13. Worship That Pleases God


God doesn't want a part of your life, He is not interested in halfhearted commitment, partial obedience, and the leftovers of your time and money. God wants all of you.

The kind of worship that pleases God has three characteristics:


  1. When your worship is accurate.
    Worship must be both accurate and authentic; we use both our hearts and our heads. We cannot create our own comfortable or correct image of God and worship it. Worship must be based on the truth of Scripture.

    God hates hypocrisy or showmanship. Emotions must be genuine, not faked. It is not just a matter of saying the right words; you must mean what you say. Heartless praise is not praise at all; it is an insult to God.

    Real worship happens when your spirit responds to God, not to some musical tone. In fact, some sentimental, introspective songs hinder worship because they take the spotlight off God and focus on our feelings. Many forms of praise are mentioned in the Bible. The best style of worship is the one that most authentically represents your love for God, based on the background and personality God gave you.

  2. When your worship is thoughtful.
    If worship is mindless, it is meaningless. Even biblical terms can become tired cliches from overuse, and we stop thinking about the meaning. Try to be specific; it’s better to name two specific compliments than twenty vague generalities.

  3. When your worship is practical.
    God wants you to live for him! One thing worship costs us is our self-centeredness. You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time. You deliberately shift the focus off yourself. Your biggest distraction in worship is yourself.

    When Jesus said, "Love God with all your strength”, he pointed out that worship takes effort and energy. It is not always convenient or comfortable, and sometimes worship is a sheer act of the will; a willing sacrifice. When you praise God even when you don't feel like it, you are offering a sacrifice of worship to God. That pleases God.


Question to Consider:       
Which is more pleasing to God right now: my public or my private worship? What will I do about this?


Verse to Remember:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30