Who is He?

Here we are again. The last month of another year is before us. I hope as you reflected on the many blessings God has afforded you you were able to genuinely thank Him. Humbly. Fully.

Let’s look at at that worship definition again: our response of all that we are to all that God is and does. Ok, we’ve looked at our response to His doing. How about our response to His being. Who is He?

I went through bible study on Worship a while back: “Worship and the Word” by Pamela Haddix. One of her lessons was about “knowing the person of God”. In it she recommended meditating on specific names or titles of the Lord. In doing so, we learn more of who God is. And we’re able worship Him “more” of all that He is. She had an appendix which listed the many Names, Titles, and Descriptions of God (360+ according to NIV). Here is a sampling:

GOD the FATHER: A faithful God who does no wrong, A forgiving God, A fortress of salvation, A glorious crown, A jealous and avenging God,…God of glory, God of grace, God of hope, God of love and peace,… Our judge, Our lawgiver, Our leader, Our Mighty One, Our Redeemer,… Your very great reward.

GOD the SON: A banner for the peoples, A Nazarene, Alpha and Omega, Ancient of Days, Anointed One, Apostle and high priest, Author and perfecter of our faith,… Image of the invisible God, Immanuel (God with us), Indescribable gift,… Prince and Savior, Prince of Peace, Prince of princes, Prince of the hosts,… Wonderful Counselor, Word of God, Word of life, Your life, Your salvation.

GOD the SPIRIT: A deposit (earnest), Another Counselor, Breath of the Almighty, Holy One,… Seal, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of counsel and of power, Spirit of faith, Spirit of fire,… The same gift, Voice of the Almighty, Voice of the Lord.

For the complete list, visit her website: Worship & the Word

So go ahead, pick one. And worship Him. Then pick another. And another.

What Has He Done?

Last time, I shared a definition of worship: our response of all that we are to all that God is and does. How are you doing with “all”? Me too. Continue reading

Worship Words

There are several different words used in the Bible for “worship” and none of them mean music or singing. The original words used most often mean “bow down”, “reverence”, “honor publicly”, and “serve, as a slave”. “Praise” is most often attached to singing. It’s easy to think of singing praise and worship as the same, but really, praise singing is just a subset of worship. Worship is much more. Warren Weirsbe describes worship as our response of all that we are, to all that He is and does.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” Romans 12:1

I’m glad that worship is more. I’m also a bit terrified. Mostly because of the “all” part. If we’re truly honest, I’m sure there are many times during the day that we aren’t giving God all. But why look at the negative side of things? Isn’t it exciting that when the singing is over, we get to keep on worshipping!

Another aspect of worship is that God is deserving of it, period. In Isaiah 6, he was shown a vision of heaven and saw the Lord being worshipped on the throne. And these heavenly beings were worshipping God. They weren’t singing – just calling/crying/proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.” Before He sent His Son, before Jesus died on the cross to save us, before we could be blessed with anything, God was worshipped. Even more, in Revelation 4 we read that “…day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’” Let’s be sure that we are worshipping God, not only for what He’s done, but for who He is!

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Psalm 95:6