If you’ve been in the church for a while, it can be very easy to correlate the word ‘worship’ with singing songs of praise. However, if you really read the Bible for yourself and dig into what worship really means in the bigger picture of who God is and what He wants from us, you will find that worship is so much more than the act of singing songs to God.
Now, don’t get me wrong… singing songs of praise is an extremely important discipline that is used all throughout scripture. Heck, there’s an entire book of the Bible solely dedicated to hymns, poems, and prayers. So, I do not think that we should belittle this act. However, it would be silly of us to be so close-minded to think that this is the only way to worship God.
We know from Scripture that God commands us to have no other idols (i.e., Leviticus 26:1, Exodus 20:3-6). In other words, there should be no aspect of our lives that takes precedence over God. These idols can come about in our lives in many different ways. Our jobs, our schools, our GPAs, our phones, our families, or even our church. Every one of these have the possibility of coming before God, and we as Christians MUST be careful not to let that happen. That is our worship.
Our acts of worship can come down to how we live our lives… how we show God that He is important. Are you making your relationship with God the most important aspect of your life? Are you bringing God with you into your work? Your school? Your family? What is stopping you?
“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15 ESV)
Today in Prayer
Worship In Truth: John 4:21-24
- Pray that you would eagerly seek the Truth in His word so that you will be able to recognize Him as Truth.
- Pray that you worship in Spirit and in Truth, and that you would recognize the need for both, equally.
“To worship God “in truth” is to worship God, not as we think Him to be, not as we hope Him to be, not as we’d like Him to be, but as He is. When people “see God” as He is, worship happens.” ~Dr. B.H.Leafblad