2011-11-11 - Worship
Based on a Youth Service 2008-04-09
What is worship? We are commanded to worship God but what does that mean? What does it mean to you?
According to the dictionary worship can be either a noun or a verb. As a noun it means reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power or an act of expressing such reverence (honor or respect felt or shown, profound adoring awed respect). As a verb it can mean to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power or to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion.
The first half of verse two is a good definition of worship as well. Worship is giving the Lord the glory due him.
Worship is not singing songs. Worship is not going to a building on Sunday mornings. Worship is not listening to a preacher. Worship is not giving your tithes and offerings. Worship is the attitude we have during these actions. You could even say it is the reason we do, or at least should do, these actions.
A musician named Ross King has an incredible song that drives this home to me every time I hear it called "Clear the Stage". It talks about radically changing our lives rather than playing "church". As the song says in the chorus, "You can sing all you want to [but] worship is more than a song." You can search for the video on YouTube or Google the lyrics. Other artists have similar songs and there are many books written on this subject too. The gist of all of them is that God doesn't want your actions; he wants your heart.
Fall in love with God all over again today and praise him for all that he is.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted