There are proper ways to present ourselves before God when we worship Him
By Don Ruhl
During worship, God watches…listens…and reads our thoughts.
How then should we worship? How then should we present ourselves to God in worship? What should be the condition of our hearts? What should be our thoughts? What should our appearance be?
Even as a young child gazes with admiration at his parent, so we want to worship God.
Psalm 96.7–9 Worship in Holiness
Give to the LORD,
O families of the peoples,
Give to the LORD glory and strength.
Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Give to the Lord, because the very nature of worship is to give. We have not come to see performers, but to perform. We are not the audience with men up front the actors and performers. God is the audience and we perform. We come to give. Yes, we receive, but when we give first. We cannot reap unless we have sown.
Give the Lord glory and strength, honoring Him for what and who He is.
Bring an offering, but not a financial offering alone. Bring the offering of your soul. Thereby making Him comfortable with us rather than making ourselves comfortable with Him.
Come into His courts, that is, assemble. Worship Him on your own. However, even as parents want all their children to come together, so does God.
Worship the Lord in holiness. Malachi 2.13, 14 shows Him rejecting public worship, although emotional, because the rest of the time of the Jews were not holy, treating their wives treacherously. Do you want one of your children to attack one of your other children and then come tell you he loves you?
Tremble before Him, thinking of our awesome God. Notice the words of worship songs carefully. You will find yourself trembling before God!
John 4.21–24 Worship in Spirit and Truth
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4.21–24).
Know what or rather who you worship. Do you know God? How can a person worship God, if that person does not know God? Therefore,
Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His word…
Take time to be holy,
The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret
With Jesus alone…
Worship the Father in spirit. Mere physical motions neglect the nature of God. God is spirit, therefore let your spirit be in the things we do.
Worship the Father in truth. To say that worship is in spirit does not mean without guidance. Worship in spirit does not mean doing what we feel like doing. Find out what He wants in worship by searching the Scriptures.
Worship highlights the life of a Christian. Worship is an extension of the life of a Christian, or is it that the life of a Christian is an extension of his worship?