Many a times when we hear the word ‘worship’ being mentioned somewhere, our mind and thoughts tend to adjust itself to various phenomenon regarding the same. Sometimes our minds define worship as a slow song we usually hear in our Churches or being sang over different platforms, or that moment when our local pastor directed us to pray, or the amount you place in an offering basket, or volunteering in Church ministries like; Sunday school, Youth ministry, Ushering, Choir and so on. But these are just acts or expressions of worship and they do not define what true worship really is.
Webster’s Dictionary, 1828, define worship as to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. In English dictionary; worship is the devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object. Is the religious ceremonies that express this devotion. Furthermore, John Tillotson (1630 – 1694) said that ‘the worship of God an eminent part of religion and prayer is a chief part of religious worship.
In other words, worship is not something we feel or seen through our expressions, is not the name we give some experience that we seek while singing, lifting our hands, closing our eyes or kneeling down. Worship is something we do with our whole of our bodies in all life. That is we can worship God through our speaking, singing, driving, eating, typing and many other ways. We worship God every time we perform an act out of a desire to draw attention to His greatness which has especially revealed in sending His Beloved Son as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.
In simple terms a true worship is defined by the priorities we place on who God is in our lives and where God is in our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness that is obtained through grace. True worship is a valuing or a treasuring of God above all things. When we become Christians we automatically become worshippers of God and the rest of our lives is simply a brief preparation for what will be an eternal occupation; giving God grateful, wholehearted worship which will never be exhausted even in eternity.
Worship is the activity of glorifying God in His presence with our voices and hearts – we should worship all the time, everything we do in our lives should be an act of worship not just that 5 minutes or 30 minutes we are called in Church to worship before the sermon session, it’s not only that time we set aside on Sunday. Worship is the direct expression of our ultimate purpose for living to glorify God and fully enjoy Him forever; it’s the outwardly display of our inward belief and we are commanded to do it and it’s a privilege, honor, proper response to God – He initiates worship by revealing Himself to us, we then respond in worship. And the more we get to know Him, the better we can worship.
Have you ever said or you may have heard someone say. “Hey, have just left Church today and worship was awesome! They had a great band, all these sound instruments, the lighting effects… was just a great experience.” But what made it awesome? And how did worship get awesome? “Hey, today I left Church and worship sucked! They have this singer who was off key, messed up the words, they didn’t have any instrument and they also play tracks from a recorded DVD/CD, I even didn’t know any of the songs…I prefer the one we used to sing back in our village Church…” what make it sucked? And how did worship get sucked?