Philip Wagner

1. Worship involves Surrender of Our Lives.
 Romans 12:1  “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.”
2. Worship is Putting Our Focus on Him
True worship is based on the desire to honor God.  It requires a personal revelation of God as found in the scriptures.  Worship is not based on my likes or dislikes.  It is not based on my personal preferences or priorities.  It is a focus on Him.
3. Worship Involves ‘Getting Out of the Way’
We have to learn to remove our worries, our opinion, our questions and ourselves–so we can worship with appropriate honor.  It’s letting go.  Sometimes, we get in the way of our own experience of genuine worship.
4. Worship Involves Personal Sacrifice
Praise can be easier when times are good or we have had the big victory.  It requires a sacrifice of our own feelings and fears so we can give Him the focus He deserves.  “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.  Hebrews 13:15
5. We must worship in the Face of Pain and Loss
After King David’s baby died, the Bible tells us–
“Then David got up from the ground.  After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshipped.  2 Samuel 12:20
6. Worship is Celebrating Who God Is and What He Has Done    
          Psalm 100

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