The Bible, from its beginning to its close, is an open invitation to all humanity to worship the only true and living God. The coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was that we might know the nature of God and give Him our hearts and lives in worship and service. Psalm 95:6-7 makes such an invitation, “O come, let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand…”

The psalmist invites all of us to recognize and respond to the true and living God by worshiping Him with minds and hearts. Because we are made in His image and likeness, we are worshipers. We worship because we were made to worship. We were made with a God-shaped vacuum within our hearts that only the true God, can satisfy. And if or when we do not worship Him as the true God, then we become worshipers of false gods and become idolaters. The object of our worship is that which we consider to be of the utmost and supreme worth.

It behooves us to put forth effort to worship God in spirit and truth if we are to bring our will into harmony with His will. We must bow down before Him in confession of sin if we are to experience the joy of forgiveness and cleansing and release from the effect of guilt. We must humble ourselves before Him in order to receive new commissions for the living of responsible lives.

Truly Godly worship exudes at least three essential elements: adoration of God, communion with God, and dedication to God. We can only express these elements by looking and responding to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. For only in Him can we find the truth about God, the way to worship and serve Him, and the life that God is so eager to give to those who come unto Him in spirit and truth.

We as worshipers are called to recognize and respond to the very presence of God. We must recognize that He is God, the One who made us and not we ourselves and thus honor Him as He reveals Himself to us through Scripture, song, sermon, and the praises of fellow saints.

With mind, heart, energy and time, let us come before the Lord with praises and thanksgiving in recognition of His great and wonderful purposes for our lives. Whether by ourselves and in the worship service, we must offer ourselves to Him for the doing of His will.

“O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods.” (Psalm 95:3)                                                                                                                         Elder Al Ware