Helping Believers Worship In Spirit And in Truth

How do you make people worship? The short answer is, you can’t. That being said, a worship leader or worship pastor should strive to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to worship. In order to answer the question, “how do you help people worship,” it will be helpful to look at some basic biblical facts.

Worship is about ascribing to God His worth (1 Chronicles 16:27-29; 2 Kings17:36). First off, worship is not even about us to begin with. Worship is about God.

Worship is ultimately for God, not us. The point here is that worship is not about what pleases us, what we like, or even what we’re comfortable with. Worship is a response of humility, gratitude, and joy to His greatness (Psalm 100; Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 51:11). God severely warns against anything but God-worship, admitting that our hearts can be deceived away from Himself (Deuteronomy 8:19; Deuteronomy 11:6).


In order to worship, people must see God. Praise or worship occurs as a response to who God is. For example, God is king; we must worship (Psalm 22:27). God made us; we must worship (Psalm 95:6). God is holy; we must worship (Psalm 96:9). God chose us and justified us (Romans chs. 1-11); we must worship (Romans12:1). God is holy and righteous; we must worship (Revelation 15:4). We “worship with reverence and awe,” because of the character and person of God (Hebrews12:28).


Worship is purposeful (Gen. 22:5; Judges 5:3; Psalm 9:1). Worship must be intentional. True worship involves the Spirit (John 4:23-24), because He can help us worship.