I first read some of Bruce’s posts as they came across my feed. I have to say that I am amazed by the depth of work, research and effort he has put into most of his posts. He writes straight out from the Bible and then explains it. I have re blogged several of his posts ( most notably on the Tabernacle (from Leviticus) series). I know you will be blessed as you read what worship means to Bruce in his life.
I’d love for you to make time to know Christ in a real and personal way. And that you know that He wants all of you, wants to be part of your daily life and cares for all the minutiae and details in your life. Come to Him, surrender completely and worship Him in spirit and in truth always.
Bruce Cooper is just an ordinary Christian. Ex-military (35 years service), Information
Technology Network Administration background, happily married 46+ years to the love of his life (humanistically speaking) with 5 grown up children and 6 grandchildren A.K.A. Papa. He is a non-denominational Protestant, born again in his mid twenties, now 72 years old (semi-retired). He is strong advocate that all Christians should be involved in Christian Apologetics so that we are prepared to give an answer to any who might ask. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
I Will Worship the Lord
The word that is frequently used in the Old Testament for worship is the Hebrew word “shachah” (Gen 22:5) which literally means “to bow down, to depress, to prostrate oneself”. But the actual position we place our body in when we worship God is secondary to what takes place in our hearts, minds and souls. I’m not defining what worship is here, or the various aspects of what constitutes true Biblical worship. I’m making this personal because for me, worship is personal, it’s between my God and me, even when I am collectively worshiping God with others. I believe true worship is designed to be that way. Personal.
I have a hard time trying to put into words what comes into my mind and spirit when I worship God because in essence, it is my concept and experience of God’s totality. Yes, I know, you are probably thinking, is that even possible and I agree with you, it isn’t, not even close. But God knows that. He knows everything. He knows everything about me and He still accepts my worship of Him.
Many years ago, for a short period of time (two or three minutes), God ushered me into His presence. I don’t know why He orchestrated it but He did. I can’t forget it nor do I want to. I cherish it. I saw nothing, I heard nothing, but I was there, in the Spirit. Instantaneously I was aware of three things at the same time:
God is Holy. Holy is not a word, holiness radiates from His person. I sensed it with every fibre of my being. I can’t explain His Holiness any other way. He just is. It is beautiful beyond words.
He is the Creator, I am the creature. No doubt, no question, difference between God and me was immense (beyond words). There is no argument, no discussion, He is the creator. Done.
God’s Love: Can’t possibly explain it. NEVER wanted to leave. The most beautiful awareness I have ever experienced in my entire life. God is the source and it is so beautiful.
And then He was gone. I have more details in a post entitled: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/lingering-imperfections/
I understand why the prophets of old fell to their knees when the Angel of the Lord (divinity) appeared to them in the Old Testament. You don’t think about it, you just do, like blinking our eyelids. I worship our heavenly Father, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit because I can’t do anything else but. To me, worship is communion with God, that special time whether it be in prayer, while singing a hymn or studying His Word, when I just stop and acknowledge Him for who He is and his greatness. But that is part of my story, you have your own, that is why it is personal, between you and God. God has no grandchildren, it has to be between you and Him. That is why my testimony is really not important, your testimony is.
The Bible verse that best exemplifies worship for me is Romans 12:1-2: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, or well pleasing and perfect.”
Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from the heart and the way God has designed. Worship can include praying, reading God’s Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others. It is not limited to one act, but is done properly when the heart and attitude of the person are in the right place.
Worshipping God is an excellent way of keeping God as a priority in our lives. For me, I am reminded by the Holy Spirit quite frequently of the many many times He has intervened on my behalf over the years. When that happens, when I am reminded, I instantly thank Him again and worship His Lordship over my life. I am thankful for the reminders, we have a tendency to forget how constant God’s love for us is, and has been, even when, in those part’s of our lives, we were not seeking Him. Feed on God’s Word, drink of His guidance through the Holy Spirit. Worship will follow.
I find a direct correlation between the amount of time that I spend in God’s Word and the awareness of God’s direction and presence in my life. You can’t enjoy the water or even learn to swim unless you literally get into it. It is that way with God’s Word. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t have all my questions answered, I still fall short daily, but ….. His peace, His assurance, the sense of God’s love and purpose for my life and those that I love is there and stays there, when I make Him a priority daily by studying His Word, commune with Him in prayer and worship Him as His Spirit within me directs me. Jesus is the Truth!
So yes, I will worship the Lord, I will praise His Holy name, I will sing our His glory, I will bend my knee in His presence, I will thank Him for His sacrifice, I will marvel at His love and purpose. He is my God, I can worship none other. I love Him and He made all this happen by first loving me.
2 Corinthians 13:14 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Your brother in Christ – Bruce
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!
I hope this post blessed you. See you next time,