Why do we worship?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? There are 400 mentions of worship and 50 commands to sing in the Bible. Worship is one of the spiritual practices that we see both in the Old Testament and continued into the New Testament. Worship is part of our spiritual life with Jesus.
There are various styles of worship ranging from traditional to more contemporary. Unfortunately, worship has sometimes even been weaponized within the church in the debate over use of musical instruments or musical styles. Some of us may even be guilty of using worship music like coffee, for a caffeine jolt, before the message in a Sunday morning service. But there’s no denying that music and worship has the power to influence us in a very deep way.
There are seven unique words for worship in the Old Testament that give us a bigger picture of how God wants us to worship.
- Halal: to boast foolishly.
- Thillah: to worship with song.
- Zamar: to worship with instruments.
- Hallelujah: to call for corporate praise.
- Yodah: to lift your arms in praise and surrender.
- Todah: to sing in harmony with others.
- Sabah: to feel God’s hold on us.
Does one one of those stand out to you? Is there one that opens your eyes to a new aspect of what worship could be? There are 3 benefits we can receive when we surrender in worship.
We remember the character of God.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.
We release His power in us.
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”
–Acts 16:22-26 NLT
We resist the enemy’s work in our lives.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
– James 4:7 NIV
And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.
– 1 Samuel 16:23 NLT
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