The inner and outer principles of worship include praise, serve, fear the Lord and more. But worship is more than external works it also involves the right internal attitude. In order to move forward we must know what the word worship means.
How is worship defined?
worship -..worth-ship, worthiness, honour…. the performance of devotional acts to a deity; adoration, religious exercises; submissive respect; reverance; unbounded admiration; admiring devotion (English Dictionary)
Let’s Look At 2 Principles of Worship
The First Principles Of Worship Is Our Inner Attitude
Matthew 15:8 KJV This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Jesus says, lip service praise is worthless worship. External displays of worship absent of the right heart attitude amounts to nothing. The lips can only speak what is in the heart (Matthew 12:34).
John 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
We must be born again by the Holy Spirit (John 3) before we can worship in spirit and in truth. The woman worshipped but what was wrong with their worship? Jesus tells her she doesn’t know what she is worshipping (John 4:22). What she needed was the truth. We worship God in truth when we know the God we are worshipping. Which includes complete devotion and affection in the heart.
1 Samuel 12:24 KJV Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
The Second Principles Of Worship Is Our Outer Acts
Romans 12:1 KJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we believe God is worthy of our complete devotion we will offer our life to Him. This is acceptable worship. The goal of our life is now to finish our race (2 Timothy 4:7).
Hebrews 13:15 KJV 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. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Once again we see worship includes sacrifice, praise, speech, and acts. We do not sacrifice anything for anyone unless we think they are worthy. How is God worthy? We are full of gratitude for who God is. Worship is continually praising God in good times, in bad times, or times of great suffering.
We should follow Jesus example for He lived with one focus.
John 6:38 KJV For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Worshipping In Spirit and In Truth
True worship of the Triune God is lost today. Most professing Christians have no idea what God’s will is. They are taught God makes their wishes come true. But for those who seek to know God and worship Him in spirit and truth the bible says:
Matthew 6:19 KJV Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Ask, what does your heart value above everything. Is God your treasure above all treasures?
Psalm 27:4, describes the worshipping heart. It is the heart that has one desire. The desire to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord forever. A heart that is longing for Christ to return for His bride to live with Him eternally.