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God deserves our BEST.When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a giftthe best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. (Genesis 4:3-5)We have DIRECT connection to God.We need to hold on to our declaration of faith: We have a superior chief priest who has gone through the heavens. That person is Jesus, the Son of God. (Hebrews 4:14-16, GWT)Come to SERVE a HOLY God.Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, NIV)Worship in Spirit and Truth.For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)Posture

Posture: Eyes to GodI lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven. We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy, for we have had our fill of contempt. (Psalm 123:1-3)Posture: Hands raisedLift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the LORD.Psalm 134:2Posture: Dance!Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing;Praise Him with strings and flutes!Praise Him with a clash of cymbals;Praise Him with loud clanging cymbals.Let everything that has breath praise the LordHallelujah!Psalm 150:4-6Justice and MercyWhen you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. (Isaiah 1:15)

Why Worship?Worship is a RESPONSE.THANK God for all He has done.Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. ... O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! (1 Chronicles 29:11-14)Why Worship?Worship is a RESPONSE.Praising and Adoring who God is.Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne. And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased. (Revelation 4:8-11)