Hey guys it's Andy...
As most of you who read these probably know, I’m on the worship team at Calvary Rathdrum, so I happen to hear the word “worship” used all the time.
Sometimes its a noun- the honor and reverence that God is due, sometimes a verb- the act of showing that honor and reverence, sometimes an adjective-describing a style of music or type of band, or more often- ‘the part of church service where we sing a couple songs.” Worship is part of our lingo in the Church, to the point where we are almost desensitized to its purpose and lose perspective of its meaning.
So how does God define worship?
Romans 12:1 tells us to offer ourselves up as living sacrifices as an act of spiritual worship, meaning we are to set aside our own desires and glorify God by honoring him above all else.
Another pretty solid example of how worship is to be done is here in Psalms 100:1-4 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
So from that we see some good examples: 1: Verbally glorify God through song 2: Serve God with true gladness, not out of compulsion 3: Acknowledge God’s sovereignty far above us 4: Give thanks to God for his goodness towards us
But the thing is, actions in themselves are meaningless if we have not set our hearts and minds in the right position. No matter what words I sing in a song at church, they are just vibrations of sound waves until I sincerely come before God with the intent of declaring his goodness and his love and his holiness. And because worship comes from the heart and not from the action itself, any form of service that glorifies God is worship. It doesn’t have to just be in the form of song; music and your voice don’t even need to be part of it! You can give glory to God by living in a way that honors him in your everyday life! Remember that a true heart of worship flees sin in effort to bring glory to God.
We worship God because he is God. Not to look like we have it all together, not to show off how good we think we can sing, not to feel better about ourselves. Not at all. Those are exactly NOT the reasons to worship. We worship because we love God. We love God because he died for us while we were still hell-bent on denying, hating, and blaspheming him. Worship is not our acts alone, worship is in the reason behind what we do. The reason is found clearly in Romans 5:8 “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Remember the reason for your worship this Sunday and throughout the week! Love you guys! -Andy