A House Of Worship
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV
“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. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”” John 4:23-24 NLT
True — opposite to what is ﬁctitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretended.
Worship is a true expression of worth.
“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:37-40 NIV
✓ Halel – to rave, boast, celebrate to be clamorously foolish.
“I will thank you in front of the great assembly. I will praise you before all the people.” Psalm 35:18 NLT
✓ Yadah – to acknowledge in public with an extended hand.
“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart.” Psalm 138:1 NIV
✓ Barak – to bless by kneeling or bowing.
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Psalm 103:1 NIV
✓ Zamar – making music to God with strings.
“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1 NIV
“Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.” Psalms 150:3-5 NIV
✓ Shabach – to address in a loud tone, to shout.
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:3-4 NIV
✓ Towdah – to lift hands in adoration.
“He who offers praise gloriﬁes me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23 NIV
✓ Tehilah – exuberant singing.
“I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” Psalm 34:1 NIV
“O God, my heart is ﬁxed, I will sing and give praise (zamar), even with my glory... I will praise (yadah) Thee, O Lord among the people. And I will sing praises (tehillah) unto Thee among the nations.” Psalm 108:1,3 NIV
“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” Mark 12:28-30 NIV
Worship is love expressed.
1. “All your heart and soul” — Expressing my affection to God.
What do I love most?
2. “All your mind” — Focus my attention on God.
What do I think about most?
3. “All your strength” — Use my abilities for God.
What do I do most?
“When you come looking for me, you’ll ﬁnd me. “Yes, when you get serious about ﬁnding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:13 MSG