Dr. Jeff reminded us Sunday that authentic worship is more than a song; it’s a lifestyle. It is how we express our love to God in everyday life for all He has done for us. The Great God of the universe loved us so much He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Hallelujah!

We are all worshippers. Worship is simply our response to something we value; a job, a dream, a team, or a person. So how do we know what we are worshipping? Just look at how you spend your time and your money. Take a moment now to evaluate your life. This will tell you what is most important and ultimately what or who you worship. We are created “for Him”; for His pleasure and to give Him glory. (Colossians 1:16)

Take just a moment to think about the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea. Can you imagine the glorious feeling of knowing that God had rescued them? They had seen the very hand of God at work. They experienced His glory and power. Their response was not a half-hearted praise or a ho-hum reaction. They burst out in praise! 

Oh Lord, no other gods compare with You—Majestic and Holy!” Exodus 15:11

Authentic worship is not about the place, but the heart

Dr. Jeff reminded us that God’s Word says we are to worship in Spirit and Truth.

Spirit – with the right heart; passionately

Truth – the truth of God’s Word 

“A time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.” John 4:23 

Authentic worship is not defined by style

As Dr. Jeff also reminded us Sunday, worship music is not defined by a style of music, but by the lyrics. People worship differently all over the world. Heaven will be full of people from all nations who worship in many different styles and forms.

Authentic worship requires a response

God speaks and we should respond. We need to have an open heart to hear Him speak. As we listen to God speak to our hearts, He will reveal His love for us. We then can express our love to Him through Bible study, singing, praying, serving, and community. 

Authentic worship is not about us

Worship is about God. Our audience of One.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23 

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory.” Psalm 115:1

Authentic worship is a calling

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Authentic worship is a continual lifestyle 

“Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His Name.” Hebrews 13:15

In closing, one of the key verses in the Bible about worship is Col. 3:16.

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, with all thankfulness to the Lord.”

Psalms (songs) – Actually singing God’s Word.

Hymns – Songs based on the Truth of God’s Word. This teaches doctrine. 

Spiritual songs – An expression of praise and thanksgiving. A testimony of what Christ has done for us. As we hide His Word in our heart, it prepares us for battle. This is why the songs we sing are so important. They must be based on biblical truth because we reflect upon and remember them throughout the week.

The greatest act of authentic worship you could ever express is to love Jesus Christ with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to walk in obedience to His Word. My prayer is that we as a church and followers of Christ would be passionate worshippers in all we do every day!

Keith McGee

February 27, 2018