True spiritual worship is the recognition and reverence of God
as the Lord of life. We bow down before God, we esteem Him,
and we lift up His glorious name, individually and in large or
small congregations. In our praying, singing, and work, we
should worship the Lord with passion, devotion, and honest
daily living. Worship is not a dull, lifeless ritual or routine, but
a joyful experience of God’s presence.
During Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people sang
praises and spread palm branches in the path before Him. Some
Pharisees told Jesus to stop His disciples from doing this. Jesus
said that if His followers were to stop praising Him, the rocks
would cry out (Luke 19:39-40 NIV).
However, God does not accept sham worship or vain repetitions.
Worship means loving the Lord with our heart, mind, soul, and
strength. Consider true worship as a way of life.
1. Exodus 4:29–31.
What moved the Israelites to worship the Lord?
How can we worship God wherever we are?
2. Job 1:18–20.
How did Job respond to the news of the deaths of his children?
What attitude should we have toward God in good times and bad?
3. Isaiah 6:1–8.
Where was God in Isaiah’s vision?
What message did the angelic beings express?
What initial response did Isaiah make?
What did he plead in verse 8?
4. Ezekiel 8:14–16.
Some Hebrews worshiped Tammuz, the god of nature.
What were the twenty-five men worshiping, their backs to the temple?
They made cakes of bread for the pagan Queen of Heaven
(Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17–19, 25).
What other forms of worship did they practice?
Why was this wrong? How did God react?
5. Matthew 2:10–11.
Wise men journeyed to Bethlehem after Jesus was born,
giving gifts to Jesus at His home, and they worshiped Him.
Why do we worship Jesus? (Philippians 2:5–11).
6. Matthew 14:28–33.
When Peter called out to the Lord on the water,
what did he attempt to do?
What distracted him and made him afraid?
What did Jesus ask him as He reached out to rescue him?
What was the response of the disciples?
7. Matthew 28:16–17.
When the disciples met Jesus
before His ascension, what did they do?
What was the reaction of some?
How do we worship the Lord? Your answers will vary.
8. John 4:20–24.
What did Jesus teach the woman at the well about worship?
What are the two vital elements of worship?
9. Colossians 2:18.
Paul warned against the worship of angels.
What early tendency did men have with regard to worship?
Does this kind of worship continue to this day?
Who alone is to be worshiped?
10. Revelation 5:13–14.
All creatures in the universe will worship God and the Lamb.
The twenty-four elders represent all the redeemed who will
worship. Share some worship experiences.
When John Wesley was listening to the preface of Martin Luther’s
commentary on Romans, he said he felt his heart “strangely warmed.”
As you search through the Scriptures and discuss the questions in this
book, or meditate on them at home, I pray that your heart will be
strangely warmed, as well. And may these Bible studies help keep
Jesus and your relationship to Him the central focus of your life.
From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor