What is “Worship” Part 1 : Thankfulness

Trying something new! Rather than just my personal observations. Here is Part 1 of 5 (at this point) As I studying ‘worship’ at Vanguard Bible College a couple years ago, I formed my phylosphy of worship and I beleive it fits with Part 1…

Worship can be defined as “A reply of gratitude to God’s majesty”. We find through the scriptures that God’s everlasting covenant is his idea. He came to us and proclaimed that we were his people (Lev 26:12). And even though we continually turn from Him in all His splendor, he persistently renews the covenant first made with us. A very rushed recap of history… He makes a covenant with Moses in Leviticus 26:12, then he sends his Son, Jesus Christ, and then finally he says in Revelation 21:3 “”Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”. All we can do in response to this awesome act of pursuant ransom is reply by saying “Thank you God”. And then make ourselves available (Romans 12:1) for all that he has planed for us (Eph 2:10 & Jer 29:11). This can be done in many avenues (work, prayer, service, song, bowing, lifting the hands, solemn procession, dance, stillness, etc…).

When someone does something for you in an act of kindness, the natural reaction is gratitude. God commands us to love and worship him only, but when people understand the extent that God has gone to pursue us, the result is a desire to worship, and thank him. Giving a “reply of Gratitude because of God’s Majesty” by no means adds to how glorious and awesome He is. However, when done with a pure heart, it does cause us to submit, serve, and revere who He is because of what he has done. Acknowledging this while exercising free will is true worship.

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