We think of worship as something we do on Sunday morning during the song service at church. This is only one form of worship and the time when we do it collectively as the members of the Body of Christ.
In the Hebrew and the Greek-- Old Testament and New Testament-- worship had a two-fold meaning. It meant action and attitude. The action was bowing, or prostrating oneself to someone or something out of honor. The attitude was doing service, sacrifice and obedience from the motive of the heart.
Worship was both a physical and spiritual act. It was in the Old Testament and it was in the New Testament. In the New Testament Jesus summed it up like this: "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.: (John 4:23)
Our worship in the spirit is when we honor God from our hearts out of overflowing love and gratitude. Real worship in spirit does not come from our lips only. It comes from our hearts and is shown in our actions. Our worship in truth deals with the physical-- action. God's word is truth. To worship Him in truth is to put into practice His word-- be doers of what it says. For example-- love your neighbor as yourself; take up your cross and follow Him; love your enemies; go the second mile; forgive those who trespass against us, etc., etc.
Worship is a lifestyle, not a one time event on a certain day. It is more than a song we sing. It involves our entire being- spirit, soul and body. Do you have the lifestyle of a worshipper?
Have a great day. True worshippers worship the Lord in action and attitude.
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