What is Worship?

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
 
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
(Luke 19:37-38)

Worship. Corporate or individual. In joy or in grief. In singing or in silence. It’s all worship; and yet, because it’s so vast in definition, it can trip us up. So what is worship? Simply put, it’s declaring the greatness of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It’s giving up your own glory to make the Trinity the one glorified. It’s bowing down to be lifted up.

The definition could go on and on. And, while there is much subjective to the topic, we do have solid facts when it comes to worship.

1. Surrendering your life is an act of worship. Giving yourself to God completely and surrendering your life to Him is the ultimate act of worship. He created you, breathed life into you; so making this decision shows Him your love and gratitude.

2. Praying is an act of worship. Putting others first and praying for them is an act of worship. As we pray for them, help them and share our lives with them, we are pleasing God.

3. Singing is just one act of worship. We often associate singing with worship. While they are close cousins, they are not exclusive to worship. From King David dancing in the throne room to us singing loudly in our cars - with music, we can worship anywhere…  and at any time!

4. We are to worship in spirit and truth. True worship begins when our spirit connects with the Lord’s. I have stood in the Sanctuary and have sung the songs, but didn’t put my heart into it. I didn’t connect… but, when I do, it’s the truest and most loving connection between my Father and me.

5. Worship demonstrates our love of the Lord. God craves worship from those that love Him. God is happy when we live good lives but He wants more than that; He is looking for worshippers. He is looking for people who are in love with Him-- so in love with Him that they long to be in His presence and worship Him.

Lord, thank You for creating us with the ability to worship. We ask You to direct our focus only on You, connect our spirits with Yours, and find the best ways to worship each and every day. You have our worship. Amen.

By Carrie Peterson
 
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  

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