WORSHIP | WORSHIP NARRATIVE
Numerous passages give voice to a variety of physical expressions that were offered to God in worship. While worship must spring from the heart of the worshipper, worship must be expressed in some form. Worship is never just an attitude, state, belief, or emotion. Worship is a total life experience in that God is sovereign over all aspects of our lives and, because of this, each aspect is willingly given over to Him as sacrifices including our time, money, vocations, relationships, and self.
Genesis 24:26, Psalm 95:6, 2 Chronicles 7:3, Matthew 2:11, 2 Chronicles 29:28-30, Nehemiah 8:6, Luke 2:37, Romans 12:1
God will entertain no rivals or peer. There are no other gods but Jehovah God. Placing any practice or object as a sovereign and supreme ruler in the life of believers invites serious consequences. A believer can often be deceived and distracted away from acceptable worship, particularly when the Word of God is disregarded.
Exodus 32:8, Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 11:16, 1 Kings 22:53, 2 Kings 17:16, 2 Chronicles 7:19, Psalm 97:7, Acts 7:42, Revelation 9:20
Worship cannot be relegated to one particular style or form. Worship is multi-faceted and is a total life expression, involving both the inner person and outward behavior. Worship must take precedence over every other activity and every activity should take the form of acceptable worship to God. Worship takes sin seriously and responds to God’s character, His truth, and His actions. Worship is both theological and practical. Worship is orderly and Christ-focused and must meet certain criteria in order to be acceptable to God.
Worship responds to:
- Superiority of the New Covenant in Christ
- God’s holiness
- God’s creative work
- God’s action toward humankind