Worship means to bow down, to humble, asking nothing but praising, worthiness on the part of the God who receives praises. Worship is an act of paying reverence and honor to God – asking nothing from God, occupied and satisfied with Him alone. In the act of worship, God communicates His presence to His people. Worship is a simply the adoring satisfaction of - God as He has been pleased to reveal Himself in His Son Jesus, in Psalms, in the other scripture and revealing Himself in us. Worship flows from love – where love is meager, worship will be scant – where love is deep, worship will overflow – we experience a deepening intimacy of communion with God - Mutual love and confidence is the key to intimacy – Intimacy with God is the outcome of deep desire – Worshiper experiences - a new intimacy with God while worshiping from deep within the heart - and realizes a growing intimacy arose out of a deepening revelation of the divine character of God. In worship God must occupy the supreme place. True, we should worship God for the great things He has done for us, but our worship reaches much higher level when we worship Him simply and solely for what He is, for the excellences and perfections of His being. Worship is bowing of our inner spirit before God in deepest humility and reverence. “My soul, wait in silence for God only” – is the deepest feeling often cannot find adequate expression in words, like – between intimate friends there can be comfortable silence. There are times when words are unnecessary, so in communication with God too. Sometimes we are awed into silence in the presence of the Eternal God. Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner, a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe, and astonished wonder and over powering love in the presence of, that most ancient Spirit who was hovering over the waters, the first cause of creation, whom we call ‘OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN’. Worship must occupy only God but not our urgent needs. “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever”. “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving – kindness and truth, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin. Yet He will be no means leave the guilty unpunished”. “How wonderful and beautiful the sight of my God’s presence. Endless wisdom, boundless power and awesome purity and holiness, with deepest fears and trembling hope I worship thee with confessing and repenting tears". Only to sit and think of God, oh, what a joy it is. To think of Him, to breathe His name, to lie before His throne and gaze the glory of the Father – there is no higher happiness than this. Worship flows from love, but there will be a little bit selfishness even in love, but worship reaches a much higher level where we experience selflessness. A single word can enclose a wealth of worship. When Mary was weeping at the tomb of Jesus, Jesus said ‘Mary’. She turned and said to Him ‘Rabboni’. In that single word was compressed all the reverent worship of a devoted friend and follower. When we see the wonders of His creation and of my God, my heart overflows; I worship my creator along with heavens and vast universe for His infinite power of wisdom, beauty and orderliness. When we worship, we exalt His sovereignty, truth, holiness, wisdom, love, faithfulness, patience and mercy. Not all of us find it easy to express our deepest feelings or to utter our love to God. God has given the church gifted Hymn writers to help His less gifted children to pour out their worship and praise and take words of Hymns and make them their own. Much of the public worship is ritual without reality, form without power, religion without God. Worship services should not be ill prepared, should not be mechanical and dull. Our thoughts of God are not great enough. We fail to consider the reality of His limitless wisdom and power. Because we ourselves are limited and weak, we imagine that at some points God is too, and find it hard to believe that He is not limited and weak. The closer we draw to God, the more we are awed by His greatness and majesty. The only way we get closer to God is worship. When prophet Isaiah said, “Woe is I, for I am ruined. Because I am a man of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts”. – The Lord graciously cleansed him, draw him into a closer intimacy than he had ever before experienced, and entrusted him with amazing insight into the divine character. The sequence is natural. Cleanness of heart brings clearness of vision. Only the pure in heart see God and have the vision of God, and for that, cleansing is essential. God needs neither the advice nor the aid of man in running His universe. Mighty mountains are like specks of dust in His scales. So powerful are His arms, that they effortlessly hold the scales in which lie the loftiest mountains. God needs no assistance from any external source. His knowledge is self – derived. He foresees all, He knows all, He knows what is next move will be. His wisdom is unreachable. ‘ To whom you will link God? What likeness will you compare with Him? He is solitary. He is unique in every aspect of His nature. All nations are regarded as nothing and meaningless before Him. He lifts up the islands like fine dust. God sees and controls the whole universe. God stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them like a tent to dwell in. The inhabitants of earth are like grasshoppers. God calls all stars by their names… not one of them is missing. He is the High and Exalted one who lives forever, whose name is HOLY. He is Majestic in His Eternal unchangeableness. What adequate and worthy response can we make to a God so great, so Holy and, so Supreme? Our debt to Him is so great that no possible sacrifice would be too great to make for Him, since sacrifice is – “the joy of the giving the best we have to the one we love the most”. Admission into fellowship with God through worship, in spite of sins discovered and confessed, is the essence of forgiveness. With the personal relationship - with which sin has broken, “welcome replaces expel, favor cancels condemnation, and the flaming sword will be lowered”. And we will be having access by faith, into this grace where in we stand. God did not walk in the direction Enoch was going. Enoch had to make a break with his Godless current trend and walk in the direction God was going. And God always moves along the highway of Holiness. God and Enoch found in each other mutual company. Provision is made for cleansing so deep, so radical, so continuous that a believer can walk with God in unbroken communion and deepening fellowship. Upon believing in God, we are justified from all things. Our sins are forgiven and we are remembered. That forgiveness is granted in response to true repentance and confession. Because our guilt and penalty were borne by Jesus on the cross, we will never come into judgment for them. A provision is made for us through Jesus not to pay penalty, because Jesus has already paid penalty for us. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing”, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever through worthy worshiping believers”.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
Heavenly Father! Almighty God!
You are worthy to be praised
Holy – Holy - Holy is the Lord, the all power God
Who was and is coming
Blessed be your Glorious name
May your name be Exalted above all Names
All Blessings and all Praises
You are the beginning and the end – ALPHA and OMEGA
You are the one who said to Moses “I AM that I AM”
You are the faithful Father of, Abraham Isaac and Jacob
You are same yesterday today and tomorrow
You are unchangeable God, and Integrity is yours
You are the Father who says “Amen” and AMEN is your name
You are worthy to receive glory, honor and power
You are worthy to be praised
You are worthy to be worshiped
You are the God who is enthroned on our praises
You deserve all our praises
Praise, honor, glory, and strength
For ever and ever to the one
Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
You said “Not by – might, not by – power, but by - ‘MY SPIRIT’.”
Your assurance and your presence is always with us
You always protect us with your presence.
We are sanctified, justified and glorified in your presence.
Your presence is a great shield and fortress to us.
You are Majestic in your Eternal Unchangeableness
And you are our mighty rock
You alone are the Lord
You are the One God and one Spirit
You are an awesome God
You made the Heavens, the earth, the Seas
and that is there - in them
You made the Stars and
you call them by their names
You have stretched heavens like curtain
and spread them like tent to dwell in
The inhabitants of earth are like grasshoppers to you
Mighty mountains are like specks of dust in your scales
You lift up the islands like fine dust
You are a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father and Prince of Peace
You are Wise and Powerful
You control the times and seasons
You give Wisdom and Understanding
You reveal the things that are deep and secret
You know what is hidden in the darkness
You are surrounded by Light
The earth will be filled with the knowledge of
the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea
Your glory will be covered the heavens and
your praise will be filled the earth
you are my strength
You make my feet like the feet of the deer
You enable me to go on the heights
Though the fig tree does not bud
And there are no sheep in the pen
And no cattle in the stalls
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord
I will be joyful in God my savior
Foolish will think “the Lord will do nothing,
either good or bad”
Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save
Them on the day of Lord’s wrath
In the fire of Lord’s jealousy the whole world will be consumed
Lord is righteous, He does no wrong
Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and
Every new day He does not fail.
You are a Compassionate God,
slow to anger and abounding in love
Your compassions never fail
Your love never fails, your love endures for ever
Because of your love we are not consumed
Your Love is precious
Your Faithfulness is Gracious
Your Righteousness is Clean
Your Justice is Powerful
You are the Lord of miracles
You are a forgiving God
Lord O’ God!
You said “a mother could forget her child
but I will never forget you
I have carved your name on my palm”
You are kind and good
Heaven is your head and earth is your foot stool
Still we have a covenant relationship with you O! Lord
With your grace you made us partners of Your New Covenant
By establishing the covenant with the blameless and perfect blood
Of your son Jesus Christ
You gave us the promise through this new covenant
You said “I will write the laws on your heart by my Spirit and
I will be called your God and you will be my children”
Everyone on this earth will die like lilies in the field
but your victory will last forever and
Your saving power never ends
You are my portion therefore, I will wait for you.
We are not relying on our own good works and riches
but on your great mercy, Your mercies are new every morning
and great is your faithfulness. Surely your mercy and goodness will follow us
You made us clean and perfect by
purging our sins and washing us with your WORD
You are good to those whose hope is in you
and to the one who seeks you
You are Salvation and Redemption to our lives
Lord you always uphold the people
who are meek and humble, who trust in your name
who do not do wrong, who do not lie, in whom there is no deceit.
They will eat and lie down. No one will make them afraid.
You restore their fortunes before their very eyes.
I am glad and rejoice with all my heart
You have taken away my enemy; you have turned back my enemy
I will look in triumph on my enemy
It is better to trust in you than trust in man.
Lord you are my strength and my song and my salvation
Shouts of joy and victory resound in the houses of the righteous
The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things to lift them high.
You are with me; never again I will fear no harm.
You are mighty to save me; you will take great delight in me
You will quite me with your love, you will rejoice over me with singing
Among all the people of the earth you will give me honor and praise.
Lord you have made your light shine upon me.
You are my God – I will give you thanks.
You are my God – and I will exalt you.
Blessed are they, whose ways are blameless,
And who walk according to the law of the Lord
Blessed are they who keep His statues
And seek Him with all their hearts.
You gave us these earthly bodies to dwell in
but your eternal plan is to give us glorious bodies.
You said -Those who are considered worthy of taking part in heavenly kingdom
And in the resurrection from the dead can no longer die
for they are like the angels and they will have eternal life
They are God’s children, since they are the children of resurrection.
For this very purpose you sent your son into this world
to be Sacrificed as a Passover Lamb for our sins.
Though multitude of heavens worship you,
You did not consider lowliness and made yourself No reputation
to come down and live in your Son and bore the suffering on the cross.
You are the resurrection power.
I humble myself at your feet O Lord
Thank you for the perfect holy blood shed on the cross
To wipe off generational curse this was on us for years.
With awe and silence I bow down my head at your feet
and offer my praise.