Ways to Worship
True worship exists only when God is at the center of it. The focus should be only on God and not on the pastor who is preaching or on the choir that is singing. It is not how loud someone yells in a church service or how much someone runs down the aisle. It is not how long someone prays or how often they go to church. However, these things lead to true worship.
When people focus on things other than on God, they miss the whole point of what worship is all about. Jesus tells us in John 4:24 that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth.
Worshiping God is not limited to only one act. There are several ways to worship, and there is no wrong way as long as the person is worshipping God and not something or someone else.
When we worship, we are saying that God is worthy because He has worth. Worship is the job of every Christian. We show God is worthy by our response to Him that He welcomes.
Worship Is Not Limited to Only One Way
True worship is not limited to only one way. It can include the following activities:
- reading God's word
- hearing God's words
- listening to singing
- listening to music
- participating in Holy Communion
- being baptized
- witnessing a baptism
- serving others
True worship is not confined to what we do in church. People can worship God in church with other believers, but they can also worship God when they go into His presence one-on-one.
Worship Through God's Word
It is an excellent way to worship God in "spirit and in truth" while reading, studying and meditating on God's word. As you worship God, you get to know Him more.
If you really want a great experience worshipping God through your Bible, read the Psalms that embrace worship.
Worship Through Prayer
Prayer was always a big part of worship in the Bible. It is very effective to worship God through prayer today.
Consider praying the model prayer found in Matthew 6:6-15 that Jesus taught His disciples. Do not rush through it. Some theologians recommend taking one whole hour to pray the prayer by focusing on each part of it.
Worship in God's Creation
People who love the outdoors will be glad to know that they can worship God through His creation just as much as they can worship between the walls of a church building. Worship is not restricted only to a church on Sundays at 11 a.m.
It is convenient to worship while embracing nature because it can happen through a walk in one's own neighborhood as well as going to a local trail or park. A person can worship God while seeing the wonders all around.
There are trees, grass, water, birds, butterflies, flowers, and animals. After all, God made them all. You can pray, sing, or just enjoy everything God has made by taking a short walk.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. (Psalm 19:1–2)
Worship with Your Body
People can use their bodies to worship God as they walk, run, or dance. Whatever activity they embark upon, they can dedicate them to God.
It is a good idea to pray before beginning the activity and to thank God after it is over.
Some people like to worship God through dance. David worshipped God by dancing before Him when the ark returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14).
Worship God Through Music
Some people find it very easy to worship God through music. There is a worship leader in a church to lead people into worship by singing hymns and spiritual songs. However, there is no worship leader at home, but there are other ways to worship God through music on records and tapes.
You can obey God and worship Him at the same time.
Obedience Is a Form of Worship
Most people do not consider obeying God as a form of worship, but it is. Rick Warren says in The Purpose Driven Life that people worship God when they obey Him.
You can obey God and worship Him at the same time.
Worshipping Through Holy Communion
Holy Communion is very sacred. It is one of the two ordinances of the traditional churches. The other ordinance is baptism.
A person can worship through the participation of Holy Communion when they think back and remember when Jesus gave the command to His disciples.
We do this in remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Having you ever wondered why your Sunday morning church service is called a worship service. That's because the time is filled with prayers, music, songs, dancing, praises, scripture reading, the sermon, fellowship, giving, and serving behind the scenes. It is called corporate worship because everyone works together to worship God.
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