KEY SCRIPTURE; John 4:21 KJV “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.”
When the Samaritan woman came to terms with who Jesus was, as well as the message Jesus was trying to communicate to her, she started talking about the Jew’s view about the appropriate place of worship. The Lord answered her by figuratively correcting her error about what worship is. Many people even now still do not understand what worshipping the Lord is. Many thinks worship is playing songs of praise in a slow mode. Others associate with the processes of observing a Christian service. This has made many to confine worship to some particular location. They say this is where we hold our worship.
What is worship? Worship is a practical or a demonstration of your praise unto God. In praises, we sing or talk about God’s greatness, power and His exaltation. In worship we act out these things. It is expressing one’s praise, by certain actions. In bowing to Him, we are saying in a practical way that He is very great.
Worship is any form of demonstrating our praises unto God. Let’s consider Rom 12:1 from the International standard Version of the bible.” I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. By this verse we see worship as everything we do to honour God our father. Even sweeping in the house of God or anywhere, could be an act of worship
Worship in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word ‘Shackhah’, which means to bow down. Bowing down is a demonstration of your praise. Again, a more extensive meaning of worship, as seen in Rom 12:1 refers to everything we do to honor God. Worship unto the Lord must be done with a pureness of heart. Any act of worship without the purity of heart is no worship in the first place. Psalms 29:2 KJV” Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
Some acts of worship, involves dancing, clapping, bowing.2Sa 6:14 KJV “And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” Worshipping is therefore not limited to one particular location. It can and must be done anywhere and at any time. The whole lifestyle of a Christian is an act of praise unto God. We show that in all we do, yet when we come together as a body we demonstrate it through joyful jubilation in dancing, bowing down and any more.
THOUGHT: TRUE WORSHIP IS HEAVEN’S PROTOCOL TO ACCESS ALL THAT GOĎ HAS FOR US.
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.”
Gen 24:26 KJV “And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.”
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Could it be that internet outreach facilitates our “worship in the spirit”?