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Worship is acknowledging God, praising Him for His greatness and His achievements. It is thanking Him for His love towards us. Worship is reverence paid to God. We should regard Him as sacred and exalted and admit our endless dependence on Him.

Worship is the intimacy we should experience in knowing God. It should be a oneon-one with God. It should be deep meditation, and not the shedding of tears in the church for all to see. “Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’. The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity” (Psalms 96:9-10).

Moses had a one-on-one with God while tending his flock (Exodus chapter 3). Abraham spoke to God when God made a covenant with him. The angel of the Lord appeared to him. So if we worship Him with all our might, He will reward us in due time. Abraham was given a son when his wife Sarah was past the age of bearing children. What lesson do we learn from all this? “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalms 34:7-8).

On many occasions Jesus Christ had a oneon-one with God. He would move to a secluded place to pray to God, to worship the Father. One such incident was when he was with his disciples. He actually withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed. An angel of the Lord appeared to him (Luke 22:38-43).

Let us worship the Father with our hearts and minds, and endeavour to be in deep meditation with Him always.

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Bro Itai Tembo (Sanyati, Zimbabwe)

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