Remember when Jesus was being tempted by Satan in the desert? (Matthew 4:9-10)” And the devil said to Him ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.” Satan wants worship and one of his goals is to get us to worship him.
Worship came from the Greek word “proskuneo” which is pronounced – (pros-koo-neh’-o). ‘Kuneo’ means ‘to kiss’ and ‘Pros’ means ‘toward’ which literally means, to blow a kiss.
Hence, it means to show a literal, physical gesture of acquaintance, friendship, or affection.
Proskuneo is usually translated as ‘worship’ in the bible, meaning much more than a physical gesture. It is also translated as the words or phrases: to bow down, bow down before, bowing down, and bowing before. Many people believe that worship is what we do at the church on a Sunday morning and/or at other times during the week. Some say it is singing religious songs. The truth is, worship – “proskuneo”, is not something we are supposed to do for only an hour or two a week. Proskuneo / worship is a lifestyle; it is submitting yourselves to God.
You may be wondering, “Why is he saying it’s a lifestyle?”
Well, God wants our whole life to be a form of worship, not just a now and then occurrence. Worship has many characteristics. Going to church is just one aspect of worship. True worship can include: prayer, singing, reading and studying the Bible alone or with others, fellowship with other believers, using your God-given gifts and talents to help others, offerings, giving someone an encouraging word, telling someone about Jesus Christ, teaching, living by and living out God’s commands, loving others, etc. All these are just a few pieces of the puzzle called worship.
I consume myself daily with worship music because it is one of the things that help me to get through the day. I listen to the music and sometimes sing praises onto the Lord for most of my waking hours. This is one of the greatest weapons against the enemy. The devil hates worship music because he knows how much God loves it.
God loves worship music so much, that He originally created Lucifer (Satan), a musical being to worship Him.
(Ezekiel 28:12-15) gives a description of Lucifer. It says:
“Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
Tabrets and pipes are musical instruments, which were formed in Lucifer’s being. He was considered the highest of God’s angels, a musician, perfect in wisdom, beautiful beyond description, and on top of all that, he was given this high, exalted position. But, this creation, with all of these wonderful attributes, also had a free will.
Satan was full of pride and wanted to be like God. He wanted the other angels to worship him. So one day, God said to this marvelous creature, “Iniquity is found in you and he was cast out of heaven.”
On the other hand, King David was known as “A man after God’s own heart”. What qualified him to be called a man after God’s heart? After all, David sinned against God and he had his share of struggle in life. He actually – lusted after a woman, committed adultery and even murder. But when he came to his senses, he grieved and repented of his sins and our merciful God forgave him. A wise man explained to me why David was “A man after God’s own heart” this way.
Imagine your hobby is souping up racing cars and you have three children, say three boys. They all grew up and the oldest one became a banker, the second son became an accountant and the youngest became a mechanic, like you. You will love all three children very much because they are all your kids, however, the youngest one, because he shares something that you like to do, he will be the child after your heart. Another example is this: you love to eat cake and you have two daughters. One is a lawyer and the other is a baker. You will adore both of them, but the one who is the baker is the one after your heart, because she makes the best cakes for you to enjoy.
Likewise, David possessed something that God loved.
From a young boy, he used to play the harp and David loved to worship the Lord with songs and praises. He was known as a musician and he wrote most of the Psalms in the bible. There was a time that King David was so intense in worshiping the Lord, that he removed his royal attire, leaving on only a simple linen ephod in public. His wife was apparently offended over her husband wearing a servant’s garment in the view of everyone, bringing double shame. David however, replied that he had danced before God and not before her. (2 Samuel 6:14) “And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” The king was technically “naked” due to not wearing royal clothes in public. David was indeed a true worshiper and he would always do what God wanted him to do. That is why he was known as “A man after God’s heart”.
Singing praises to God is a very powerful way to worship our Lord Yahweh, who made us and His Son, Jesus Christ. Singing praises to Christ ushers us into His presence. I have seen some amazing things happen in our church, right after the worship singing segment of the service. The Holy Spirit moves around the sanctuary and you can feel the presence of God.
We are called to Worship the Lord, to spend the same kind of energy on Him that we would spend at our favorite sport, game or hobby.
I used to jump up a lot for Carnival, but I have since moved away from that and I now jump up and wave for Jesus. I know He sees me and He is pleased. God took the time to make each one of us and to give us what we have. We should be grateful and give Him the praise and worship that He deserves.
(Psalm 100) says:
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.”