The Necessity of KNOWING GOD in Worship

By on June 15, 2014

13871_623491694357111_1627709867_nIt’s essential. It’s foundational. Without it our worship would be like a choir without a song or a Super Bowl without a football team. It is the crucial necessity of intimately knowing the person of God.

In Jesus‘ priestly prayer He said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

If we could pray but one prayer, it should be that we would grow to know and love God more. When those two things are happening, all other aspects of the Christian life – such as prayer, obedience, serving, and giving – grow as a direct result. And that includes our worship life. True worship is grounded in the critical issue of knowing and loving God.

Here’s the problem. . . .

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*This post is an excerpt from Lesson 3, The PERSON We Worship, of my Bible study, Worship and the Word, and part of a monthly series from my book that I’m doing for

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  1. Randi
    June 16, 2014

    This is such a good perspective on personal worship. I am guilty of not being able to “be still”. I come to God with a drive by mentality, I come to God assuming He thinks and reasons like a man, I have no clue how far off I can be. I have always found it to be such a dichotomy that to know God means I must be still before Him. In human relationships, dialog and interaction is how we get to know one another. With God, He already knows me, my knowing Him depends on quieting myself and beholding Him. God is truly “Other” and yet can relate to us better than anyone. Good words today Pam.

    • Pamela Haddix
      June 16, 2014

      You’ve just described every man’s battle, Randi, so you’re not alone! When I catch myself slipping back into a rushed mentality, I stop and pray, “Help me to be still before You now. Still my heart, mind, and soul so I can hear You – and see You – and know You more.” He loves answering and rewarding those prayers, which makes me long to be still before Him again. One of the most helpful things I do during a time of focused stillness and listening is to have my journal and pen in hand to write down anything I feel He’s saying to me. That really helps me to stay focused. It’s a spiritual battle for sure, but so worth the fight!