My worship is my work which causes people to see the nature of God.
ENTER IN TO WORSHIP
Did you know that "Enter Into Worship" is not a phrase in the bible? Not in any translation that I could find. There are many references to entering God's house, God's Temple, the place of worship... We are even told to enter in order to worship. But there doesn't seem to be a biblical precident for entering INTO worship. I found this odd because I've heard and used the phrase SO many times since childhood growing up in churches. Psalm 5:7 NLT Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; with deepest awe I will worship at your Temple. Jeremiah 7:2 ESV "Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. Ezekiel 46:2 ESV The prince shall enter by the vestibule of the gate from outside, and shall take his stand by the post of the gate. The priests shall offer his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening. Psalm 100:4 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! WHAT IS PRAISE? Praise is to speak well of someone/something. If I am given a gift by a person I will thank them. If it is an extravagant gift I may not only thank them but begin telling them what a great person they are because of this gift and I'll tell other people about what a person they are because of this gift. This is the essence of praise. I am praising them. So I am to enter the realms of God with "Thanksgiving" and "Speaking well of Him". This is the attitude with which I enter His presence. WHAT IS WORSHIP? Worship is mentioned over 105 times in the NKJV on a basic search. Worship, both in Greek and Hebrew, means to bow down, fall to the knees, kiss the hand, or in other ways pay respect and homage to a superior of some kind. There are, however, several words translated worship. Another word sometimes translated worship is also translated serve or work. Our work and service are part of our worship before God. Thoughts from my friend Al: The thought was based on the scripture, Matt 5:16 (KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works[Worship], and glorify[See the Nature of] your Father [The King]which is in heaven. Your purpose is your WORK and your WORK is your WORSHIP! AVODAH - Worship/Work Also written as Abad.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avodah http://www.avodah.net/ The Hebrew word for Worship is also the same base/root as Work. See Also: http://ag.org/top/church_workers/wrshp_gen_avodah.cfm
Exodus 3:12 KJV
Darrell G. Wolfe
DEFINITIONS: The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon "Worship":
PRAISE, n. s as z. [L. pretium.]
There are men who always confound the praise of goodness with the practice.
2. The expression of gratitude for personal favors conferred; a glorifying or extolling.
He hath put a new song into my mouth, even praise to our God. Ps.40.
3. The object, ground or reason of praise.
He is thy praise,and he is thy God. Deut.10.
PRAISE, v.t. [L. tollo, extollo; pretium.]
We praise not Hector, though his name we know
Is great in arms; 'tis hard to praise a foe.
2. To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works.
Praise him, all his angels, praise ye him, all his hosts. Ps.148.
3. To express gratitude for personal favors. Ps.138.
4. To do honor to; to display the excellence of.
All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord. Ps.145.
AVODAH - Worship/Work http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avodah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_labor http://www.avodah.net/
The Hebrew word for Worship is also the same base/root as Work. See Also: http://ag.org/top/church_workers/wrshp_gen_avodah.cfm http://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ethics/Business_Ethics/Themes_and_Theology/Value_of_Work/Work_as_Calling.shtml http://www.thehighcalling.org/attitude/do-you-feel-broken-and-fragmented
FURTHER STUDY: Other interesting articles on this subject that bear further reading: The Hebrew word for Worship is also the same base/root as Work. See Also: http://ag.org/top/church_workers/wrshp_gen_avodah.cfm http://www.victorious.org/praise.htm Have you ever noticed when “gifts of the Spirit” operate in a church service? The power and anointing of the Holy Spirit usually becomes evident, subsequent to a time of worship and praise. Some think that worship is a response after the Holy Spirit moves upon them. However, it’s the other way around. God’s presence responds when we move upon Him with worship! Lifting up Jesus Christ through praise and worship invokes the Lord’s presence and power to flow in our midst. http://www.myjewishlearning.com/practices/Ethics/Business_Ethics/Themes_and_Theology/Value_of_Work/Work_as_Calling.shtml The word for work in Hebrew, avodah, is the same used for prayer. Avodah connotes service. (It is also the word for slavery, which is involuntary service.) Work is not only a necessary part of life, it is a form of service to the world, to the rest of humanity, and to God. We are meant to be of service, to be partners with God in the ongoing creation of the world. Yet even as we serve God, we also serve our fellow human beings, as set forth in this story about the Hasidic master Rabbi David of Lelov [Poland, 1746-1813]: http://www.homegrownpraise.com/WhatWorship.htm Some have made the mistake of equating praise with "the outer court" and worship with "the inner court." To place this strong a barrier between the two is artificial. http://www.bibleabookoftruth.com/WhyChristiansPraiseAndWorshipGod.pdf http://www.khouse.org/articles/2005/557/ True worship, then, is contingent upon our offering ourselves as a living sacrifice and God cleansing our flesh and spirit. In other words, our heart condition matters more in worship than our voice, our good intentions or our actions. Without a cleansed heart, we simply cannot enter His presence or worship. It's interesting to note that today worship music sales have absolutely skyrocketed, but statistics show us that there are more problems now in the Christian body than ever before. Why? If people are buying worship music, why aren't our lives reflecting this? The answer is simple: we are becoming like what we worship! (Psalm 135:18) We are praising God, but not truly worshiping Him. We are singing unto Him, making melody in our heart, but not allowing Him to cleanse our hearts and truly change us into His image. Much of it goes back to the fact that many Christians don't really know what it means to love God. They don't know how to daily surrender and relinquish themselves to Him. Without this knowledge, not only will there be no changed lives, there also will be no worshipers. Worship comes from love. We worship that which we love. In other words, the more we love Him, the more we will be able to worship Him. The following was SO good I had to re post it here for this study! http://ag.org/top/church_workers/wrshp_gen_avodah.cfm