"Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" 1 Chronicles 16:29.
Those words are poetic and have found their way into a well known hymn, but what does it mean to "worship"?
It is much more than showing up for church services once a week.
While Scripture does not give a specific definition, there is much to learn. The word "worship" means to bow down, to reverence or hold in awe, or to ascribe worth to something.
Let's consider the above verse. If our worship to the LORD is to be in the "beauty of holiness", a cleansing process is required.
It is only as we submit to the infilling of the Holy Spirit that we are cleansed, made holy. And it is only as we are made holy that we can render true worship to a holy God.
In Psalm 95:5-7 we read "The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture."
Here we find the concept of prostrating ourselves before God in worship. This is to humble ourselves acknowledging Him as almighty God.
But more than this, we see why He is deserving of our worship. He is our maker. We belong to Him.
The last book in the Bible has an end time message calling all back to the worship of our Creator God.
"Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters" Revelation 14:7.
We find that worship is directly tied to obedience. Said another way, true worship and genuine love for God will always include willing obedience to Him.
"But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
"And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods" 2 Kings 17:36, 37.
"If ye love me, keep my commandments" John 14:15.
Satan asked Jesus to worship him.
"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" Matthew 4:10.
True worship is an undivided service to God alone. Who or what receives your worship?