Why Worship Works (Part 3)
[ Preached by Pastor Kenneth Chin at Acts Church Malaysia on 19 April 2020 ]
This message was pre-recorded as an online worship service during the Movement Control Order issued by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
This is a continuation of my series titled “Why Worship Works”. In the past six points, I spoke about the spiritual aspects of worship and how worship is a crucial ingredient to our identity and purpose – who we are as beings, not just Christians.
Today we dive deeper to see how worship should permeate through our day, influencing and sometimes even dictating how we interact with the world!
Worship always comes before warfare
Read | Joshua 5:14 – 15
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.
Warfare is part of Christian living. You may not call it that, but know that the enemy engages us constantly through spiritual attacks like sickness, temptation, and injustice. Like Joshua, we have been conditioned by the world to battle the moment we wake up – to face down the challenges or even people who have drawn swords against us.
Indeed there are moments where the warrior within us must rise and battle. However, God doesn’t want us to constantly be in warrior mode. Rather, He intends our stance to be one of worship.
Read | 2 Corinthians 10:4 – 5
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
When Joshua bowed to the chief commander of the Lord’s Host – which can be no other than Jesus – he chose worship over his warrior identity. Choosing worship, Joshua obtained power from high that was mightier than the stout walls of Jericho, which conquered every king and kingdom that lay in his way.
What’s your stance today? That of a warrior or a worshipper?
Our heart’s deep longing is to worship
This ties back to the first point in this series: that we were created to worship God, whether we know it or not! Deep within every individual is an innate desire to hold someone, something, somewhere in deep reverence. That’s just how we’re wired!
Read | John 4:19 – 23
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
Here’s a case in point. When the Samaritan woman at the well perceived Jesus as a prophet, what was the first question she asked? That’s right – where should we worship. And I love the fact that Jesus replied that worship isn’t a place, but a posture. He states that true worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth, as God intended.
We cannot resist the desire to worship because worship has been tailored so deeply into our spirit! Indeed, you can’t fulfil spiritual needs with physical objects. No money in the world can cure a troubled soul. But an hour or two hours with the Lord can – it’s as the psalmist say, our soul yearns and faints for His presence!
Our whole life is worship
Is the very idea of all-day worship tiring?
Don’t worry, it’s not like what you think. Rather, as the Word says, everything we do, do well and unto the Lord. Whether that’s our work, our studies or our attitude. You could be sweeping the floor, writing a book, driving to work – and still be worshipping!
Worship shouldn’t be an item on an agenda. It cannot be confined to a service. Worship must be a fundamental part of life, emerging when we’re thankful, grateful and in awe of His daily blessings and provision.
Read | John 8:29
And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.
Faith is important for any Christian. But I’ve recently learned that faith is a means to an end. Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith, you cannot please God”. When we live in faith, we live in a way that worships God and pleases Him greatly.
Our chief end is to give God the worship that glorifies His character and pleases His heart. Let’s focus our mind on worship – rather than fear and uncertainty – through this season in our lives!
Written by Victor Lau