038 – Worship – Spiritual Disciplines Series

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How do you worship God? What is your definition of worship? Is your worship restricted to an once a week church service? How often do you consider the discipline needed to truly worship God?

Today’s podcast will help you understand real worship. Many know that the Bible describes a worship that takes place in spirit and truth (John 4:23). However, how many really know what that means? Many lack to discipline necessary to truly worship God – that’s right, it requires discipline.

In today’s podcast episode I will continue the book review series of Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life by Donald Whitney. As a result of overwhelming response to my 2014 reader survey, I want to focus on the challenges of personal spiritual growth. Literally, 100% of those that participated in my readers survey selected personal spiritual growth as a challenge in their life. With that, I’m diving into a very influential book that offers practical application.

Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life by Donald Whitney has been powerfully impactful on my personal spiritual growth. I’m convinced it will help you as well. I encourage you to get a copy, read it, and begin to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness (1 Timothy 4:7).

Book Notes:

We were created to worship. In fact, we will naturally worship something – career, possessions, family, money, etc. The Bible says we are to worship God.

Matthew 4:10 – “Worship the Lord your God.”

Psalm 95:6 – “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel down before the Lord our Maker.”

  1. Worship is… focusing on and responding to God
    • “To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to approach and address God as He is worthy.”
    • “The more we focus on God, the more we understand and appreciate How worthy He is.”
    • “So worship is focusing on and responding to God.”
    • “To the degree we truly comprehend what God is like, we will respond to Him in worship.”
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    • “The Bible reveals God to us so that we may worship Him.”
    • “We are not worshiping if we are not thinking about God.”
  2. Worship is… done in spirit & truth
    • “Before we can worship in spirit and truth we must have within us the One whose name is the Holy Spirit and the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17)
    • “To worship God in spirit is to worship from the inside out.”
    • “If it isn’t sincere then it isn’t worship, it’s hypocrisy.”
    • Great illustration from John Piper on page 90
    • “Meditation on the truth, rightly done, can kindle the emotions of worship.”
    • “Should we stop attending worship or discontinue daily devotions if we can’t seem to maintain the proper balance of spirit and truth? NO!”
  3. Worship is… expected both publicly & privately
    • Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.
    • “Christianity is not an isolationist religion.”
    • Luke 5:16 – “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
    • “How is it possible to worship God publicly once each week when we do not worship Him privately throughout the week?”
    • “We minimize our joy when we neglect the daily worship of God in private.”
    • “Think of it: The Lord Jesus Christ is willing to meet with you privately for as long as you want, and He is willing – even eager – to meet with you every day!”
  4. Worship is… a discipline to cultivate
    • “To worship God throughout a lifetime requires discipline.”
    • “People become like their focus. We emulate what we think about.”
    • “So don’t be surprised that you need help in the development of the Disciplines that lead to Christlikeness, and don’t be afraid to ask for it.”
    • “Describing modern man, one has written, “He worships his work, works at his play, and plays at his worship.” In defiance of this, will you cultivate the Discipline of worship?”
  5. Concluding application challenges
    • “Will you commit yourself to the Discipline of daily worship?”
      • A. W. Tozer – “ If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week.”
    • “Will you put actual worship into your acts of worship?”
      • “The act of worship without actual worship is a miserable, hypocritical experience.”
      • “The Spiritual Discipline of publicly and privately worshiping God is one of the means He has given us to receive the grace to grow I Christlikeness.”


Links to resources mentioned in today’s podcasts:


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