God’s love language is worship. Yesterday, Pastor Stan, shared this message at Cloverhill Assembly of God. If you want to show God just how much you love Him–worship! God is an emotional God. The Bible shares that God can be angry, show pity, be merciful, take delight,…… God is not a computer or machine, or unapproachable! He desires to be in relationship with you and worship is an amazing way to connect with God. Imagine a child running to his parent desiring to be held and loved. Our arms open wide to embrace and show affection. When we, with outstretched arms, worship God, He shows up with great love and compassion. It does not mean we don’t enter worship with burdened hearts, confusion, or distracted minds, but within worship we can put all of our earthly troubles and struggles to the side and worship the One who provides a way where there seems to be no way. It’s within worship we can connect to Him and find peace. This may seem one sided but it’s not! As you read through the scriptures you will see the benefits of worshiping your Creator–He is a generous and amazing God! Worship brings healing! On your feet now! Applaud God!
Psalm 100 (The Message version)
On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
3 Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
5 For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
There are 7 different meanings (Greek and Hebrew) of “praise” in the Bible that explain this type of worship.
1. Halel—to rave, boast, celebrate, clamorously foolish
….they who seek the Lord will praise him (Psalm 22:6)
2. Yadah–to acknowledge in public
I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart (Psalm 138:1)
3. Barak–to bless by kneeling or bowing; to offer yourself to Him
Praise the Lord, o my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name (Psalm 103:1)
Romans 12:1 (The Message)–Love this translation of this verse!
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
4. Zamar–making music to God with strings
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
5. 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 (Psalms 63:3-4)
6. Towdah–to lift hands in adoration
He who offers praise glorifies me (Psalms 50:23)
7. Tehilah–exuberant singing, enthusiastically, overflowing
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips (Psalms 34:1)