Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What is Worship?

Worship is all that we are, responding to all that God has revealed Himself to be, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Or, to put it even more simply,
"Worship is responding to God's revelation."

Worship was initiated by God. He gives us breath and life so that we might glorify Him. He gives us a share in His glory, so that we can return it and make much of Him. He gives us songs to sing so that we can sing them back to Him.

He reveals Himself to us through creation, through His Son, through His Spirit, through His grace, through His actions, through His Word, through His voice and whispers, through the cross, through His covenant, through each other (who are made in His image), through music and song, through laughter and tears, through the stars and the moon, through a sunset or sunrise, through a hurricane or earthquake, through miracles, through those who persevere under intense trials, through simple faith. God reveals Himself to us. We respond and that is worship.

Worship is singing, but not only
Worship is praying, but not only
Worship is serving in His name, but not only
Worship is lifting hands or dancing, but not only
Worship is drawing and painting, but not only

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30).

The greatest commandment, the one greater than all others, is to worship God.

How? In all ways. When? At all times.

Heart - worship Him with passion and emotion
Mind - worship Him with knowledge and understanding
Soul - worship Him with conviction
Strength - worship Him with actions and service

So then, the great question should never be "how was worship?" The question should be "are you worshipping?" Or better yet, "is my worship an appropriate response to all that God has revealed?" Or are you holding back? God has held nothing back from us...let us worship Him, holding nothing back from Him.

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