Imagine watching your team fight their way to a major victory. What is a normal response? We jump to our feet, applaud, cheer, and shout. We consider this perfectly natural. Worship is a perfectly natural response to God.

The God We Worship

There is something about God that inspires worship. The more you study the universe or the human brain, the more your sense of wonder grows. What a God of wisdom, skill, and power! You worship God because of the splendor of His Being.

But you also worship God for personal reasons -- He loves you, answers your prayers, and watches over you. So, you worship God for who He is and for what He has done.

Worship is Our Responce

Worship doesn't begin with you but with God. You respond to your Creator. You give expression to the feelings you have regarding Him -- feelings of awe and love. The more you focus your concentration on Him, the greater and deeper your response of worship becomes.

How Worship Expresses Itself

Worship finds many means of creative expression. For instance, we worship God with words, as in prayers, in poetry, and in song. We also worship God through rituals (such as Baptism and the Lord's Supper) and through meaningful gestures (such as kneeling or lifting our hands -- Psalms 141:2). And, of course, music is an important expression of worship.

You may also worship God in quiet wonder -- a spiritual expression from deep within your heart, something beyond words.

Spiritual Sacrfice

In the Bible, sacrifice was a major component of worship. People gave God something of value. Christians are to offer their "bodies as living sacrifices."

In other words, you present -- or yield -- your whole life to God when you worship. Surrender to God is the heart of worship. This form of worship includes giving every action of your daily life to God, whether your occupation, your education, your hobby, or your play (Colossians 3:17). Anything you do can be made an act of worship.

Personal Involvement

Unlike spectators at a game, you cannot worship God as an observer. Worship requires your active participation. Your experience of God in worship grows in proportion to your involvement.

Forms of Worship

Praise: A creative and outward expression of God's greatness.

Exalt: To speak of God's superiority over anything and everything else.

Thank: To acknowledge God as the source of your help and of your blessing.

Bless: To give to God the richest part of your life.

Proclaim: To tell others about God and His works.

Adore: Inward contemplation and devotion.

Encounter with God

God has chosen to manifest His presence to you in worship. It is not surprising for a person to have a powerful experience of God during worship. God often comes to you in the middle of a song or in prayer.

An encounter with God is different from feeling emotionally moved by music or drama. A real encounter with God will empower you and help you to make important life changes.