to the glory of His name.Hence, when we miss church services, mainly on a Sunday, we miss a golden opportunity to give God quality worship and miss out on a quality worship experience with our brethren.
8. Create An Altar
The altar as a spiritual monument has a deep spiritual significance in our connection or relationship with God. If you look at the bible, various believers and prophets erected altars to God Almighty from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob, etc.
Simply put, an altar is a place of worship where God visits and communes with a believer. It is okay to go to church every Sunday and attend midweek services to worship God.
However, nothing can substitute for having a personal altar to spare quality time to worship God. “Moses built an altar and named it The Lord Is My Banner.”
Exodus 17:15 “Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel in mount Ebal.” Joshua 8:30 These great men who were great believers of old understood the importance of erecting an altar for God in every aspect of their lives, so also we must create an altar for God.
In today’s contemporary world, where everything is fighting to grab our attention and steal our time but having an altar is the perfect place we get to spend quality time with our maker.
An altar can be created anywhere; it can be a particular room or a secluded area we have set aside to connect with God in worship.
An altar can be at the mountain top, the church, or any serene space void of noise and distractions. The essence of an altar is to have a place for God’s visit, a place for worship and communing with God.
9. Pursue Holiness
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 No scripture gives a more vivid picture of our call to a holy living as the scripture above. God doesn’t receive worship from a defiled soul. He only accepts true worship from a godly life.
We must pursue holiness at all costs because anything short of it will cost us our relationship with God Almighty. If we do not know how to keep and present ourselves holy, we do not know how to worship God.
“Therefore l urge you, brothers and sisters, given God’s mercy to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God this is your true and proper worship.”
Romans 12:1 Indeed, holiness is much more than just a religious act; it is a calling, a sacrifice, and an act of love. The quest to live a holy life results from our desire to get closer to God by putting aside those little sins that distract us from worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
The scripture clearly states that true and proper worship starts with pursuing holiness, living a consecrated life that boldly says yes to God and no to sin. Until we get to this level, our worship won’t be in spirit and in truth, and God won’t be pleased with our worship.
10. Holding A Broad Knowledge Of God
The kingdom of God is understood through knowledge, and to grow in grace and the things of God, worship inclusive, you must acquire kingdom-based knowledge.
Believers who are curious, interested, and hungry about the things of God get closer to God more and more. It is hard to truly worship God in spirit and in truth when you barely know Him, understand His personality, and how to worship Him.
Indeed, worshipping Gog in spirit and in fact, poses lots of questions like How to worship God in nature? And what is true worship? However, these questions can be fully answered by reading the bible, reading Christian literature that speaks expressly on such topics.
If we don’t put in that conscious effort towards getting such knowledge about it, we may not be able to worship God the way we are supposed to.
Lastly, as Christians, we have no greater calling, no more important job than to worship God in spirit and in truth every day of our lives while on earth.
Hence, we must live an exemplary life, worship God out of reverence for His highly esteemed personality. Do good works, and live a holy life. A life that pursues holiness, so we don’t live a life of sin that chases God away from our lives.
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