Monday, April 27, 2015

What is Worship?

The psalms often were worship songs that the people of God sang as they went up to worship in the temple. Some of the psalms are the basis for many of our hymns and praise songs today. It is cool to think we are singing songs that our brothers and sisters have sung together in worship of God for thousands of years. The psalms teach us there are different aspects of how we worship God, and give Him the praise He deserves. As we have said before, but bears repeating, worship is about God not us! We do not go to church to get something out of it, but to worship God. Ironically, since we are created to worship, we do get something out of it, because this is what we are created to be and do.

There are no forms that make up a list of what is true worship, but the psalm today gives us some aspects to consider.

1. Worship is full of joy and even shouting. We don't have to worry about being staid and emotionless. If we get excited and emotional about everything else in life, why can't we get excited when we worship God?

2. Part of worship is thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for who God is. Thanksgiving for God has done for us in Christ. Thanksgiving for the blessings in our lives through Him.

3. Worship is uplifting God's nature like his omnipotence and omnipresence. Like today the psalm says to us, "your hand is on the depths of the earth", "the peaks belong to him", "and the sea is his for he made it". And, "the Lord is great and a King above all gods." In short if there is something bigger or more powerful than God, then that would be God.

4. Our response to who God is and what God has done for us is to kneel down and worship him. He is our God and we are His people. He is our ultimate shepherd/pastor and our guide. The way we use our body in worship is important because it reflects our heart and soul. Kneeling down is a posture of humility, openness, and awe. Lifting our hands in worship is a way of expressing ourselves upward to heaven. Of course none of these in themselves make true worship. God sees our hearts not the externals, but it is through our body we worship.

So it is not about missing "Church" on Sunday, it is about missing worship. The church doesn't need you to worship and boost it's attendance. But you need God and a place to give him glory, praise and worship on a regular basis! Make sense? I hope you have a place to worship God within the body of Christ. And, of course, you can worship God personally anytime, anywhere!

Psalm 95

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.

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