Sunday, May 17, 2009

Worship

Revelation 4-5

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to teach seminary for a day. They've made it to Revelation and we were able to spend some time discussing some of the symbolism of John's vision. However, the main point of the lesson was the need we have to worship God. In the past I've struggled with what exactly it means to worship. Here are some of the things I've learned that have helped me.

Webster's definition of worship: honor, devotion, respect, reverence
The definition in True to the Faith: "To worship God is to give Him your love, reverence, service, and devotion."


Scripture references from the Topical Guide:
Deuteronomy 10:12 "serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart"
Matthew 2:2 "we have seen his star and are come to worship him"
2 Nephi 25:29 "worship him with all your might, mind and strength"
Alma 33:3 "prayer or worship"
Alma 34:38 "worship God in whatsoever place ye may be"
D&C 93:19 "know how to worship and know what you worship"

Here are a few quotes:

The temple is a place of worship. Reverence is a supernal form of worship. It is the form of worship that is found in the celestial kingdom. . . . True worship of the Lord in His holy house means that we should enhance our temple experience. We can obtain a rich spiritual experience in the temple by doing the following: First, we must leave the world behind as we enter the temple. Second, we must seek to gain added light and knowledge. (Elder L. Lionel Kendrick)

Sacrament meeting is the most important meeting of the week, the one the Lord has commanded us to attend. It’s a time to worship the Savior. What does that mean, to worship? It means to reverently show love and allegiance to him, to think about him, to honor him, to remember his sacrifice for each of us, and to thank him. In sacrament meeting we often do this through prayer, music, talks, scripture, and our testimony. His Spirit should be there. (Elder W. Mack Lawrence)

Worship "is an individual responsibility, and regardless of what is said from the pulpit, if one wishes to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, he may do so. … If the service is a failure to you, you have failed. No one can worship for you; you must do your own waiting upon the Lord.” (Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Jan. 1978, p. 5.)

We are to worship God with all of our heart, might, mind and strength. (See D&C 4.) We should go to where God is found. We are to worship all of the time and wherever we are, but particularly in church on the Sabbath. Service is a form of worship. Prayer is a form of worship. Singing praises is a form of worship. The more we know God and understand his attributes, the easier it is to worship him.

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