Three P’s of Worship

“Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.” Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.” (Psalm 96)

Most worship services begin with the Choir singing hymns or the Praise band leading praise music. During the worship service there will be a time of giving back from the treasure that the Lord has blessed us with. Some of us may serve during the worship service as teachers, musicians, sound technicians, ushers, and greeters. During the service there may be times of prayer and acts of praise. But none of these define what true worship is. They are expressions of our worship, manifestations of what we know in our heart and the desire we have to serve our God but they in themselves are not wholly true worship. As we look to opinions and definitions in various dictionaries for the meaning of the word worship there is one that comes from Webster that defines worship as a spiritual discipline. Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1828).

True worship is not confined between the walls of a Church building, or within the comfort of the home, and not in the vastness of the desert. True worship is a commitment to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission to the Lord God Almighty. True worship is a way of life lived in righteousness. If our lifestyle is not expressed in the beauty of holiness in a devoted love for God with an excess of submission to God, then I ask of you to make that kind of true worship the priority of your life. Let us look at the three P’s of worship, Priority, Person, and Promise.

We are commanded by the Prophet Moses to, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) This is the command to have a worshipful relationship with God. We all fall short but we are to strive to accomplish this in our life. This is the priority of our worship. This is at the heart of our worship that God loves us, He loves us with all His heart, He loves us with a deep spiritual commitment as He has given His Spirit to dwell within us, and He loves us with all His might. He is faithful and true and will never forsake us and only He is worthy of our worship. This is why we enter His courts with praise. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

The God we serve, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the one true God, the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent One, and there is no other He is the one true God. “For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” (Psalm 96:5-6) This is the focus of our worship our God the Creator of the havens and the earth. This is the personage of our God, the one we mold our lives by.

Therefore we worship Him for the Person that He is. Answer for yourself this question. Would you worship God without the miraculous signs and wonders that are manifested in our life and all around us, or is our worship dependent upon the abundance of His blessings that we receive each and every day of our lives? Without that would God still be worthy of our worship? Do we only worship God for what He can do for us or do we worship Him for who He is. We seek the favor of men but would it not be better to seek the favor of God? “The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.” (Psalm 147:11)

There is a Promise attached to our worship of the Lord. As unworthy as we are to stand before a holy God He is abundantly generous towards us through our worship of Him. This is the promise of the Lord that when we worship Him with extravagant love and extreme submission He will come and commune with us. As James writes, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

The promise is not that we will feel greater by His presence, or that He will lift all our burdens from our backs, but that in His time He will come and commune with us in response to our worship of Him. “Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.” (Psalm 96:13)

When God comes He first will look into our hearts. He will find everything that is not like Him, every fault and every sin that needs to be confessed and repented of He will convict us of. This is an answer to our prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) When we lift our voices in song and praise, when we lift our hands and shout they would be noise to a holy God if there is unconfessed sin in our lives. God comes to make us right before Him, to forgive us and to give us the righteousness of His Son.

This is the promise of true worship that we will be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus, that we may fellowship with Him for His glory. This is the result of a true worship. An extravagant love for God and an extreme submission to Him. Then your worship can be complete, worthy, pleasing and acceptable to God. Then you can sing with joy in tour heart, giving back His portion of His blessing, and serving Him with gladness. Then you will, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts.”  (Ps. 96:8).

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Pleasant Manor, September 18, 2016

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