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This Is Why We Worship

We are commanded to worship God, but it must be in spirit and in truth (Matthew 4:10)

The word "worship" comes from the Greek word "proskuneo,” it means to prostrate one's self, or to make one's self low. It also means to reverence and adore.

The deepest form of worship is praise and adoration to God for what He is. There are "no strings attached" to this kind of worship.

Ephesians 5:15-20
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Be filled with the Spirit.
Make music in your heart, not how good your voice is or the background music.
Reviving the spirit within you.
Give thanks and make music with your heart.
God wants to see, feel and experience that music in the heart.

Colossians 3:15-17
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

We sing to one another and to God.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts (Col 3:16)

Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:19)

Maybe We Approach the Service Like…
-Song Leaders (Performers)
-Members (Audience)
-Friends (Audience)

Instead We Can Approach the Service Like…
God (Audience)
Members (Performers)
Song Leaders (Directors)
Friends (Witness)

The word "praise" as found in the Bible was translated from seven different words, six of them Hebrew, and the other New Testament word is Greek.

1. yadah: to revere or worship with extended hand
2. halal: to shine, to make a show, to boast, to rave, to commend, glory
3. tehillah: to sing a hymn of praise
4. zamar: to make music, to praise with song and music, sing forth praises
5. towdah: worship and adoration with extension of hands, especially a choir of worshippers
6. shabach: to praise with a loud voice
7. ainesis: the act of praising God, an offering of praise