WHAT IS WORSHIP?
Worship is thanking God for who He is and enjoying His presence. God should be the One we move everything else aside for, not because we have to fulfill some sense of duty but because we enjoy being with Him.. God desires our attention and focus so we can experience Him and so He can transform us to be the people He created us to be. If we don’t give God our attention, we will give our attention to something else. When we give attention to something else in place of God, or even beside God, we are not worshipping Him. He wants all of us, all the time, to be in intimate contact with Him.
HOW WE WORSHIP
We are to worship with all our body, soul, and spirit. Really, all of life is a response to God, including music. But it is far more. An attitude of bowing before Him, or serving him, are perhaps the postures that best describe our worship of God. Our worship should be costly, as King David said: "I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God…offerings that cost me nothing" (2 Samuel 24:24). Jesus told two parables about the Kingdom of God being so important that we are willing to sacrifice everything to attain it (Matt. 13:44-46). We are also to worship "In Spirit and truth" (John 4 :24).
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WORSHIP?
When we worship, we focus our thoughts and our words on God. We have experienced that the more we give attention to God, the more He reveals Himself to us. The more He reveals to us, the more we are changed when we agree with Him and "receive the things freely given to us by the Spirit" 1 Cor. 2:12. God wants us to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2). Worship is the act of giving God first place in our lives presenting ourselves to Him so He can accomplish His plan. When we worship we find ourselves re-oriented and ready to go and serve. Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me.” Moses was changed by his encounter with God and led his people from captivity. Singing, praying, giving, learning, and serving are all parts of worship.