God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. – John 4:24 KJV
What is worship?
a) It is a place we go to on special days to sing songs of adoration and praise?
b) It is a set of religious rules we keep to please God
c) It is our body, soul and spirit’s response to God.
Yes, the answer is option c.
Worship is our innermost being responding with praise and adoration for all that God is. It is the feeling of awe, reverence, gratitude, and love toward God resulting from realising who He is and who we are. Worship changes our attitude towards God, ultimately transforming our lifestyle into glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul states in (1 Cor. 10:31), “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Worship is living with a conscious awareness that God’s presence is always with us. Knowing God is with us will keep us from sin and will remind us that sin offends and grieves God. Awareness of His presence will help us guard our thoughts, words, and behaviour. This is a lifestyle of worship to God.
To begin living a life of true worship, we must trust in Jesus Christ as our only Savior and Lord. If we have trusted in Christ and perhaps have drifted off course, we need to come back (repent) and make the Lord our priority. Matthew 5:8 says, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
The second important aspect is understanding that God is spirit- it means that God is limitless and omnipresent. Because of that, we can worship Him anywhere, regardless of time, space and distance. Understanding this helps us be aware of His presence at all times, irrespective of the situation we experience.
Worship also impels us to spend time with the Lord. Our time with the Lord helps us grow in our relationship with Him. A closer walk with the Lord will enable us to discipline ourselves to the purpose of godliness.