The essence of our worship is not when we worship, or where we worship, or even how we worship, but Whom we worship. We all worship something; the question we should ask is, “Are we worshipping the Creator or something of His creation?” We are all worshippers, created to bring pleasure and glory to the God who made us. God desires the praise of our lips, that springs from hearts and lives that are consecrated to Him.
Psalm 51 says: “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Before our ministry has the power of the Holy Spirit, our people must have the desire to earnestly go deeper in holiness with God.
Characteristics that make worship EXTRAORDINARY…
- Worship is a verb. Everyone in attendance should actively participate.
- Corporate worship culminates from our individual worship.
- When we worship, we should take our eyes off ourselves and focus our attention on Him.
- Worship is a two-way communication. We speak to God and He ministers to us through the Holy Spirit.
Worship is about transformation and change. When we come into God’s presence we recognize His holiness and our sinfulness. We humble ourselves, confess our sins, and receive God’s forgiveness. Worship renews us, restores us, and empowers us to witness for Him. The Great Commandment says, “Love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).