You Are Invited to Worship

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Psalms 95:1-6 says, “O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods. In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”

Scripture is dominated by the theme of worship. One version of the Bible mentions the word worship four hundred times. In every book of the Bible, in every generation, people worshiped God. And from what the Bible tells us, worship is one of the chief activities of heaven (Revelation 5:9-14).

Psalm 95 is an invitation to worship. Through studying this invitation, we learn what it means to worship, and how worship can become a way of life that is both appropriate and fulfilling. Verse six says, “Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Worship is a lifestyle of adoration in which we place God above everything and everyone else. Worship is not just an event, activity, or emotion.

Worship is a response to God (1 John 4:19).

Worship is a response to God from our hearts (John 4:23-24).We    are told to worship “in spirit and truth.”

Worship is the proper response whereby we place God above everything else. He is supremely worthy of worship               (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 10:37, Romans 12:1).

Worship means “to declare value or worth.” Derived from the old English word, weorthscipe, meaning “worthiness, respect.” Shortened to “worshipe” (Middle English), then “worship.”  Worship is not synonymous with praise. We worship God for who He is and who we are; we praise Him for what He does. Worship is ongoing, praise is episodic, in response to God’s activities. So, no matter what kind of week you’ve experienced, worship God in spirit and truth because He’s worthy!