Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

What is Worship?

"Come, let us worship and bow down, let us

kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Ps 95.6

What really, is worship?

Currently those of us in Cape Town have been called to a period of 40 days of worship, which started on Sunday 24 September and ends on 4 November. This was not meant to be a time of worship programs, but a time when each of God's people just get into a place of focused, personal times of worship to our King. How is this going for you? For me, it has been a battle against what feels like an unleashing of a torrent of distractions to keep my focus away from worship. Then, as I began to give in to despair at not succeeding in following through on this call, I began to ask myself : What is worship? I am not one who can just break out in spontaneous song, singing my love to Jesus. And neither am I one who can express myself in dance. Yes, I can use worship music or the Psalms as a prompt, but what is it that God is actually calling as to? Is He just desiring us to tell Him how great He is? I think not; He actually has no need for this. I believe this call to worship is a significant call, not just someone's clever idea; there is something key in this call. So what then, is God desiring from us? As I looked up the Hebrew word for ‘worship’ that is used in the Ten Commandments in Exodus, Strong's Lexicon speaks of bowing down, or prostrating oneself. I don't know about you, but this does not help me much; I mostly struggle to find meaning in physical posture. However, Genesius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, shed a lot more light. Though also speaking of physical posture, he goes on to speak of honouring, doing homage, and submitting oneself. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition for the word 'homage' is 'an expression of high regard; something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of another.' Eve's decision to believe Satan above God, was giving Satan the honour due God. So, instead of showing respect for God and attesting to His worth and influence, she expressed a higher regard for Satan and attested to his worth and influence above that of God, as she disregarded God’s command not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As I look back on my life using this frame, I stand in deep shame at my own lack of true worship... How are you doing in your 40 Days of Worship? If we truly love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, then worship would be as natural as breathing. Do you see the connection between this call and the ushering in of the promised revival? Let's use this time to learn to truly worship Almighty God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and let's not stop at 40 days!
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

What is Worship?

"Come, let us worship and bow

down, let us kneel before the Lord

our Maker.” Ps 95.6

What really, is worship?

Currently those of us in Cape Town have been called to a period of 40 days of worship, which started on Sunday 24 September and ends on 4 November. This was not meant to be a time of worship programs, but a time when each of God's people just get into a place of focused, personal times of worship to our King. How is this going for you? For me, it has been a battle against what feels like an unleashing of a torrent of distractions to keep my focus away from worship. Then, as I began to give in to despair at not succeeding in following through on this call, I began to ask myself : What is worship? I am not one who can just break out in spontaneous song, singing my love to Jesus. And neither am I one who can express myself in dance. Yes, I can use worship music or the Psalms as a prompt, but what is it that God is actually calling as to? Is He just desiring us to tell Him how great He is? I think not; He actually has no need for this. I believe this call to worship is a significant call, not just someone's clever idea; there is something key in this call. So what then, is God desiring from us? As I looked up the Hebrew word for ‘worship’ that is used in the Ten Commandments in Exodus, Strong's Lexicon speaks of bowing down, or prostrating oneself. I don't know about you, but this does not help me much; I mostly struggle to find meaning in physical posture. However, Genesius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, shed a lot more light. Though also speaking of physical posture, he goes on to speak of honouring, doing homage, and submitting oneself. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition for the word 'homage' is 'an expression of high regard; something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of another.' Eve's decision to believe Satan above God, was giving Satan the honour due God. So, instead of showing respect for God and attesting to His worth and influence, she expressed a higher regard for Satan and attested to his worth and influence above that of God, as she disregarded God’s command not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As I look back on my life using this frame, I stand in deep shame at my own lack of true worship... How are you doing in your 40 Days of Worship? If we truly love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, then worship would be as natural as breathing. Do you see the connection between this call and the ushering in of the promised revival? Let's use this time to learn to truly worship Almighty God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and let's not stop at 40 days!
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next