How to Worship – John MacArthur

We are spiritual creatures by nature, so everyone worships someone.  Even the atheist worships – himself.  The Bible uses two words for worship – to kiss a hand or bow down and to render honor or homage.  It begins first of ourselves, than our attitudes then our possession until worship is a way of life.  The person who uses his life for any purpose other than worship – no matter how noble – is guilty of a grave sin.  We must ask ourselves three questions about our worship.

1) Are we worshiping the right God?

  • You shall not worship any other Gods (Exodus 34:14)
  • My glory I will not give to another (Isaiah 48:11)
  • (People) exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures (Romans 1:21-23)

2) Is our worship in the right form?  Those who offer self-styled worship are unacceptable to God, regardless of their intentions.

  • Saul departed from God’s prescribed method of worship when he performed the sacrifices that Samuel was supposed to complete in 1 Samuel 13:8-14
  • Uzzah disobeyed God’s direction for how the ark, the center of worship, should be transported when he touching it in Samuel 6:3-7
  • The Pharisees worshiped God with a self-styled system and “broke the commandments of God for the sake of tradition” (Matthew 15:3)

3) Do we have the right attitude when we worship?

  • The Jews treating worship with disdain by offering their worst animals as sacrifices to God (Malachi 1:7-10)
  • God rejects His’ people’s sacrifices and prayers in Isaiah 1:11-15 because the country is disobedient to Him

If we have the right God, right form and right attitude, true worship will be:

  • Driven by the word of God – all worship is an intelligent and loving response to the revelation of God, therefore acceptable worship is impossible without preaching
  • Edifying – it merges heart and mind in response of pure adoration.  Unless the message is set in the context of Biblical truth, any emotions it stirs are of no use in prompting genuine worship
  • Honor God – it drives reverence and awe in the light of God’s holiness

Source: Based on Worship by John MacArthur

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