I think it is rare today to find true worship of God. Our lives have become so caught up in worldly ways that it is hard to know how much time we really spend worshipping God. When I say this, I mean spending time with Him, coming into His presence, bowing down to Him and showing Him the reverence He deserves, telling Him how much we adore Him. I think this is largely lost today. Worship is different from praise in that when we worship, we lift up our spirit to the Lord and He meets with us in spirit. It takes us out of ourselves and we meet Him in spirit. As it says in the above verses, “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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” This is not a quick prayer where we tell God how much we love Him and praise Him, but it is a time where our whole spirit is lifted up to Him and we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. This gives us our joy, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psa. 16:11) I found this article on the internet very helpful on this subject and it is worth reading. Why Is Worship So Important? (The King’s High Way Ministries (kingshighway.org)
The world can be a very enticing place and because of this we always have to be on guard of what we are thinking and also what we are worshipping. Are we worshipping the things of the world or are we worshipping the Lord, our creator, and comforter in these times of great turmoil? One song I like and often play when I am driving in the car is this song, The Beauty of Holiness – Steve Camp – YouTube. These are the words and I think they are perfect for worshipping the Lord, “We worship you, Lord In the beauty of holiness, Clothed in Your righteousness, Cleansed by Your blood, Broken we come Humbly before You, We love and adore You, For You are the Lord, You are Holy, just and pure And we love You as our Lord.”. There are also great hymns such as “How Great Thou Art”, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, “I Surrender All”, “Praise To The Lord”, “Praise My Soul, The King of Heaven”, so many beautiful hymns of worship to our God and Saviour. It has been said that through singing hymns you are worshipping God, and this takes you out of your own thoughts and into the thoughts of God through the words you are singing. This praises Him but also changes us on the inside, as we worship Him. A lot of good Christian songs focus more on us crying out to God for forgiveness and repentance and of course, this is good, but worship is not about us, it is about our Lord and how great He is, He is Holy. It changes us from within and because by continually worshipping Him, we feel His presence all the time and this helps us deal with all the problems of the world. We have complete faith and trust in Him. I believe this faith and trust in our Holy God is somewhat lacking today and perhaps that is because we are not acknowledging who He really is and how great and Holy He is. I must say it is very powerful when you are in church and the congregation and choir are all singing one of these lovely hymns. It’s like God’s spirit is there as we sing and worship Him. Unfortunately, we cannot all go to a church, but playing any of these wonderful hymns at home can lift up you spirit to the Lord.
Here are two final verses to show that we must worship God. It is for our own benefit and for His glory. “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.” (2 Chron. 20:17-19). Also, this one from the very end of the Bible, “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” (Rev. 22:8-10).
Worship God only!