REACTING TO GOD’S PRESENCE

LIVING WITH PURPOSE

Jesus told us that we must worship. It has been said there are four necessities in life: air, water, food and sleep, without which we die. The one basic necessity God has given us to sustain our spiritual life, is worship. The two greatest ‘musts’ ever written in literature are those of John 3:7, “… you must be born again” and John 4:24, “…they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The consequence of disobeying the first command is eternally devastating and the consequence of disobeying the second is spiritually debilitating. We cannot afford not to worship, especially in the light of the fact that Jesus said, we must.

NEW & OLD CONCEPTS OF WORSHIP

The most commonly used Hebrew word for ‘worship’ is SHACHAH! (Strong’s Concordance 7812) From this root we have the meaning of a pit or well, a deep cistern, a place where you can go lower down, or sink in. Their worship was often demonstrated by a prostration, bowing down, falling on their knees with their foreheads touching the ground in reverence. The Old Testament worshiper had a simple response to God’s presence by taking the lowest physical position. This was the normal reaction to the presence of God and unlike praise; it required little action, noise or demonstration. Generally speaking however, the Old Testament saints worshiped from a distance because no one had personal access to God, except for the High Priest. (Hebrews 9:7-8) They had no real concept of intimacy with God until Jesus gave the Samaritan woman the revelation that God wanted to be worshiped, as our Heavenly Father. (John 4:23)

DRAWING CLOSE TO HIM

The most commonly used Greek word for worship is ‘PROSKUNEO’! and is formed from the prefix ‘PROS’ meaning ‘in front of someone or in the direction of someone,’ and the verb ‘KUNEO’ means ‘to kiss.’ It is defined as a prostration, falling down to one’s knees, to worship, adore, revere, to move towards with the intention to kiss. The New Testament concept of worship, involves movement by drawing close to Him and being intimate. Jesus moved the veil of access to God so that we could boldly and confidently enter into His presence with an honest and sincere heart. (Hebrews 10:19-22, Ephesians 3:12) The veil was removed, and now the invitation is face-to-face worship with our Father God.

Even in the Old Testament God revealed the intimacy He longed for and allowed men such as Moses and David to experience Him in a very intimate personal way, face to face. (Exodus 33:11) King David knew that God had a purpose for his life and the only way it could be fulfilled was to keep God before His face, day and night.

I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8).

FACE TO FACE

God wants you to have face-to-face worship with Him. Nothing else will satisfy the heart of the seeking Heavenly Father. God initiated His love toward us; He moved toward us first because He is love. (1 John 4:10) It was God’s love that found us and freed us. Worship is now our move toward God, expressing our love to Him for finding us and freeing us. Worship is our reaction to His act of love. The more we know of God’s love, the more we will want to worship. The essence of fellowship is the continual flow of love that we receive from God and the continual flow of worship that God receives from us. We can never worship too much as a response to His infinite love (1 John 4:10).

Worship is the most exciting place to be, for in it we find the Father who has been searching for us. In this place of intimate knowledge, being exchanged between two lovers, we hear what He is saying to us, His plans and purpose for our lives.

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]