Monday Devotion: The Discipline of Worship

Reading Notes

Worship is to experience the presence of God in the midst of the gathered believing community.

Worship is the human response to the divine initiative.

Our spirit must be ignited by the divine fire during worship.

We worship God for what he has done for us.

Worship is the first divine priority to service.

The Holy Spirit dominates our way of living to affect the public worship for transformation.

God calls us for worship that involves our whole being – body as well as the mind and the spirit.

Authentic worship enables us to hear the call to service and impels us to join the spiritual warfare of the Lamb.

Reflection on Worship

Worship is an expression of our gratitude and thankfulness to God from the inside of the heart for what God has done for us. Moreover, it is a form of praise in his honor for his goodness and faithfulness. We worship God in different styles with different music. Some prefer reading devotional writings from inspirational writers. Others turned their radios on or surf the net for morning devotions. Some people like to worship God very quietly whereas some are very expressive. Churches do not subscribe to one particular kind of worship. In the ancient time, worshiping God for Hebrews include all in all (Deut. 6:4-9). They would prostate to the ground while worshiping. In his book Screwtape, C.S. Lewis also also stresses maintaining physical posture while worshiping. This makes sense too, when we reflect on our modesty toward our significant one or respectable leader or teacher. When we stand before a civil officer or present ourselves in the court room, we tend to be very polite and show much respect to the judge. The same way, we might even prostate or kneel down before God, the Ruler and Judge while we worship Him. But, physical posture should not be the center of our worship. The foremost agenda of our worship should be genuine.

A Light for the Path

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24

Indeed, God is spirit, so we cannot touch and see God in his physical form. Spirit has no form and outer appearance but it is not remote from body. It is still a being. When Jesus said that God is spirit, he was talking about divinity as a whole – a divine person who has divine perfection: love, power, mercy, grace, patience, faithfulness, righteousness, and holiness. The reference of worshiping him must be suitable to his nature. That is why Jesus said that those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth without any pretense. In addition, worship God in true spiritual act of worship in love, faith, and hope. As Deuteronomy 6:4-9  teaches that worship is appropriately physical and emotional that should include our body as well as mind and spirit.


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