Topic: Psalm 34:1 - 3
We must meet three requirements to worship God properly, and there are four ways to express our praise properly.
The first requirement is we must know God. The only way we can get to know God is through His revelation of Himself, which is His Word, the Bible. As we absorb His truths, we learn from and of the Lord. Then our worship can be motivated and directed correctly.
Next, we must be submissive to Him. There is no true praise without obedience. Finally, we must have a pure heart. Since we are human, we are weak and frail. We will make mistakes. But God wants people who understand their weaknesses and are willing to submit to His will and acknowledge they are nothing apart from Him.
The four ways we can properly express our praise is through:
Speaking: We can praise and bless the Lord by telling others about Him or by reading Scripture such as today's verse.
Singing: Some of the most powerful passages of praise are put to music, and we indeed will sing praises to God for eternity in heaven.
Service: It is a contradiction for a believer to say he knows or loves God without offering Him service in some fashion. True faith bears fruit.
Sharing: Another contradiction surfaces when a believer refuses to talk about Jesus with others or to tithe - to give back to God.