Authentic Worship - We Are Worshipers Part 3
From the time you and I are born we are all worshipers believer or non-believer. Worship is our response to what we value most. Worship tells us what we’ve value most. As a result, worship determines our actions, becoming the driving force for all we do. Everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money, and your loyalty. Our worship is more about what we do then what we say. Worship is the activity of the human soul and spirit. Worship isn’t just a Sunday thing. It’s an all-time thing. Every culture, every corner of earth, every age has had its gods. We were designed for worship. we were created by God to worship God.
Colossians 1:16 (ESV) For by him(Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. We come from the womb equipped for connectivity with God, pre-wired to praise. You and I were made by him and for him. You and I exist for one purpose: to reflect back to God his magnificent glory.
Acts 17:16 (ESV) Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. Acts 17:22–23 (ESV) So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. God is always seeking you. Psalm 19:1–4 (NLT) The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world…. Romans 1:20 (NLT) For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God has placed eternity in our hearts. The creation surrounding us tells us there’s more to this life than living and dying. Luke 19:9–10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Hebrews 1:3 JESUS IS “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,” He wants you to know who He is…and who you are, too. Acts 17:24–27 (ESV) The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, Every last one of us has been created with a searching soul, designed that way by God so we would find no rest until we find our rest in Him. Worship is the Christian’s full-time occupation.
Psalm 95:6–7 (NLT) Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! Psalm 96:1–9 (ESV) Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
A.W. TOZER “Whenever there is a move of the Holy Spirit, it is always a call for God’s people to be worshipers of the Most High God above everything else. Whatever else revival does, it must restore the purpose and meaning of being a worshiper.”