Worship and Confession
We can’t approach God without confessing our sins. Confession allows us to live in the amazing grace of God found in the forgiveness granted to us through the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:9-10; Philippians 2:9-11). As we enter into the presence of God, He will show us our unconfessed sin and give us the confidence to confess (Isaiah 6:5-6).
What is Worship?
True Christian worship is to both honor and obey God, to be extravagantly loving (Psalm 86:9; Psalm 95:6), and to have extreme submission (1 Samuel 15:22; John 4:23; Romans 12:1) to his Word and Will.
Worship is offering our lives as an act of respect and love to God. It is a willingness to exalt God and yield to His Will (Psalm 145). We can never comprehend all that God is, but the more we worship Him and the more we love to worship Him with every breath, He reveals Himself to us (Revelation 5:9-14).
Worship is an expression of our awe and praise for who He is (Psalm 149); it is giving to the Lord the honor and glory He deserves 24/7.
Worship is not something we do occasionally as a ritual; it is something we need to do continually. It is the way we can express how we love Him more than anything else in life. True worship is not only confined to singing in a church building—it is the continual, heartfelt acknowledgment of God and of all His power and glory in every routine thing we do.
True worship comes out of knowing God and His good and glorious nature (Acts 17:23). Worship is a life of giving (2 Corinthians 9:7-15); we give our lives, time, and finances. We need to always remember that we are called to worship God with our every action and with every day of our lives.
Why is Worship so important?
We are created to worship God, and He is worthy of being worshipped (Revelation 4:8-11). Worship is an expression of submission and respect toward God who is holy, loving, and worthy of all of our devotion (Psalm 95:1-2; Psalm 96:1-3). Our heart’s desire should be to worship God since we have been designed by Him for this purpose. God alone is worthy of our devotion, praise, and worship. He is God, our Creator, and we are commanded to praise and worship Him (Psalm 96:9; Psalm 29:2; Matthew 4:10).
A life of praise and worship fills our deepest needs and, amazingly, it also brings great joy to God and growth to us as worshippers. “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Our true relationship with God is expressed and shown in our worship of Him. It’s our expression of His worthiness. We should not worship God in expectation of something in return, but rather as an expression of our love for Him. Such worship is reserved only for God. Only God is worthy of being worshipped, not any of His servants (Revelation 19:10). When we worship God, we are joining all of the creatures worshipping Him (Revelation 7:9-11); if we are not worshipping God, we are worshipping something or someone else.
Worship and its Outcome
While we do not worship God for something in return, it is still helpful to know what does happen when we worship God. In Psalm 95:1-7 and Psalm 96:1-13, we read an invitation to “come to worship and bow down” to our God. There are many songs that call us to worship, and this Psalm is a message for the people of God to come to worship; such songs direct us to God. They are expressions of love, adoration, praise, rejoicing, celebration, petition, intercession, and confession from one’s heart. We praise God for who He is through music as well as through prayer. Being in God’s presence stimulates our hearts and minds, making us want to praise Him for the deeds He has done, for how He has moved in history, and for His character and attributes (Revelation 4:11; Revelation 5:9-16; Revelation 11:16). His presence also moves us to confess our sins.
God can change the world through people who truly worship. Most of the time, revival is a by-product of worship and confession; we should always worship God expecting the Spirit of God to work in and through us. He moves in different ways—sometimes for salvation, sometimes for deliverance, sometimes for sanctification or healing. As we worship Him, He also visits us through prophetic gifts. To experience these outcomes as we worship, we must open our ears to listen and open our eyes to see what God is going to do (Acts 13:2, Acts 16:25-26).
What is the right way to Worship?
There is no one specific way to worship God. The Old and New Testaments describe many ways of worship. Praising God in worship involves our whole being, spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; John 4:24; Psalm 103:1-5; Psalm 95:6; Psalm 150:1-6). Singing, playing musical instruments, dancing, kneeling, bowing down, and lifting hands are some of the forms of prayer and praise. “We need to present our bodies to God in worship in a posture consistent with the inner spirit in worship” (Romans 12:1).
We can express our worship through physical and emotional expression that results in dance and body movement. This is an appropriate response to God as long as the focal point is on true celebration in the Lord rather than on the dance itself. Intimacy causes us to meditate, even as we are singing, on our relationship with the Lord. God might call to our minds our failures in life which can lead us to the confession of sin. Tears may flow as we see our disharmony but His harmony; our unfaithfulness but His faithfulness; our limitations but His unlimited possibilities.
What would it mean for you to live a life of worship and confession?
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