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Living Free - Jan. 4, 2012

What is Worship?

Today's Scripture

"That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration." John 4:23-24 MSG

Thoughts for Today

Overcoming distractions and focusing on God become easier when we make worshiping and praising him our highest priority.

How do we worship God? In song, in prayer and in action. People worship in different ways, but the essence of worship is in loving him, thanking him and adoring him. This adoration can be expressed in many ways. Some people honor him with words. Some sing. Some raise their hands or kneel before him. Some remain quiet before him, just basking in his presence. Some dance or play instruments.

Worship is the key to experiencing a deepening knowledge of God. It is the key to a closer personal relationship with him. Praise is a declaration of who God is. Worship is an encounter with who God is. God makes himself known to worshiping people. Learn to seek him—and to worship him—with passion.

Consider this …

Just as you express your love to your spouse or parents or children in many different ways, determine to discover the freedom of worshiping and loving God in different ways. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. There is no right or wrong method—it is the love in your heart that counts.


Father, I do love you and adore you. I praise you for who you are and for all that you have done for me. You are my Father, Daddy, Savior and Deliverer. You are my Comfort, my Teacher, my Guide, my Protector. I praise you for your love, your power, your goodness and your grace. In Jesus' name …

A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Himby Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.

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