Worship Is Acclamation, Approachability, and Availability

Part of the dynamic of acclamation is the element of confession. But this kind of confession includes declaring or admitting to one’s lowliness, frailty, or imperfection, especially in relation to the majesty and greatness of God. Jeremiah did this when he confessed, “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child” (Jeremiah 1:6).

Acclaim also includes praise, acknowledgement, and thanksgiving. Note the following example from 1 Chronicles 29:20: “Then David said to the whole assembly, ‘Praise the Lord your God.’ So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the Lord and the king.”

Worship is also an approach. This is the desire of those encountered by God wanting to approach Him. Where there is growing understanding of the heart of God, even despite His majesty, perfection and glory, true worshipers will respond to God’s invitation to draw near to Him. This is both an Old and New Testament phenomena.

King David, through his psalms, is known for this. For example, he declares …

  • Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chron 16:10-11).

  • One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, . . . and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4).

  • Bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth (Psalm 96:8b-9).

  • Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations (Psalm 100:1-5).

The blind man healed by Jesus exhibits the same sort of desire to approach Jesus: “So they called to the blind man, ‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’ Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him. The blind man said, ‘Rabbi, I want to see.’ ‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you’” (Mark 10:49-52).

The Letter to the Hebrews gives the same sort of admonition to draw near: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, . . . [So] Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Finally, worship is availability. The Apostle Paul considered his entire assignment to proclaim the Gospel to the Gentiles a dimension of his worship, and his availability for it was a dynamic of his worship-way-of-life. He believed that “. . . the grace God gave [was the grace] to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God . . .” (Romans 15:15-16).

Where an individual or community of believers are maturing in their worship-walk with God they demonstrate readiness and availability to do the outward God-motivated actions of the worship life.

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