Essential Acts of Worship

Essential Acts of Worship

by Ruth O’Neil

It doesn’t matter who you talk to; there are as many ways to worship as there are believers in the world. Worship can be corporate or it can be personal, hopefully believers experience both corporate and personal on occasion. Scripture tells us there are four basics to worship and all should be included in our worship time whenever and wherever one decides to worship.

Singing 

Singing is a form of worship that can be highly emotional. One can be moved to quiet tears or moved to dance with joy as David was when the Israelites brought home the Ark of the Covenant. Despite what some people think, the beat of the music doesn’t matter. The music that moves one person to worship may put another to sleep or bring on headache. It’s the words of the song that are important. It’s the words that bring about the meaning of the song, along with the emotional response from the listener. Be careful about judging others in the form of music that bring about worship for them. Worship for one can be as a member of a 1000 person choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” while for another, it’s singing along to a song on the radio in the privacy of the car.

Make sure your worship includes some type of music.

Prayer 

Prayer is the form of worship that not only allows us to speak to God, but also allows Him to speak to us. One can pray anytime, anywhere, in a crowd, or all alone. Prayer needs to be more than a list of what we want. If you have trouble thinking of things to pray about, make a list you can refer to during your prayer time.

Don’t think that you always have to kneel to pray. Pray whenever someone or some situation comes to mind. Pray whenever things are quiet and you know you won’t be disturbed. Pray short prayers throughout the day, if that’s what you have time for. Do as the Bible says and “pray without ceasing.”

Tithing 

Tithing is the act of obedience in giving back to God. The Bible commands us to tithe and gives us some guidelines. Tithing can take place in a number of ways. One can tithe to the church, one can give directly to missions, or simply to give, in Jesus’ name, to a need. Tithing should be as private as possible. What you tithe is ultimately between the giver and God.

Preaching 

One cannot grow spiritually without another one to lead. Yes, personal Bible study is extremely important, but there is much to be said when sitting under teacher who is more knowledgeable in the Scriptures.

It doesn’t matter where or when you worship, is on you do as you do it regularly and that it contains these four aspects. They do not even have to all be done in the same one-hour church service. You can incorporate these four acts of worship throughout your day.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

Have You Been Fence Jumping Lately?

Have You Been Fence Jumping Lately?

Israel was a fence jumper. Hopping back and forth as they worshiped God and Baal.

God wanted to keep Israel a pure nation set apart to Himself, so He commanded them not to make covenants with other nations, to ensure they would not be tempted by other suitors and intermarry with them and, therefore, worship other gods.

It didn’t work. Moses even tried to persuade them, “O Israel, listen: Jehovah is our God, Jehovah alone. You must love Him with all your heart, soul, and might.” (Deut. 6:4-5 NLT) But they ignored Moses and God by making covenants with those around them and marrying into those forbidden nations.

So as not to anger the prophets of God or the prophets of Jezebel, Israel bowed down to both God and Baal and ended up dividing their affections, time, and worship between the two. Actually making them double-hearted.

Elijah asked them, “How long will you be divided between two ways of thinking? If the Lord is God, follow Him. But if Baal is God, then follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21 NLV)

According to the definitions, the question could be stated this way: How much longer will you waver and jump back and forth between two divided thoughts?

The meaning of Baal’s name comes from another Hebrew word ba’al, which basically means a title for any person who owned something, a possessor, master, lord, owner, husband, or married. It comes from the root word ba’al, meaning to be master, rule or lord over, possess, own, be husband, or to marry.

Essentially, Baal owned the people who worshiped him and was joined to them in oneness as in marriage. Worshiping Baal implied ownership rather than relationship.

The take-away? That which we worship, we are joined to it, becoming one with it, as married to it.

Which side of the fence are we on? The world’s side or God’s side? We cannot live on both sides of the fence.

When Israel displayed their shameless conduct in the face of their heavenly Husband, God said, “My covenant…they broke, though I was a husband to them.” (Jer. 31:32b NKJV)

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul showed the same godly concern over their relationship with unbelievers because of the unbelievers’ false gods. Though I’m not addressing a believer partnering with an unbeliever, the same truth applies.

Paul warned them, “How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil?” (2 Cor. 6:14b-15a NLT)

The Old Testament prophet Amos similarly asked, “Will two walk together unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3 Masoretic Text) The Hebrew word for agreed also means to make appointment to meet, to betroth, to engage as for marriage, and so on. Interesting!

What we walk with, as what we worship, we are joined with, become one with. We either walk in agreement with God as our heavenly Husband or we are espoused to something else. There is no fence-sitting or fence-hopping!

Scripture cautions us, “Shun (keep clear away from, avoid by flight if need be) any sort of idolatry (of loving or venerating anything more than God).” (1 Cor. 10:14 Amp) Anything! If anything is dearer to our hearts than the Lord, then it is an idol and it threatens our relationship with our heavenly Bridegroom.

We say we love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds. The problem is we say we love chocolate or ice cream or fall days, our jobs or our car, horse, or fishing boat, in the same way, and sometimes we say we love those things with more passion. Where is the passion for our Bridegroom?

We cannot be double-minded as the Israelites were. God said, “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God Who will not share your affection with any other god!” (Deut. 5:9 NLT)

A heart yoked together with the Bridegroom in a holy union—one undivided in its affection, giving Him its full allegiance, without infidelity, hypocrisy, or unbelief—this is His desire for His Bride.

As it has been said, “If He is not the Lord of all, then He is not the Lord at all!”

Do you have a double heart or a double mind, as two spouses?
Have you been worshiping something other than the Lord?

Have you been fence jumping lately?

LynnMosher website 4At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.