It isn’t uncommon to find me singing as I work around my house; dusting and singing, sweeping (all the time) and singing, cooking and singing. And dare I admit that I even find myself humming as I wander through the grocery store. Thanks for passing along that trait mom! It may be odd to you, but for me it is all normal. It’s my worship time! With four kids and a whole lot of noise in my house, I don’t get much quiet time. So, my worship time is loud, shout it out singing.
What does your worship look like? Have you ever wondered what your worship is worth to God? Have you ever thought that He has so many others worshipping Him that yours probably doesn’t matter much? Do you even know what kind of worship to offer Him? Does he expect you to worship Him? What kind of worship does he expect? Hold on now, I can hear control freaks spazzing out right now, “He not only expects worship but there is a certain kind? Am I doing it right?” Is any other control freak out there flustered? Okay fellow control freaks, take a breath. Those that aren’t control freaks can read on as well, but I didn’t feel the need to tell you to take a breath here. Let’s spend a this week answering those questions together. Ready?
Day 1: What is worship?
Text: Psalm 150:1-6
So what is worship? Lets start there. I think most of us think of it as singing, but that’s not actually the case; so lets refresh our memories and include those that may not know. Worship is defined as, “the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god.” I find it interesting that Webster’s dictionary makes a distinction between a god and God! I didn’t expect to find that! William Temple defines it this way, “Worship is a submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose-and all this gathered up in adoration.” For me, that is a time of singing praises. For you it may be different, and that’s okay, too. Worship is whatever act that you use to show God that respect, love, surrender or adoration. Just so you get a feel for the real me, as I type this, I have youtube christian radio (top 100 praise and worship songs) going on my laptop. See you all tomorrow!