God's Spoken Word
Sis Anne Marie Clarke

As They Went-Keith Moore
from Trinidad

Father GOD, I thank you for today, for breathing your gift of life into me, that I may have another chance to worship you! Thank you FATHER for your Word and Truth, that we may gain your knowledge and wisdom in all matters. Thank you LORD! Hallelujah!

Blessings to you my fellow brethren. What a wonderful day to be in the land of the living! Today I will be sharing on What is worship? “Worship is a Motive!” Be Blessed, Encouraged and Edified!

Worship is not a song or dance or giving of money or attending a church service. A person could perform all of these actions without worshipping. These physical acts are only expressions of worship and we must be careful to not assume that worship is taking place simply because these and other acts are being done. Worship is motive. Worship is love, adoration, reverence and admiration for GOD; It takes place in your heart. It is an internal act that can and should be expressed outwardly. We should not miss the fact that worship is motive. Worship is the reason why we sing, dance, shout, cry or serve.

There are many forms of expressing worship. Standing, kneeling, bowing, singing, shouting, clapping, attending church, studying of the Bible, prayer, serving and obeying GOD are some of them. However, any outward actions that are not accompanied by the inward love, adoration and admiration for GOD is not worship. For example, if a husband purchases a gift as an expression of his love for his wife, she will accept the gift because she believes that he loves her. The gift is not the love; it is only an expression of his love. His love is the reason for the gift; love is motive.

The same is true with worship. It is not the song that is worship; it is worship that causes a person to sing. The song is only an expression of worship. To express is to convey a thought or feeling by words or gestures. To express also means to press out. Therefore, when we sing, our songs should convey what we think or feel about GOD. The song should bring out what is in our hearts. Whatever the expression may be, it is only an expression of worship when it is done to convey love or adoration or exaltation of GOD.

Therefore, a person who sings a gospel song to merely awe the audience is not worshiping – her motive is wrong. The person who dances for the crowd is not worshiping. The preacher who preaches to impress his peers or his audience is not worshiping. Whenever we do anything for GOD out of our love for HIM then whatever we do becomes an act of worship. If we do not see worship as motive and GOD as the person of our worship, then we limit worship to a place and a specific time. This contradicts what JESUS said in John 4.
Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4: 21-24

In HIS discourse with the Samaritan woman, JESUS dealt with both the place and time of worship. Worship will not be on a mountain or in the city; worship will be in spirit and in truth. That means worship is possible wherever there is spirit and wherever there is truth. True worship is not possible without truth. Truth is one of the key elements of worship. A person who is deceived or holds erroneous spiritual beliefs cannot worship in truth. There is no place for his worship – truth is not present.  

The time of worship is not Sunday morning; it is now. Worship is not yesterday nor is it is tomorrow it is now. Worship is present tense. This means that worship must be an ongoing activity of our hearts. We must live worship. Worship must become what we do and who we are. As long as we are alive, we must worship. Worship is not optional. We were created to worship. The person who takes comfort in the fact that he used to worship, and the person who says to himself that he will serve GOD at some later time, are both deceived. The only time we live to worship is now. If it is not current, it is not worship.
Thank you LORD JESUS for your Word and Truth for teaching us how to worship you! Blessed be your Name! Thank you FATHER! Hallelujah!