WHY DO WE WORSHIP GOD?
You shall WORSHIP the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve (Matt. 4:10b) WORSHIP Him who lives forever and ever (Rev 4:10) Come, let us WORSHIP and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD OUR MAKER. For HE IS OUR GOD, and we are the people of His pasture, (Ps 95:6-7)
HOW ARE WE TO WORSHIP GOD?
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPPERS will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH (John 4:23-24). For we are the circumcision, who WORSHIP GOD IN THE SPIRIT, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (Phil. 3:3)
WHY DO WE STAND AND SING?
Then the Levites, of the children of the Korahites, STOOD UP to praise the LORD God Of Israel with VOICES LOUD AND HIGH (2 Chron. 20:19). After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, STANDING before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a LOUD VOICE, saying, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb (Rev. 7-9-10).
WHY DO WE CLAP & LIFT OUR HANDS?
OH CLAP YOUR HANDS, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph (Psalm 47:1)
WHY DO WE HAVE AUDIBLE PRAISE TO GOD?
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name (Ps. 103:1). Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the FRUIT OF OUR LIPS, giving thanks to His name (Heb. 13:15). After these things I heard a LOUD VOICE of a great multitude in heaven, saying, Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power to the Lord our God and I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns (Rev. 19:1, 6)
WHY DO WE SING CHORUSES, SPONTANEOUS SONGS AND HYMNS?
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in PSALMS and HYMNS and SPIRITUAL SONGS, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph.5:18-19).
WHY DO WE USE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICE?
Praise Him with the sound of the TRUMPET; praise Him with the LUTE and HARP! Praise Him with the TIMBREL and dance; praise Him with FLUTES and STRINGED INSTRUMENTS and Praise Him with loud CYMBALS; praise Him with clashing CYMBALS (Ps. 150:3-5). All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the LORD, with CYMBALS, HARPS and LYRES, for the service of the house of God. (1 Chron 25:6) And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists PLAYING THEIR HARPS (Rev. 14:2).
WHAT IS PROPHECY AND HOW IS IT DONE WITH VOICE AND INSTRUMENTS?
But who PROPHESIES speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men (1 Cor. 14:3). Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may PROPHESY (1 Cor. 14:1) Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some …who were to PROPHESY with lyres, harps, and cymbals; and the number of those who performed their service. (1 Chron 25:1) With the harp, he PROPHESIED in giving thanks and praising the LORD. (1 Chron 25:3)
WHY DO WE DANCE DURING PRAISE AND WORSHIP?
You have turned my mourning into DANCING you have clothed me with gladness (Ps. 30:11). Let them praise His name with the DANCE (Ps. 149:3a). Then David DANCED before the LORD with all his might (2 Sam. 6:14). Praise him with drums and DANCE. (Ps 150:4)
WHY DO WE RECEIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS DURING OUR WORSHIP SERVICE?
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the FIRST FRUITS of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty. (Prov 3:9-10) Bring all the TITHES into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (Mal. 3:10). For where your TREASURE is, there will your heart be also. (Matt 6:21) Every man shall GIVE as he is able, ACCORDING to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you (Deut. 16:17). He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who SOWS BOUNTIFULLY shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a CHEERFUL GIVER. (2 Cor 9:6-7)