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Worship, What Is It and Why We Do It.

Good morning everyone.

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."

Acts 13:2

This morning, I'd like to talk about worship..

What does the word minister mean?
Why do we worship?
And how do we minister unto the Lord?

The word "ministered" as used in this verse comes from the Greek word "leitourgeo," which means "to worship." 

Worship is the only ministry which is directed to the Lord alone. Prayer involves some worship, but also intercession for others and petitions for our own needs

We minister unto the Lord by worshiping Him. Let us always remember that! We do not praise God to be heard by men. 

Also, let's keep in mind that since worship is a ministry unto the Lord, we should not worship God for the purpose of receiving material benefits or spiritual blessings from Him. 

If the Lord never does another thing EVER, 
He has already done enough to deserve all our praise and worship!

We are commanded to worship God, but it must be in spirit and in truth.

"Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'
Matthew 4:10

The word "worship" comes from the Greek word "proskuneo," which means to kiss, like a dog licking his master's face. It means to prostrate one's self, or to make one's self low. It also means to reverence and adore. 

The word prostrate comes from the Latin word "sternere" which means to lay low, spread out. To lay ones self face downward, especially in reverence or submission

The deepest form of worship is praise and adoration to God for what He is. This is a "no strings attached" kind of worship. Because we are not worshiping Him for what we can get out of Him, or because of what He has done for us. Worshiping God for what He has done for us is "thanksgiving.

Our worship should always include thanksgiving, but we must never forget to praise and adore Him because of who He is! 

There are seven words for the word "praise."

The word "praise" as found in the Bible was translated from seven different words, six of them in Hebrew, and the other one, in the New Testament, is in Greek.

The following are examples of the word praise was translated from one of these seven words:
1."yadah", found in Psalms 9:1; 138:1; Isaiah 12:1, 4
2. "halal", found in Psalms 22:22; Psalms 111:1; Psalms 150
3. "tehillah", found in Psalms 22:25; Psalms 34:1; Psalms 100:4
4. "zamar", found in Psalms 21:13
5. "towdah", found in Psalms 50:23; and in the title of Psalms 100
6. "shabach", found in Psalms 63:3
7. "ainesis", found in Romans 15:11; Revelation 19:5; Hebrews 13:15

Scripture also teaches us to clap our hands unto the Lord.
Psalms 47:1

One of the primary duties of the Old Testament priest was to offer up the proper sacrifices unto the Lord. We are spiritual priests. Therefore we do not offer up animals and fruits unto the Lord, in sacrifice. 
We offer our sacrifice in worship, out of a pure heart unto the Lord. 

"You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 2:5

"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
1 Peter 2:9

Scripture gives us several examples of the power of praise:

Dedication of Solomon's Temple:

"Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God."

The glory of God did not fill the temple until the musicians and singers began to praise God in one mind and one accord, even though the temple was already finished, and all of the pieces were in their proper place. 
This teaches us that we can have everything in proper place in our lives, but we must worship God if we want to experience His glorious presence.

Judah's Victory Over Their Enemies:

"Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated."
2 Chronicles 20:22

Several nations of Israel's enemies came together against Judah. Judah was greatly outnumbered. Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, proclaiming a fast throughout all Judah. The spirit of the LORD came upon one of the Levites, who prophesied that the Lord would give them the victory. They would not even have to fight for it!
Singers were appointed to worship and praise the LORD, and as they did so, God fought for Judah and defeated their enemies.
This teaches us that in the time of temptations, trials, etc., we can have the victory by praising and worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul and Silas Experienced Victory in Prison:

"But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed."
Acts 16:25-26

Paul and Silas had been cast into prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of moaning and complaining, they got their minds off themselves, and begin to sing praises unto the Lord. God sent a spiritual and physical earthquake. 
It was because of this move on the part of the Holy Spirit, Paul then baptized the keeper of the prison and his household.
Acts 16:27-33

Praise gets our mind off of ourselves and our problems when we minister to the Lord in true worship, we can’t worship God in our flesh we must worship him in the Spirit!

Everyday, God works miracles in all of our lives, whether we see the miracles or not!

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