Ways To Worship God

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When we talk about worshiping God and praising the Lord, many Christians think about the moment they sing worship songs during church services on a Sunday morning. However, there is much more to the act of worship than that.

Worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth

In a well-known episode from the New Testament, Jesus told the Samaritan woman what the Father is seeking in His true worshipers (John 4:23). That message of Christ taught us that worship is no longer about following outward rituals that may hide a non-committed participant, as it was in the Old Testament days. Our worship must be a truthful expression that connects us to the Father on a deep spiritual level.

Worshiping in spirit and truth requires both our emotions and our knowledge of God. It is neither only about feelings nor only about the intellectual understanding of who God is – it is about both. We worship God with our hearts and with our minds as well.

True worship is only possible because of the mediation of Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5) and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives (John 14:15-18). Keep that in mind when you worship God, no matter how you do it.

Worship Through the Bible

Legitimate praise and worship require “truth” (John 4:23), so we need to go to the Bible to find it. Praise is the expression of admiration for who God is and what He has done. Worship is an act of devotion, reverence, and submission to Him.

We need to know what God revealed about Himself in Scripture. We need the Bible to tell us what is true about the Lord and to give us examples so we know how to properly relate to Him.

If we praise or worship a figure of our imagination, then it is not the true God from the Bible we are praising or worshiping. To get started, go to the book of Psalms. You will find many beautiful songs and prayers of praise and worship there.

Worship Through Prayer

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV) Worship Through Prayer

Prayer is not just a way to send requests to God. It is the act of communicating with the Almighty. A fundamental element of this communication is praising and worshiping Him.

Make sure to have a moment to connect to God on a deeper level during your quiet time. In your prayers, praise God for who He is and what He has done, and let it lead you to worship Him, to surrender your life to Him, and to acknowledge Him as your Lord. Include prayers of praise and worship in your daily life, for the Lord is worthy of our praise.

“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 141:2 NKJV)

Worship Through Thanksgiving

When you think about who God is and what He has done, rejoice and be thankful to Him. Focus on the good things God has given you, especially during difficult times. Gratitude prevents you from focusing on the negative aspects of your life.

When we pay attention to what we have instead of what we lost or what we wish we had, we realize how God has taken care of us during the hard times and the good times as well. So, make a daily inventory of your life during your prayer time, be thankful, praise and worship your Heavenly Father for everything He has done.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15 KJV)

Worship Through Music

When we talk about praise and worship, most Christians often think about worship music. They picture the church building, the worship leader, the band with stringed instruments, and the whole congregation ready to sing praises to the Lord. Then comes the first notes from a jubilant song, and soon everyone is worshiping the Lord God Almighty with their hands raised high.

This is indeed a powerful way to praise and worship the Holy God. Corporate worship is important for our Christian life. But keep in mind that you can worship through music privately too. Use music in your quiet time, and let it help you connect with the Lord. So, turn up the volume and sing praises to our Good Father, raise high the name of the Lord Jesus, and exalt the Spirit of God!

“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” (Psalm 104:33 KJV)

Worship Through Remembrance

Our memory often fails us. But we cannot let that be an excuse to dismiss what our Father God has done for us. The Bible tells us what happened when the people of Israel forgot about their past, about all the good things that God had done for them. They ended up drifting away from the Lord. They worshiped idols instead of the one true God.

When we fail to remember the steadfast love of the God of the Universe, it is our most tragic loss. So, make it a personal goal to keep track and remember what God has done in your life.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:” (Psalm 103:2 KJV)

Worship Through Your Testimony

Look at your life. You will find a lot to say about God’s love, grace, and mercy. Even during hard times, we can find many reasons to praise Him. So, do not be silent about it. Jesus called us to be witnesses of Him no matter where we are (Acts 1:8).

A witness tells of what they saw or heard themselves. So tell the truth about what Jesus Christ has done for you to the people you know. Tell them about what you have seen and heard. Let them know how good our God is and everything He has done in your life.

“Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.” (Psalm 150:2 KJV)

Worship Through Serving Others

Jesus said that He came to the world not to be served but to serve. He told us to follow His example by serving and loving others as well (Mark 10:44-45). We must not use our gifts from God for our personal gain but in service for those close to us (1 Peter 4:10).

Imitating Christ and using God’s gifts and opportunities the way He wants us to are excellent ways to worship Him and show our devotion and reverence for our beloved Father. So we must get out of our comfort zones and do what pleases the Lord.

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13 NKJV)

Worship Through Your Words

Everything that we say has an impact. There is no doubt that words are powerful. We may bless or curse a person with only our words. We may heal or hurt them in just a moment, depending on what we choose to say.

So we need to be intentional and use our words wisely. First and foremost, our words need to bring glory to God (Colossians 3:17). Do your best to use your words to worship the Lord in every way, by saying words of praise to Him or by blessing other people with them in His Holy Name.

“Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.” (Psalm 71:8 KJV)

Worship Through Marveling at God’s Creation

We learn about the character of God by observing everything He created, the work of His hands. The more we know about the Universe, the more we are in awe of God’s majestic power. No matter if we look at the biggest stars in the sky or the tiniest creatures on Earth, everything shows us how amazing our God is.

Take some time every day to observe creation in its details and let it show you the glory of our awesome God. Worship the Creator of the beauty you see all around you.