The first manifestation of faith is worship. True Worship recognises, declares, submits to the authority of the one who is being worshipped. This is why faith and worship are governmental issues, they demonstrate who rules or governs our lives.
Whatever you worship governs your life. Anything or anyone we worship outside Christ will enslave us. Christ is the only one we can worship and experience freedom at the same time as submission. We see this with Mary Magdalene at the tomb when she saw Jesus after He had risen from the dead and also with Peter and his friends after the storm that Jesus took authority over in the boat;
“And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” Matthew 14:25-33 RSV
As soon as Peter believed, he and the disciples with Him worshipped. This is a true example of how Worship is the response to faith.
Faith is the gateway for Worship which allows the peace of God to govern our hearts overcoming every fear, anxiety and stress. When Thomas met Jesus after His resurrection his faith replaced his skepticism, he worshipped Him and so he was able to receive Jesus Peace. In John’s Gospel we read; “Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” John 20:26-29 ESV
Let the peace of God reign in your heart and worship him by faith today!