Sunday, June 20, 2010

Revelation, Response

What is worship?  There are many ways of looking at worship, but I think if I had to boil it down I'd put it this way; worship is our response to God's revelation.  God reveals, we respond.  Hopefully, we respond to Him in appropriate ways that are in line with who He is, and all he's done for us.  That response is called worship.  The first example we see of this kind of worship of Jesus is found in the Christmas Story, Luke 2.

15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
 19-20Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

Put simply, the shepherds get a revelation straight from heaven, and they respond...worship.

So what about you and me?  Do we worship God often, or limit ourselves to a few minutes on Sunday, singing some songs?  Those times on Sunday are great as we join with our local congregation in lifting God's praises, but they should be a starting point, not an ending point.  I must start by looking in the mirror.  As a lead worshipper, do I spend time worshipping God throughout the week?  Do I pause often to consider who He is and all that He's doing in my life and in the world around us?  Worship...

The good news is, God is not don't have to be a great singer.  In fact, singing is just was way of worshipping God.  He is, however, looking for a heart that is worshipping Him...and a life that is following Him.

I think worship starts with thankfulness...God reveals, leading us to be thankful, which leads us to a response...worship.

Take a moment right now and do this;
1) jot some things down about God...who He is, and who He's revealed Himself to be...think about His names
2) then jot some things down that you're thankful for
3) then pause, and worship.  Sing or play a song, draw a picture, say some prayers or praises, take a prayer hike or walk, burn some incense, pick a flower, and thank God...worship Him.

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