Three Vivid Adjectives of Worship

       The second psalm in the Psalter’s “Hallelujah Chorus” (Psalms 146-150) begins with a call to worship—”Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful” (Psalm 147:1).  These three vivid adjectives proclaim a mouthful about worship….

Focused and Purposeful Worship

       True worship of the God of heaven—the King of kings and Lord of lords—is as far from a spectator sport as you can get.  It requires the focus and purposeful involvement of your body, soul, and spirit.  It is an ongoing challenge…

Reasons for Exuberant Worship

       Worship MUST be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  The proper spirit for worship includes a glad anticipation of the privilege of assembling together with others of like precious faith (Psalm 122:1).  It also includes an intense joy or exuberance for the…

God’s Goodness, Pleasantness, and Greatness

       It is only fitting that the first psalm after the final Song of Ascent is an exuberant call to worship.  Once the traveling pilgrim has arrived at his destination, it is only fitting that his focus is upon joyous, heartfelt worship of Jehovah. …

Proper Motivation for Worship

       Motives matter to God.  Jesus plainly teaches that doing good so that you can be seen of men is fundamentally different than doing good so that God is glorified (Matthew 6:1ff).  Evil and pure motives are readily discerned by God.    Send article…

The Spirit of Worship

       Because acceptable worship to God must be “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), the attitude and mindset which prompt and permeate your worship are crucial.  With two simple yet robust similes, Psalm 123 vividly describes the acceptable spirit of one whose eyes…

Pilgrimages to Worship

       Ritual that is meaningless to the worshiper is also meaningless to God.  Genuine, acceptable worship must be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  It does not automatically happen simply because your body is in a certain locale at an appointed time.   …

The Blessings of Worship

       Attendance and worship are not the same.  Not only does God expect His children to be in the habit of attending worship services (Hebrews 10:25), He also requires that such a habit results in acceptable worship—done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). …

Reasons for Worship

       “Praise the Lord!” is the theme and focus of the book of Psalms.  It is the expressed theme and focus of Psalm 115.  This composition begins with “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because…