Worship always brings us to the level of what we worship. In other words, we become what we worship. However, there is a danger that our worship may not be directed to God as the focus and object of it, but can be directed to the need or the problem that we’re asking God to help us with. It is entirely possible that there may be times we unconsciously and unintentionally worship the problem, instead of God.
The line in between is very thin and the determining factor is whether we have a revelation of who God is and if we have a personal experience of that revealed character.
Worshipping the Problem
It all starts when we focus our heart, our spirit, our emotions, our energy, and our eyes on our problems. We’ve been taught to always focus on our needs. It’s always “Me, Myself, and I” or “Give me, give me, give me…”
This is why we eternally pray for things that we believe must be given or provided for us. And this self-centered mindset greatly affects the way we worship God. Instead of worshipping God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), our problems can get in the way, shift our focus, stir up our emotions, and we end up worshipping through our feelings and worshipping the problem itself.
This is also one reason why the Word of God doesn’t change us that often, because when we come to God, we come with soil in our spirits—the soil of the cares of this life, our problems, our offenses, our hurts, our hardened hearts.
True worship is not worshipping our problems and emotions. It is neither worshipping the preacher or worship itself. True worship is worshipping God for who He is and who we see Him to be.
Worshipping God for Who He is
We need to know that God has many different attributes, facets, and personalities, and it is with this understanding that we begin to worship God for who we see Him to be.
When we come into a revelation of one of God’s characteristics, we release ourselves in worship, we release our spirits in the depth of the revelation that we have of who God is. But our worship doesn’t stop there. We must also learn how to channel our revelation of who He is back to Him by worshipping God by how we see Him—our concept of Him, our revelation of Him, our understanding of a specific facet of His nature or personality. So, if we receive a revelation that God is a healer, we need to worship Him and give Him glory as a God who heals.
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) By this we need to understand that worship is something that motivates us to seek God for who He is and the only way we will be accepted by God in our walk with Him is if we continually receive a revelation of who He is.
How do we get that revelation? We need to be receiving a continual rhema word from God of who He is. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word ( Romans 10:17), and if we continually receive a revelation of who God is through His rhema Word, this means we are continually walking in faith. This is what the Bible means when it says, “the just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
We need to learn how to worship with a revelation of who God is through our personal experience of Him, or even ask God to give us a new revelation and walk in the experience of it. Why? Because we cannot worship what we do not know. We cannot worship what we do not love.
So if worship releases God in who we believe Him to be in our lives, the questions we need to be asking ourselves are: “Who is God to me?” and “What revelation of God do I have that will motivate me to worship Him?”