Worship: What Is It?

by John and Ruth Greene

“Worship YAHWEH with gladness; come before His face with joyful singing.” – Psalm 100:2, HRB


We’ve been in ministry for a number of years and one truth is evident today. There exists a great confusion about what worship really is. Some see worship as singing a song. Others see worship as going to church. Still others see worship as prayer. Some say that worship is a pilgrimage. When you get to bottom of the matter the truth is that worship is actually none of these. (“Disciple: The Pattern of Your Life“; “Ya Gotta Have Roots!“)

praiseWhat do we mean? By its very nature, worship is expressing praise and devotion. The world of religion commonly looks at the outside while the inside man is only implied. The point that disciples need to understand today is that worship is on the inside and expressed on the outside. Worship isn’t empty ritual, singing songs or acting any particular way. Worship always starts on the inside and is then actively expressed through praise and devotion. No, we didn’t repeat ourselves. If you think we did, just go back and read what we just said again. (“Leaven of the Pharisees; Leaven of the World“; “Refining Your Heart“; “Messiah Teaches about Fruit in the Lives of People“)

jewish-tradition-1The world is full of bowing, incanting, chanting, singing, even what sometimes looks like beating your head against a wall or an autistic child rocking back and forth. We aren’t being critical, simply making a point. None of these actions or any other action demands devotion. Actions can be habit, even automatically trained behavior. If a refined heart condition isn’t in place, all the activity in the world is for absolutely nothing. It’s in vain, a vanity. You aren’t worshiping. You are involved in ritual without involving the heart, and maybe not even your mind. It’s called going through the motions. (Psalm 111:1; Matthew 6:1, 5, 16; 1 Corinthians 14:15, 26; Romans 12:1; “The Need to Keep Spiritually Clean“; “Purity Starts Inside: A Lesson Through the Ages“)

“Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:24, ISR98

That is a tall order when you don’t have His Spirit or truth. What do we mean? Bear with us and read on.

“Give thanks to YHWH! For He is good, For His kindness is everlasting.” – Psalm 107:1, ISR98

He returns my living being to His purpose, guides me in His track of righteousness for His purpose and honor. Even though I walk in the valley, the shade of death, I revere no evil. Certainly, you are along with me. Both your rod and staff comfort me. You arrange a table for me, a front of my affliction. You anoint my head with oil, my portion overflows.” – Psalm 23:3-5, direct translation

set-apart-Spirit-bannerYour Heavenly Father wants you to tell everyone what He has done for you. (Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4) This is a declaration, an overflow of YHWH’s Spirit in your life. You live in YHWH’s presence and you refuse to keep it to yourself! You express that brotherly love towards others, just as you are set apart to Him! (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) YHWH’s presence has power! The first century disciples had the power to do miracles and great boldness in preaching. This happened even as they were oppressed by jealous religious leaders and the like. (Acts 5) When people had the trust to believe, lives were changed in all kinds of ways. Disciples can experience the same gifts today if they don’t put the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] in a box. They are willing to live His truth. They reverence Elohim in their hearts and express that as a natural expression of their trust and love! They accept His healing. (Psalm 111) This wisdom flows naturally from renewed hearts and minds! This isn’t emotion, but part of life to be lived and loved through the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as knowing – informed Bible truth.  (“Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Life Healing and Belief“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)

The religion of man often says otherwise. Religion says that man dictates worship as the ruler. From ancient times until now, men have worshiped men and the word of men as though they were gods. When YHWH’s instruction is set aside for man’s teachings and traditions, a satanic deception or counterfeit is in place. (Luke 13:16; 1 Corinthians 14:33) Worship is where your heart is, evidenced by what you do. It always bears fruit, like a fig tree in due season. (“A Lifestyle Message from Jeremiah“; “A Lifestyle Message from Messiah“)

The New Man in ChristLiving through YHWH’s Word on earth isn’t without pain. King David has a list that every believer in Bible truth should pay attention to. (Psalm 103:1-6, 20-22) When you rest in His Spirit, YHWH forgives your sins, heals your diseases, redeems you from death, and crowns you with love, compassion and justice. (Psalm 23, 105) This isn’t phony baloney, but living in YHWH’s trust, otherwise known as faith: the real kind. The past acts of YHWH and Yahshua [Jesus] are your foundation. You can live as part of YHWH’s miracles. (“Healing: The Beginning of Love“; “Healing: What YHWH Wants for You!“)

This isn’t drummed up enthusiasm or a pep rally. (Psalm 68, 113:1-4) This is the fountain of joy that springs from a love-filled heart, something only the Holy Spirit can give. (Psalm 87:7; Jeremiah 15:16) This is YHWH’s reward for the seeking disciple of Messiah, as well as the seal of your trust. (Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30) It’s the foundation of relationship with Him. YHWH the Almighty, your loving Heavenly Father rewards all that sincerely seek Him. (“YHWH Loves His People“)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7, NKJV

This mindset and lifestyle are a heart and mind that are being renewed in YHWH’s Spirit through the Holy Spirit while walking in His track of righteousness. (“YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“) You start the process of renewing your life by washing your life with YHWH’s Word, through prayer and through personal praise and trust every day! Whatever you have or whatever you do, YHWH will increase your land as you increase in Him! How you live your life is worship! Your overflowing heart is worship, as your life is set apart to Him! That is how you are sanctified. (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:19; “Disciple: Renewing the Mind“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“; “Disciple of Messiah: You are a Spiritual Watchman“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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