This is Part 1 of our Bible Studies about worshiping the Lord. Worshiping the Lord draws us closer to Him. God created the world we live in, He created mankind, animals, birds, the sun, the moon, the oceans, and everything in the world. He breathed life into us, He sent His only Son to die for our sins and the Holy Ghost to live inside of us to guide and teach us all things. He is not just a King but He is the Most High and deserves to be worshiped by us and to be served by us.
It is very important to worship the Lord daily to show Him how much we love Him. Throughout history people bowed down to Kings, Queens and royalty as a sign of respect and loyalty, surely this is the least we can do, to show God that we are loyal and respect Him. King David set an example, when he worshiped by bowing down and kneeling before the Lord. King David encouraged people to worship the Lord who made us, teaching that He is our God and we are His people, he also told people to soften their hearts to God and to listen and hear the Lord's voice.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.Psalms 95:6
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice, Psalms 95:7
harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Psalms 95:8
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem Isaiah 27:13
In biblical times, it was not uncommon to see people worshiping the Lord from the roofs of their homes. As described in Zephaniah, the word of the Lord came unto Zeph-a-ni'ah and he mentioned those who worship the Lord on rooftops during His warning.
And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham; Zephaniah 1:5
The Devil tried three times to get Jesus to worship him but Jesus was not even tempted by the devil's offers. During this altercation Jesus revealed a way to keep the devil away. Obviously, worshiping the Lord is of extreme importance because even the devil felt it was important enough to try to tempt Jesus with it, three times, he tempted him and on the third time he tried to get Jesus to worship him instead of God the Father.
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Matthew 4:9
Of course, Jesus sent the devil away, rebuked him with scripture, clearly telling him that the Lord is the only one to be worshiped and served.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10
Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Matthew 4:11
Who are we to worship? The apostle Paul taught that we are to worship God who made the world and only Him. We are not to worship idols made with men's hands. Paul stood on Mars' hill and told the men of Athens, they were too superstitious because they worshiped an unknown god. He proclaimed that God made the world and we should worship only Him.
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an alter with the inscription, To the Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you . Acts 17:23
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Acts 17: 24
Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:25
We are to worship God and believe all things written in the law and by the prophets:
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets; Acts 24:14
Be hopeful toward God, believing that there will be a resurrection of the dead:
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both the just and the unjust. Acts 24:15
We need to worship God in the spirit and have great delight and joy in Christ Jesus. In Philippians Christians are referred to as the circumcision which is symbolic as a token of the covenant made between Abraham and God with Jewish males. However, in the New Testament it is identified more as a circumcision of the heart, separating us from the sinful filth of the world when we believe in Christ Jesus and are saved.
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Phil. 3:3
It is important to give glory to God, fear Him, and worship Him in public or privately. God created us, the breath we breathe came from Him, everything natural that exists is because He made it. Surely, this makes Him worthy for us to bow down and worship Him with a loud voice, to give Him the honor He deserves for we would not exist without Him.
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Revelations 14:7
Worshiping the Lord, lets Him know how much you love and adore Him and doing this not only brings us closer to Him but it has several other benefits which is further explained in Worshiping the Lord Part 2. After watching the video below, click the button below the video to see part 2 of this Bible Study.
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