What do you expect when you come to Church and it is worship time? Do you want to feel right or are you concerned that the music is alright; that the Praise and Worship Leader is not singing off key?

It is important to know that God wants all of you. He asks for all your heart, all your soul, all of your mind and all of your strength.
God is not interested in halfhearted commitment, partial obedience and the left over’s of your time and money. He deserves all your devotions. The question is “How much of yourself do you offer God when you worship”? Hebrew 12:28

4 Characteristics of Worship
1. God is pleased when our worship is based on the truth of scriptures. Worship must be based on the truth of scriptures;
“True worshipers worship God in the spirit and in truth”. John 4: 23

Worshiping in truth is to worship God as He is truly revealed in the Bible.

Worshiping in the spirit is to ensure that your spirit is involved in worship. Worship is your spirit responding to God’s spirit.

Worship must be genuine and heartfelt. Heartless praise is worthless praise because when we worship, God looks at our hearts.

Sincere worship must involve our emotions as it must be deeply felt, that is involving our deep feelings.

God is not interested in showmanship or pretense when we worship.

Worship takes place when your spirit responds to God not to the music because sometimes music takes away the focus from God and puts it on ourselves.

2. God is pleased when our worship is thoughtful. ‘Love God with all your mind”. What this means is that God is not pleased with thoughtless singing.

If worship is mindless, it is meaningless; you must engage your mind. Here are some tips that will help you engage your mind
-      Use of scriptures in praising God especially the Psalms.
-      Make a list of the different names of God – they tell us of the different aspects of His character. In the Old Testament, God revealed Himself to Isaac at different times with new names. He therefore commands us to praise his name.

3. God is pleased when, our worship is practical.
- The bible says “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable (pleasing to God), this is your spiritual act of worship.

-  He says offer your body, He did not say offer your spirit.
Without your body, you cannot do anything on earth. Everyone interacts with his environment with his body. It is recorded in the scriptures how David danced before God in worship.

We are required to present our bodies as Living Sacrifices. That is bodies dedicated and separated unto God. Literally meaning bodies offered on the altar. Unfortunately many times we can crawl off the altar through sin and disobedience.

David knew this and said, I will not offer to the Lord my God any sacrifice that has cost me nothing.

Worship will cost us:
1.   Our self centeredness – you cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time
o   You don’t worship to be seen by others or to please yourself.
o   You deliberately shift the focus off yourself.
2.   It will take your efforts and energy.
“Love the Lord with all your strength”.
It is not always convenient or comfortable.

3.   Worship is sometimes a sheer act of the will.
When you worship out of a sheer act of the will or you help others who are worn out, you are offering a sacrifice of worship to God. That pleases God.  

Finally, worshiping God is no all about our selves, the music, the choir or even the choice of songs although these things help to enhance worship. Worship is about God and for it to be acceptable it must be done His way.

My prayer is that you will be a true worshiper indeed.

God bless you.
Dr. James Iruobe.

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