What is Worship?
When you hear the word ‘WORSHIP’ what comes to your mind? I was approached a couple of weeks ago and was asked to talk to a couple of young adults in my church about Worship. I do have the privilege of being a facilitator of Worship at my church and when I was asked to talk about it, I had to first pause and ask myself this question… ‘What does it really mean to worship God and what does worship mean?
So I started doing research about ‘WORSHIP’. While on this quest, there are quite a number of things that came to my mind and also I got to discover. Some were obvious and others were quite profound because they are found in the Bible itself. The very WORD of GOD. And I had never really thought about them in the context of WORSHIP.
‘All of life is a Sacred Act of Worship’, I have heard said by my pastor for quite sometime now, but apart from the occasional cliche’ I had never really sat down to think about and internalise it. All of my life, everything that I do and say, has got to bring Glory and Honour to God. WORSHIP.
And so when I was asked about WORSHIP, I had to stop and ask what what aspect of worship should I talk about… Is it in the SINGING sense of things or is it in the LIVING sense of things?
Clearly it was in the living sense of things and so that is the approach that I took. This led me to two verses in the Bible and it also led me to a series of questions. But for now, lets talk about two verses.
Romans 12: 1-2 MSG: So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Do’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from inside out.Readily recognise what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity. God brings the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you.
That’s one of the verses that literally tells us that all of life is a sacred act of worship. Everything that we do is an act of worship because we have been created by God to worship him. We have been created to lift up, love and honour God in everything that we do.
1 Corinthians 10:31 MSG: So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you -you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. At the same time, don’t be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren’t as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone’s feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be too.
Worship is done as unto God. But even as we do it as unto God, we cant forget the reality of the fact that we need to each have our own experience when it comes to Worship. I am not able to rely on the experience of someone else to Worship of Love God!!!! It has to be out of an overflow and an abundance of what God has placed in my life and out of an abundance and quality of relationship that I have with God.
Someone once said that we are here to touch heaven. And one of the ways that we do touch heaven is by ‘WORSHIPING, CELEBRATING and KISSING JESUS’. When you think and analyse how kissing happens, it happens when we are close to someone. Unless it’s a flying kiss. But a kiss in the actual sense calls for one to be close. And that is the way we are with Jesus. For us to Kiss him, we are supposed to be close to him. And how do we do that? We have to have a daily walk with him and read the from his word and also talk to him daily.