What is Acceptable Worship?

Have you learned anything about the prerequisites of worship? I encourage you to study about worship, and evaluate your situation in your life. I wished that I can do that for you, but you must do it yourself. Please start today!

1. Praise God
2. Offer Acceptable Worship to Him
3. Honor God in spirit and in truth

Remember these three things, because it will help you, if you are unsure as to what should be done in worship towards God. If this is your first time with us, check out these blog posts:

  1. What is worship?
  2. Purpose of worship?
  3. Prerequisites of Worship  (part 2) (part 3)

I hope that I am helping someone here with their learning about praise and worship. If you do not mind, please leave a comment of praise, and let me know. I need some encouragement as well.

Let me say a quick prayer:

Father God, I thank you that we have a heart for worship, and that our worship is pleasing to you, as a sweet smelling savor. Let your presence be felt, as they read this blog, and take up residence in our midst. We love you in Jesus Name. Amen.
Do you know what we must do first? You guess it – PRAISE THE LORD!
Please watch this youtube video to get you start by Hillsong:
Open the Eyes of My Heart

Our hearts must be open and honest to our Lord. He will not have it any other way. In order for you to do that, you must have some additional understanding about worshipping God. I will compare worship with the service of ministry. It will give you a guide to follow as you distinguish what true worship really is. Ministry is that which comes down to us from the Father, through Jesus, in the power of the Spirit. You receive spiritual gifts upon your recreated birth experience. On the other hand, worship is that which goes up from us, by the Spirit’s power, through Jesus, to the Heavenly Father. Now you will see, ministry is that which descends from God to us, while worship is that which ascends from us to God. Both are perfectly balanced.

Unfortunately, we tend to be too ministry oriented (like Martha in Luke 10:38-44) and not oriented enough toward worship. We need to learn from Mary how to sit at Jesus’ feet and worship Him. Jesus said, “But one thing is needful: [worship] Mary hath chosen that good part.”

Let me ask you this question: did you give your best praise to God today, when I asked you to watch the video? It was only to assist you in your worship experience. Honestly, you are suppose to worship God, just because, without music or someone coaching you too! I know that the Lord God is good, so I will praise him, and you can reading about it or do what God created you to do for Him.

Glory to God! I will bless your Name Lord Jesus at all times, and your praise will be in my mouth.

I will magnify your greatness, as long as there is breathe in my body.

You alone are my God, and there is no other.

You are my strength and shield, my glorious and awesome Lord!

Hallelujah, for loving me first!

You are worthy of my praise

Thank you Lord

Selah. Pause and Think about what God has done for you? That is enough to say, “Glory Hallelujah! Thanks You Lord”

I hope that you were praising the Lord just like I was, and not just reading my praise. Reading is good, but praising the Lord is much better. This act of worship is very important for every Believer in Christ.

Ask yourself the following questions I received from John MacArthur’s book about Worship: “Do I worship God? Is worship a priority for me? Do I faithfully and regularly attend church with a cheerful heart commitment to praise and worship God? Am I so consumed with a hungering desire to worship God that I hurry myself into the assembly of His people for the expression of worship?”

God is always looking for acceptable worship, true spiritual worship, and if we’re going to give it to Him, we must understand what it is. Right! God laid a foundation for us to follow starting with the first spiritual family – Adam and Eve. Do you remember their sons, Cain and Abel? Let’s read the account in Genesis 4:
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”

Look at verse 3-5 again. Some time passed, since Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of good and evil (Genesis 3:6), and hide from God. I believe in verse 20 and 21 of Genesis. God taught Adam how to worship Him, when He make them leather clothing. God shed animal blood for their sins, and then send them out of the Garden of Eden. Because of sin, it severed their relationship with God. In order to communicate with God, offerings were given. Adam taught worship to his sons, and in verse 3 we see Cain bringing an offering to God from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat, like Prime Rib or London Broil. God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a funk; feeling sorry for himself. Why?

God is still asking this question today? Look at verse 6: “Why are thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?” We ask our children this same question when they do something wrong. Don’t we! Our Heavenly Father is no different. He loves us, and would like for us to do our best in our praise and worship of Him. Amen.

Stop having tantrum. Stop sulking. Do your best? God will accept any good offering (v. 7).

I know you’re thinking that was then in the Old Testament, and this is now. Let’s read something from the now in the New Testament:

“We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” -Hebrews 13:10-16

Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name. God is well pleased, as we do these acts of worship. Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good of the gospel, and sharing what you have with others. Tell others of your testimony in your kitchen, during your lunch break at work, and on the street – This is the gospel of good news! As you distinguish between ministry and worship, I’m encouraging you to read Luke 10:38-42. It will be a contrast between Martha and her sister, Mary. When reading it, ask yourself these questions:

Which woman most closely exemplifies your expression of devotion to Christ? Are you busy with details that do not directly increase your devotion, or are you sitting at the feet of Jesus so that you can get to know Him better? Would you have anointed Christ’s feet with a costly perfume in a humble act of worship like Mary did in John 12:1-5? Or would you have criticized such an act of as inappropriate?

God desires that our praise and worship be acceptable unto Him. As you have seen, worship is done in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. The ball is in your court now! Are you going to offer a sacrificial offering today with the fruit of your lips – praise?

Until next time, continue to be blessed and Praise the Lord!


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I'm the author of "A Real Desire To Praise God," and "Are You Worshipping In Spirit and In Truth?" Get copies today at Amazon.com

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