Although we are a church, the Omaha Hub was established ten years ago as a house of worship and prayer and equipping center and because of that, it seems appropriate that my first blog should address the subject of worship which continues to be the foundation and strength of the Hub today. Worship and prayer, I believe, must be the support system of any organization that truly longs to serve and obey God, and without worship and prayer, the structure will eventually crumble. Worship, the Word and prayer are the strength and heart of the church.
I want to take a few minutes to talk about the meaning of worship. “Worth-ship” is the Hebrew word for worship and because it is based on worth, we worship Jesus Who alone is worthy of all praise. Consequently, since worship means “worth-ship” it is not about the songs we sing or about the worship leader. Worship has nothing to do with the people who stand on the stage or their giftedness but it is only about a relationship with Jesus expressed through true worship, which comes from the heart of the individual. Consequently, in a gathering, corporate worship can only go as far as each of our own personal worship has brought us. When a true heart of worship unites with others in worship, God’s presence continues to fill the room with the greater Glory.
Let’s begin with a scripture that gives us an understanding of personal worship. The Message Bible says that we are to find a place to be alone with God. It is our place of fellowship with Him, and it is our place to be REAL! It is here in this place that our hearts are transformed, healed and then, drawn to deeper worship of the Father and His Son.
"Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace." MESSAGE
"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." NAS
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." KJV
It is important to note that throughout history the word “closet” has progressed to mean different things. In the Greek, the word “closet” is translated “tameion” and was used to depict a secret place where one would hide their most valuable possessions. As time progressed, the word came to describe a secret place where a person would put money or treasure such as a safety deposit box. It represented a place so secure that no one would be able to break-in to disrupt or steal these valuable possessions. (GEMS)
It has evolved this way: Closet meant a secret place where one would hide his prized possessions to later meaning a secure deposit box or vault to the New Testament definition where the word describes a bedroom. (GEMS)
The word has has evolved from a secret hiding place for possessions to a vault to a bedroom. Interesting, right?
As we know, a bedroom is a secret place where a treasured relationship takes place between a husband and wife. Consequently, the word “Tameion” eventually came to describe the most private place you have and becomes a space you create in order to be alone with the one you love. Matt. 6:6 conveys the idea of a private relationship with the Father in worship and prayer.
In closing, we can say that worship is the divine romance between the one singing and the one to whom the praises are given in the secret place of our heart. That is why your private secret place of worship is so important as it translates into the corporate worship and together as family it erupts in praise and worship that first implodes in our hearts and then explodes corporately to a lost and dying world. His bride magnifies Jesus, and then, He, the bridegroom, is ushered into the room in greater glory as worship is centered in on the One True God worthy of all our praise.
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“ HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO [e]IS TO COME.”
9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “ Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they [f]existed, and were created.”