Different Ways to Worship the Great God

Biblestudy.org | But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. –John 4:23

The first thing we need to consider, before we begin to worship God, is our attitude. Jesus told the woman at the well, recorded in John 4, something profound in this regard. He states that those who wish to worship the Father must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Many scriptures command that we reverence God such as Genesis 35:1, Exodus 15:1, 1Chronicles 16:29, Haggai 1:8, Mark 1:44 among several others. There are at least seven types or ways, according to the Bible, we can worship our loving Creator.

We can worship our Creator through a grateful declaration of praise, either in public or private. This declaration can also be made through prayer (Ephesians 5:20).

A very special praise and thanking to the Lord took place when Solomon completed the temple, with voices and many instruments of music praising the God of heaven (2Chronicles 5:13).
Joyful Songs
We can worship our Maker through songs like the Psalms. King David especially called on people to make a joyful shout to the Lord and to come before him with singing on our lips (Psalm 100:1 – 2, see also James 5:13 and Colossians 3:16).

Dancing
King David not only offered sacrifices to God when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem, he also danced as a form of worship (1Samuel 6:12 – 14)! There was dancing for joy when the sea, through a miracle, killed Pharaoh and his army as they were pursuing the fleeing children of Israel (Exodus 15:20 – 21).

Observing annual feast days
Jesus observed the Feast of Passover during his entire ministry (Matthew 26:17). He also faithfully kept, as his disciples and family did, the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:2, 10). The disciples even worshipped by keeping the Day of Pentecost after Jesus had died and rose from the grave (Acts 2:1).

Cheerful help to others
God especially loves those who help others not grudgingly or of necessity but out of a willing heart of service and love(2Corinthians 9:7, 8:1 – 2, Acts 2:44 – 45).

Using our spiritual gifts
We can, in a very real sense, worship God by using the natural and supernatural-given gifts he gave us to serve as many people as we can (1Corinthians 12:1, 4 – 7, see also Ephesians 4:7, 11 – 13, 15 – 16).

Be a living sacrifice
We can worship God by being a living sacrifice, meaning that we dedicate our entire lives to serving him and being a blessing for others!

So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1)

May you be richly blessed as you worship Him in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).



How does God give spiritual gifts? Will God give me the gifts I ask for?

by Got Questions | An overview of these chapters reveals that the apostle Paul taught love was the most excellent way that all believers were to seek. In addition to love, God gives spiritual gifts to help one another in the church and to reach those outside of the church (image: Pixabay – Dove hand trust).

It is clear each believer has at least one spiritual gift. First Corinthians 12:6-7 notes, “there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

This same passage teaches spiritual gifts are given for the common good. In other words, gifts are shared according to what best helps the larger body of Christ rather than for the self-improvement of the individual. Spiritual gifts are given to use for serving others.

No one has every spiritual gift. First Corinthians 12:8-11 notes that one person is given a certain gift, and another person is given a different gift. A believer may have more than one spiritual gift, but no believer has every gift.

How does God decide which gift to give? Will God give me the gifts I want? First Corinthians 12:31 states, “But earnestly desire the higher gifts.” Does this mean I should seek out additional gifts?

The answer is found in part in the verses that follow 1 Corinthians 12:31. Paul notes, “And I will show you a still more excellent way” to conclude chapter 12, followed by a chapter on love in 1 Corinthians 13. First Corinthians 14 then discusses prophecy and speaking in tongues (or languages) as two important gifts because of their ability to reach unbelievers and help believers grow.

An overview of these chapters reveals that the apostle Paul taught love was the most excellent way that all believers were to seek. In addition to love, God gives spiritual gifts to help one another in the church and to reach those outside of the church. He concludes with, “But all things should be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). Both showing genuine Christian love and the practice of spiritual gifts together in church gatherings are to take place with respect and order that honors God and helps others.

One final note also provides a profound look at God’s care in designing us with certain gifts and abilities. When God called the prophet Jeremiah to serve Him, He said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Though this passage was written specifically to Jeremiah, God prepared us before we were born to serve Him in a particular way as well (see Psalm 139 and Ephesians 2:10). We need not compare our gifts or abilities to those of others. We are called to grow in love and to serve according to His will with the abilities He has given us.