Practical Worship

John-4.23-243

Some practical suggestions on how to grow as a true worshiper of the Father:

1. MAKE SURE THAT YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD.

You don’t worship to gain eternal life; you worship because God has given you eternal life. Worship is your response after you have believed in God’s grace through Christ’s death on your behalf.

2. ESTABLISH A DAILY TIME ALONE WITH GOD IN THE WORD AND PRAYER.

I cannot over-emphasize this. Worship is your response to the truth that God has revealed in His Word. Prayer is a response to the truth of the Word. Without spending consistent time alone with the Lord, your soul will shrivel up. You won’t worship.

3. ELIMINATE ALL OF THE GARBAGE FROM THE WORLD THAT HINDERS YOUR GROWTH IN WORSHIPING GOD.

The world is constantly competing for our worship. It bombards us daily through the media. If a TV show or movie defiles you or crowds out your daily time with the Lord, cut it out. If the computer gobbles up your time, you’ve got to restrict it. If you’re yielding to the temptation to view porn on your computer, you’re in serious spiritual trouble (Matt. 5:27-30)! You cannot glorify God with your body unless you flee from immorality (1 Cor. 6:18-20). You’ve got to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness (1 Tim. 4:7), because true worship is inseparable from godliness.

4. PUT AWAY DISTRACTIONS ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AND DON’T BE A DISTRACTION TO OTHER WORSHIPERS.

Don’t read the bulletin during singing or the sermon. If you have a medical condition that requires you to use the restroom during the worship service, sit near the back and on an aisle so you don’t disturb others. If you’re thirsty, you can wait until the service is over to get a drink. If your child is a distraction to others, take him to the nursery or out of the service.

5. IGNORE OTHERS AROUND YOU AND REMEMBER THAT GOD IS THE AUDIENCE.

There is a balance here. We should feel free to express our love to God outwardly without worrying about what others think of us. David danced before the Lord even though it embarrassed his wife, but God sided with David (2 Sam. 6:14-23). On the other hand, if you’re so demonstrative that you’re distracting others and calling attention to yourself, you’re out of balance. “All things must be done properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Cor. 14:40).

6. SPEND TIME WORSHIPING GOD IN HIS CREATION.

Wherever you are, pay attention to what God has made: the night sky with its stars; the sun to warm the day and give light (Ps. 19:1-6); the flowers, the birds, the butterflies, and even the bugs; your body, which is fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14). In Romans 1:18-21, Paul indicts ungodly people who have ignored the evidence of the Creator that is all around them in His creation. Their sin was that they did not honor God or give thanks. In other words, they didn’t worship the Creator. But that’s our ultimate priority!

https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-23-priority-true-worship-john-423-24

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