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What is Worship? By definition, worship is ascribing worth to something or someone. But true worship is also a matter of the heart. It must be felt. It can't be ritualistic. It can't be just an external going through the motions. True worship is a heartfelt expression of love, adoration, admiration, fascination, wonder, and celebration. It's something that happens in your heart and soul when you begin to praise God for who He is and thank Him for what He has done. Worship is what empowers followers of Jesus to live faithfully in the world. In worship our minds take in wisdom, our hearts are moved, and our whole beings are called to live out the gospel. People have worshiped, and praised God since the beginning of time. One of the best stories of worship towards God is noted in Isaiah 6, “ In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke (v.1–4).” Worship brings an upward look, with one glance at God on His throne with all of His glory. It pulls our attentions off our idols and puts them back of to our God. It reminds us how good, powerful and loving He is. Worship brings us an inward look. "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty." Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for" (v. 5–7). Once we see God for who He is, like Isaiah, you start to see yourself for who we really are. God starts to inspect us and we notice all the sinful things in our lif. We also start to experience the grace, forgiveness, and mercy of God. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (v. 8) In this case Isaiah is looking inward.. Genuine worship isn’t just singing songs and getting a good feeling in your hear. Worship is worshipping God for who He really is. True worship is seeing a fresh, tremendous worth of God. Through worship God has helped me through my hardships, dealing with my sisters death, He has shown me that I am not alone and that He is by my side the whole way. God does amazing things through our worship towards Him. I believe if we want to see more of these amazing things, we must first go deeper in our worship with Christ.

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