Pressing On: A Biblical Definition of Worship Part II

Last Wednesday we began looking at a Biblical Definition of Worship. We spent some time addressing a problem many believers face. We tend to confine worship to a specific time on Sunday mornings instead of obeying Paul’s command in 1 Corinthians 10:31- “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God.”

A.W. Tozer makes a sobering observation of our worship: “If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week.”

How can we cultivate worship in our lives every day?

Scripture Memorization:
If we want to exalt God in our daily lives we must do more than just read His word. We must, as the psalmist says, store it in our hearts.

The Psalms are a great place to start in scripture memorization, especially with respect to personal worship. Take Psalm 63:1 for example. It is the heart-cry of a true worshipper:

‘O God, you are my God’ earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.’

We need to remember that we’re not just trying to be more spiritual. We are waging war against our flesh. We are fighting against our wicked hearts that long to worship lesser things. We must arm ourselves with the Sword of the Spirit; the Word of God.

Put Good Worship Music on Your Ipod:
Or whatever you use to listen to music. I want to emphasize the word good here. I’m speaking in terms of lyrics. Test the songs against the Scriptures. Make sure the songs are biblical.

Rain City Hymnal: A Free Hymn CD from various worship bands of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.

Indelible Grace: A great ministry that is constantly resurrecting rare hymns and setting them to new music. Download Matthew Smith’s Free Hymns CD HERE and more free songs HERE.

NewBranch Worship- Heart and Hymn: Hymns we sing at our worship services as well as a few original songs.

Sojourn: Great music from Sojourn Community Church in Louisville.

Sovereign Grace Music: A Worship Ministry lead by Bob Kauflin and others from Sovereign Grace.

Study Worship:
Part of our misunderstanding of worship is that many of us have been conditioned by a churchy upbringing instead of a biblical one. When we begin to study what God’s word says about worship, we will see that it takes the whole believer.

Some resources for study include:

Worship God 09 Conference Audio FREE
Sermons on Worship by John Piper FREE
The Unquenchable Worshipper by Matt Redman
Gospel Worship by Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
More Precious Than Gold: 50 Daily Meditations on the Psalms by Sam Storms

We must remember that our worship is made genuine by the cross of Christ alone. If we go on from here and read, memorize, sing and study without resting in the grace of God on the cross, we fail to worship. As you apply these things to your life remember that He has purchased you by His blood. You are His forever. Now, pursue Christ-likeness for His glory.

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One thought on “Pressing On: A Biblical Definition of Worship Part II

  1. Powerful. The truth in this in hard to take. We as Christians seem to have fallen into lull where we set God on a shelf for every day of the week and take Him down on Sundays. To quote Kieth Green, “If you can’t come to me every day, don’t bither coming at all.”

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