The Ministry of Worship


The Ministry of Worship

Welcome to our ministry especially directed to those who lead the worship in their churches, whether they be called Ministers of Music, Directors of Music, Song Leaders, or whatever. We are developing this site to bless and aid you. Write to us, telling us what you want, and we will try to help you.

This month we are featuring a beautiful lesson on worship that the Lord gave me while serving as a missionary in Germany. On one particular evening, our song leader was leading the congregation in the chorus, "Won't we have a time when we get over yonder." We sung it again and again, trying to recapture some magical moment of the past when the song had brought blessing to us--but the blessing did not come. The worship leader kept yelling, "Worship the Lord!" We continued to sing the chorus over and over. I pounded on the piano louder and louder--but still no moving of the Holy Ghost. "Worship the Lord," the song leader shouted again, but as we continued on this fashion, the Lord spoke plainly to me, "This is NOT worship!"

I was shocked, but determined to dig into the Word of God to discover what true worship is. The most important discovery I found was that true worship is "Worship Unto The Lord." Here is the lesson that God gave me at that time. After studying this lesson, be sure to check out the music ministry links at the bottom of this page!

Worship Unto The Lord

By Dale R. Starks

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said . . . " (Acts 13:2).

The word "ministered" as used in this verse comes from the Greek word "leitourgeo," which means "to worship." Worship is the only ministry which is directed to the Lord alone. Prayer involves some worship, but also intercession for others and petitions for our own needs.

We minister unto the Lord by worshipping Him. Let us always remember that! We do not praise God to be heard by men. Also, keep in mind that since worship is a ministry unto the Lord, we should not worship God for the purpose of receiving material benefits or spiritual blessings from Him. He has already done enough to deserve all our praise and worship!

We are commanded to worship God, but it must be in spirit and in truth:

". . . Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" (Matthew 4:10).

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

The word "worship" comes from the Greek word "proskuneo," which means to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand. It means to prostrate one's self, or to make one's self low. It also means to reverence and adore.

The deepest form of worship is praise and adoration to God for what He is. There are "no strings attached" to this kind of worship. We are not worshipping Him for what we can get out of Him, or because of what He has done for us. Worshipping God for what He has done for us is "thanksgiving." Our worship should include thanksgiving, but we must not forget to praise and adore Him because of what He is!

In a future lesson we will discover that we can also refer to this kind of worship as "high praises." Examples of "high praises" will be given from the Word of God in that lesson.

SEVEN WORDS FOR "PRAISE"

The word "praise" as found in the Bible was translated from seven different words, six of them Hebrew, and the other New Testament word is Greek.

1. yadah: to revere or worship with extended hands

2. halal: to shine, to make a show, to boast, to rave, to commend, glory

3. tehillah: to sing a hymn of praise

4. zamar: to make music, to praise with song and music, sing forth praises

5. towdah: worship and adoration with extension of hands, especially a choir of worshippers

6. shabach: to praise with a loud voice.

7. ainesis: the act of praising God, an offering of praise.

The following are examples where the word "praise" was translated from one of these seven words. The student should look up each verse of Scripture in his Bible to note the full meaning:

1. yadah: Psalm 9:1; 138:1; Isaiah 12:1, 4

2. halal: Psalm 22:22; Psalm 111:1; Psalm 150

3. tehillah: Psalm 22:25; Psalm 34:1; Psalm 100:4

4. zamar: Psalm 21:13

5. towdah: Psalm 50:23; Title of Psalm 100

6. shabach: Psalm 63:3

7. ainesis: Romans 15:11; Revelation 19:5; Hebrews 13:15

The Bible also teaches us to clap our hands unto the Lord (Psalm 47:1).

WE ARE A SPIRITUAL PRIESTHOOD

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood . . ." (I Peter 2:9).

"Ye also, as lively (living) stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priest- hood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (I Peter 2:5).

One of the main duties of the Old Testament priest was to offer up the proper sacrifices unto the Lord. We are spiritual priests. We do not offer up animals and fruits unto the Lord. We offer worship out of a pure heart unto the Lord.

"For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts" (Malachi 1:11).

EXAMPLES OF THE POWER OF PRAISE

1. Dedication of Solomon's Temple:

"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God" (II Chronicles 5:13-14).

The glory of God did not fill the temple until the musicians and singers began to praise God in one mind and one accord--even though the temple was already finished, and all of the pieces of furniture were in their proper place. This teaches us that we can have everything in proper place in our lives, but we must worship God if we want to experience His glorious presence.

2. Judah's Victory Over Their Enemies:

"And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten" (II Chronicles 20:22).

Several nations of Israel's enemies joined together to fight against Judah. Judah was greatly outnumbered. Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, proclaiming a fast throughout all Judah. The spirit of the LORD came upon one of the Levites, who prophesied that the Lord would give them the victory. They would not even have to fight for it!

Singers were appointed to worship and praise the LORD, and as they did so, God fought for Judah and defeated their enemies. This teaches us that in the time of temptations, trials, etc., we can have the victory by praising and worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Paul and Silas Experiences Victory in Prison:

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bands were loosed" (Acts 16:25-26).

Paul and Silas had been cast into prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of moaning and groaning, they got their minds off themselves, and begin to sing praises unto their God. God sent a spiritual (and physical) earthquake. Because of this move of the Holy Spirit, Paul baptized the jailor and his household. (Acts 16:27-33)

THE BENEFITS OF A LIFE OF PRAISE

1. Praise decentralizes self. We get our mind off of our own selves and our problems when we minister to the Lord in true worship.

2. God's presence is continually with us (Psalm 22:3).

3. We will be spiritually fat (Psalm 63:3-7).

4. We can wear the garment of praise, or the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)

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Visit these other great SGM Music Ministry links:

Marshall & Vani Francis

Marshall and Vani are the spiritual grandchildren of Dale and Josephine Starks. They received the Holy Ghost and were baptized in Jesus' name under the ministry of Pastor T. A. Leow, Superintendent of the churches in the nation of Malaysia. They are completely dedicated to the work of God. As we write this, they are in the United States ministering, and are being used of God in a great way, not just to minister in song, but by the dynamic anointing that is upon their ministry of God's Word, and their personal testimonies. Click on their picture to go to their web site to hear them sing, and read their testimonies!

The Music Room

Over the past year, The Music Room has had the most visitors, attracting thousands to hear more than sixty songs, both from CD's, and midi files. Many of the songs, including praise choruses, have the words for you to sing along, or learn for use in your church. We are continually adding new songs to this web site. Click here to enter.

SGM Internet Radio

SGM Internet Radio has been our second most popular site. Besides the powerful sermons you will find here, you can choose to listen to Christian music by many artists. A large portion of these are our own apostolic singers and musicians, including Murrell Ewing, Hal Kennedy, Vesta Mangun, Mickey Mangun, Tim Freeman, The Alexandria Sanctuary Choir, the Louisiana All-State Choir, and Marshall and Vani. Click here to go directly to the SGM Internet Radio.
We thank God for visitors to this site beginning with October 13, 1999.

Return to SGM Home Page (Index)

Worship

The Ministry of Worship

Welcome to our ministry especially directed to those who lead the worship in their churches, whether they be called Ministers of Music, Directors of Music, Song Leaders, or whatever. We are developing this site to bless and aid you. Write to us, telling us what you want, and we will try to help you.

This month we are featuring a beautiful lesson on worship that the Lord gave me while serving as a missionary in Germany. On one particular evening, our song leader was leading the congregation in the chorus, "Won't we have a time when we get over yonder." We sung it again and again, trying to recapture some magical moment of the past when the song had brought blessing to us--but the blessing did not come. The worship leader kept yelling, "Worship the Lord!" We continued to sing the chorus over and over. I pounded on the piano louder and louder--but still no moving of the Holy Ghost. "Worship the Lord," the song leader shouted again, but as we continued on this fashion, the Lord spoke plainly to me, "This is NOT worship!"

I was shocked, but determined to dig into the Word of God to discover what true worship is. The most important discovery I found was that true worship is "Worship Unto The Lord." Here is the lesson that God gave me at that time. After studying this lesson, be sure to check out the music ministry links at the bottom of this page!

Worship Unto The Lord

By Dale R. Starks

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said . . . " (Acts 13:2).

The word "ministered" as used in this verse comes from the Greek word "leitourgeo," which means "to worship." Worship is the only ministry which is directed to the Lord alone. Prayer involves some worship, but also intercession for others and petitions for our own needs.

We minister unto the Lord by worshipping Him. Let us always remember that! We do not praise God to be heard by men. Also, keep in mind that since worship is a ministry unto the Lord, we should not worship God for the purpose of receiving material benefits or spiritual blessings from Him. He has already done enough to deserve all our praise and worship!

We are commanded to worship God, but it must be in spirit and in truth:

". . . Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" (Matthew 4:10).

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

The word "worship" comes from the Greek word "proskuneo," which means to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand. It means to prostrate one's self, or to make one's self low. It also means to reverence and adore.

The deepest form of worship is praise and adoration to God for what He is. There are "no strings attached" to this kind of worship. We are not worshipping Him for what we can get out of Him, or because of what He has done for us. Worshipping God for what He has done for us is "thanksgiving." Our worship should include thanksgiving, but we must not forget to praise and adore Him because of what He is!

In a future lesson we will discover that we can also refer to this kind of worship as "high praises." Examples of "high praises" will be given from the Word of God in that lesson.

SEVEN WORDS FOR "PRAISE"

The word "praise" as found in the Bible was translated from seven different words, six of them Hebrew, and the other New Testament word is Greek.

1. yadah: to revere or worship with extended hands

2. halal: to shine, to make a show, to boast, to rave, to commend, glory

3. tehillah: to sing a hymn of praise

4. zamar: to make music, to praise with song and music, sing forth praises

5. towdah: worship and adoration with extension of hands, especially a choir of worshippers

6. shabach: to praise with a loud voice.

7. ainesis: the act of praising God, an offering of praise.

The following are examples where the word "praise" was translated from one of these seven words. The student should look up each verse of Scripture in his Bible to note the full meaning:

1. yadah: Psalm 9:1; 138:1; Isaiah 12:1, 4

2. halal: Psalm 22:22; Psalm 111:1; Psalm 150

3. tehillah: Psalm 22:25; Psalm 34:1; Psalm 100:4

4. zamar: Psalm 21:13

5. towdah: Psalm 50:23; Title of Psalm 100

6. shabach: Psalm 63:3

7. ainesis: Romans 15:11; Revelation 19:5; Hebrews 13:15

The Bible also teaches us to clap our hands unto the Lord (Psalm 47:1).

WE ARE A SPIRITUAL PRIESTHOOD

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood . . ." (I Peter 2:9).

"Ye also, as lively (living) stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priest- hood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (I Peter 2:5).

One of the main duties of the Old Testament priest was to offer up the proper sacrifices unto the Lord. We are spiritual priests. We do not offer up animals and fruits unto the Lord. We offer worship out of a pure heart unto the Lord.

"For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts" (Malachi 1:11).

EXAMPLES OF THE POWER OF PRAISE

1. Dedication of Solomon's Temple:

"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God" (II Chronicles 5:13-14).

The glory of God did not fill the temple until the musicians and singers began to praise God in one mind and one accord--even though the temple was already finished, and all of the pieces of furniture were in their proper place. This teaches us that we can have everything in proper place in our lives, but we must worship God if we want to experience His glorious presence.

2. Judah's Victory Over Their Enemies:

"And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten" (II Chronicles 20:22).

Several nations of Israel's enemies joined together to fight against Judah. Judah was greatly outnumbered. Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, proclaiming a fast throughout all Judah. The spirit of the LORD came upon one of the Levites, who prophesied that the Lord would give them the victory. They would not even have to fight for it!

Singers were appointed to worship and praise the LORD, and as they did so, God fought for Judah and defeated their enemies. This teaches us that in the time of temptations, trials, etc., we can have the victory by praising and worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Paul and Silas Experiences Victory in Prison:

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bands were loosed" (Acts 16:25-26).

Paul and Silas had been cast into prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of moaning and groaning, they got their minds off themselves, and begin to sing praises unto their God. God sent a spiritual (and physical) earthquake. Because of this move of the Holy Spirit, Paul baptized the jailor and his household. (Acts 16:27-33)

THE BENEFITS OF A LIFE OF PRAISE

1. Praise decentralizes self. We get our mind off of our own selves and our problems when we minister to the Lord in true worship.

2. God's presence is continually with us (Psalm 22:3).

3. We will be spiritually fat (Psalm 63:3-7).

4. We can wear the garment of praise, or the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)

Visit these other great SGM Music Ministry links:

Marshall & Vani Francis

Marshall and Vani are the spiritual grandchildren of Dale and Josephine Starks. They received the Holy Ghost and were baptized in Jesus' name under the ministry of Pastor T. A. Leow, Superintendent of the churches in the nation of Malaysia. They are completely dedicated to the work of God. As we write this, they are in the United States ministering, and are being used of God in a great way, not just to minister in song, but by the dynamic anointing that is upon their ministry of God's Word, and their personal testimonies. Click on their picture to go to their web site to hear them sing, and read their testimonies!

The Music Room

Over the past year, The Music Room has had the most visitors, attracting thousands to hear more than sixty songs, both from CD's, and midi files. Many of the songs, including praise choruses, have the words for you to sing along, or learn for use in your church. We are continually adding new songs to this web site. Click here to enter.

SGM Internet Radio

SGM Internet Radio has been our second most popular site. Besides the powerful sermons you will find here, you can choose to listen to Christian music by many artists. A large portion of these are our own apostolic singers and musicians, including Murrell Ewing, Hal Kennedy, Vesta Mangun, Mickey Mangun, Tim Freeman, The Alexandria Sanctuary Choir, the Louisiana All-State Choir, and Marshall and Vani. Click here to go directly to the SGM Internet Radio.
We thank God for visitors to this site beginning with October 13, 1999.

Return to SGM Home Page (Index)

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