Worship cannot be learned

When Moses saw the revelation of God’s glory—that He is good, loving, caring, gracious,a

When Moses saw the revelation of God’s glory—that He is good, loving, caring, gracious, forgiving—he quickly fell to his knees and worshiped. “Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped” (Exodus 34:8).

The revelation of God’s nature overwhelmed this man. He saw how merciful, long-suffering and patient God is with His children, including stiff-necked people, idolaters and those who grieve him. Moses was so stirred by this revelation that he ran out from behind the rock, fell down and worshiped Him!

It is important to note that this is the first mention ever of Moses worshiping. Prior to this revelation of God’s glory, we find Moses praying and interceding, weeping and pleading with God for Israel, talking with Him face to face. We hear him singing the Lord’s praises on the victory side of the Red Sea and calling on the Lord at the bitter waters of Marah. And we hear his desperate cry to God at Rephidim, when the people were ready to stone him for not providing water. But this is the first time we read the words, “Moses worshiped.”

I believe this one verse tells us much about the church today. It says a Christian can pray diligently without ever really worshiping. Indeed, it’s possible to be a prayer warrior and intercessor and still not be a worshiper of God. You can plead for your unsaved children, pray for the needs of an entire church, be holy and meek in seeking God’s burden—and yet never truly worship Him!

I don’t want to add to the multitude of definitions of what it means to worship. There are already too many books published on the various techniques of worship. But, in short, I will say this: worship cannot be learned! It is a spontaneous outbreak, the act of a heart overwhelmed by a revelation of God’s glory and His incredible love.

Worship is a response of gratitude. It recognizes how we should have been destroyed by our sin long ago, incurring the full wrath of God for all our failures and faults but, instead, God came to us with the powerful revelation, “I still love you!”

At this point, Moses was no longer pleading for sinful Israel and he was not asking the Lord for guidance. He was not crying out for a miracle of deliverance, or for power, or for wisdom. He was marveling at the revelation of the glory of God!

60 thoughts on “Worship cannot be learned

  1. This is great. Worship cannot really be learned it is an inner burned feelings that will overwhelm you when you see His glory manifesting. Thank you for such excellent post.

  2. Spontaneous, resulting from revelation… So accurate. When those “God shots” occur-can’t help but rejoice in praise. But, I know I can improve here. Thanks for the post. Have a groovy day in God!

  3. i absolutely agree that worship can not be learned and Christian can pray diligently without ever really worshiping. Many people ask for everything in their prayers, and almost all requests focused on human needs. True worship always focuses on the majesty of God as God, not God as the only provider of all of our requests.
    Great post, dear 🙂 Jesus bless you

  4. This post is very good. It is important to understand the truth of John 17:3, which relates to “intimacy” with God, in its highest aspect of “intimacy.” Relate that verse to John 4:1, and Matthew 1:24-25. Consider the word “know” in each passage; it refers to personal intimacy, “in its highest aspect of “intimacy.” It’s not a doing, but a “knowing/relating.” which God desires of us. That is a relationship that applies to worship. Here is a question. Did we have to “learn” how to love our mate?

    Senior Pastor/Equipping The Saints
    Philip 3:10, “That I Might Know Him”

  5. I agree that worship cannot be learned, it is an experiential gift from God!
    We can demo it, explain it. But, until you open up yourself fully to God and experience it: you cannot know it.

  6. Double wow. so true. Revelation of who God really is will melt everything within us. A person becomes a blubbering nothing in the face of God’s perfection. May he reveal it to me to us, in this our time on earth. VW

  7. Wonderful post Neeky! Good things to think about. When we pray are we worshiping as well? Good food for thought–I would have always assumed that the answer is yes, of course!

  8. We have a connection here, was just reading you while your read me…..Maybe it´s the MAN upstairs.

    Quite interesting what you said about Moses and the concept that worshiping can not be learned that comes from the revelation of yourself with God, believing in him.

    As always eye opening. And very interesting.

    1. You know your words means a lot to me! You are truly a great person and so kind! I’m so so so happy that you liked my post! Your words really encourages me! I appreciate your kind support! Your comment gives a smile on my face dear! May God showers you with His abundant blessings!

  9. So true n an excellent post! Simply loved this post! Yup. Worship can’t be learned! I’m agree with all comments here! A beautiful post!

    1. Thanks so much my friend for your encouraging words of support! your words means a lot to me! I truly appreciate your kind support! you are a kind and a sweet person! God bless you abundantly!

  10. Wow… this incredible writing shines God’s love from every word, through you! How wonderful this is! Right from the title onward through every word my heart sings Amen Sister! It cannot be taught. This sentence of yours is incredible: “It is a spontaneous outbreak, the act of a heart overwhelmed by a revelation of God’s glory and His incredible love.” Beautiful beautiful writing Neeky, and you bless us with your shining heartful of God. Thank you!!! Blessings, Gina

    1. Much much and much thanks to you dear…your beautiful and kind words means a lot to me! Your comment on my post made my day! I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you dear for making my day happier! God bless you abundantly!

  11. God recently began ministering this to me and I agree 100%. It is in that moment when you realize how minuscule you are compared to God and yet still he chooses to love you instead of destroy you that you can surrender all, bow in His presence and worship Him!

    1. Isn’t it amazing dear? God is so great! Thank you for visiting my blog …it’s a very kind support! I’m so glad you liked the post! God is always with you! May He continue to bless you in whatever you do!

  12. I read the title of this post and was already composing in my mind a counter-argument, based on the importance of our example on teaching children to pray, etc. But after reading, I see your message and totally agree! Worship is a feeling from the heart and soul, and it cannot be taught. Thanks for the enlightening post, and for following me as well. Gail at Making Life An Art

  13. It seems to me that worship is what we are in heart rather than a particular act. The expression of worship may vary from person to person and from time to time but its root is in a heart where Christ truly lives and reigns. Those special moments are a foretaste of what lies ahead.

  14. Worship cannot be learned indeed. In fact Isaiah 43;21 says, “The people I formed for myself shall declare my praise”.
    We were created to praise God. That is how God created us.
    It is possible to be a prayer warrior but not worship!!! That is scary indeed. There needs to be a conscious decision to direct praise to God. If not then our praise is going somewhere else….Great post Neeky!


  15. Thank you for your like of my music worship video, “Old Friends.” You are a very special saint of encouragement.

  16. Thank you for your like of my post on, “The Day Of Preparation – The Lord’s Sabbath Day.” Your approval is greatly appreciated. You are a blessing.

  17. He was not crying out for a miracle of deliverance, or for power, or for wisdom. He was marvelling at the revelation of the glory of God! Something David caught early in his life and devoted the rest of his life to. Worship truly is an acknowledgement of who He is and a desire to know Him more. How wonderful would it be to reach the moment where we join the Seraphim in crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory. (Isaiah 6:3; Revelations 4:8).

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