Worship
 

   What is “worship” to you?
The dictionary defines it like this:
Worship:  1: to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power
               2: to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion 
 
“To regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion.” Does our worship fit that description? It does not matter if the praise songs are slow and reverent or with a fast beat. What matters is what is in the heart. When we come before God in worship, God sees the heart. When we come before Him with open arms and open hearts, God has promised to transform us. In Romans 12, Paul appeals to each of us to offer our bodies as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship.
 
Worship is having an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and if your life is not lived in extreme or excessive submission to him, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life. Evaluate your expressions of worship so that through singing, declaring, and giving, you will "give to the LORD the glory he deserves … " (Ps. 96:8). The promise is that when we worship God in this way, he will come and commune with us. And above all, God will respond to your worship by making your heart more like his. Christians cannot be luke-warm, we have to be “all in” as the term says.
 
We worship God because he is God. Period. Our extravagant love and extreme submission to the Holy One flows out of the reality that God loved us first. It is highly appropriate to thank God for all the things he has done for us. However, true worship is shallow if it is solely an acknowledgement of God's wealth. Psalm 96:5-6 says, "For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary." In other words, our worship must be toward the one who is worthy simply because of his identity as the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent One, and not just because God is able to meet our needs and answer our prayers.
 
 
 
We must focus our practice of worship on the worthiness of God.
 
Think about this: Would you continue to worship God if, from this day forward, God's miraculous signs and wonders were not so profoundly evident in your life? Would God still be worthy of your worship? Or is your worship completely dependent upon the abundance of God's blessings upon your life? Do you only worship God for what he can do for you?
Because of our God's unimaginable generosity toward us, God, in all of his glory, chooses to respond to us through our worship. This is the promise—that when we worship God with extravagant love and extreme submission, God will come and commune with us. The promise is not that we will feel great or that our heavy load will be lifted, but that God will come.
Our act of “worship” is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. Where is God on your list?
 
  God Bless,
James Bost