Have you ever stopped to wonder what people mean when they use the term “worship”? Are they simply referring to the music? Or perhaps they are referencing the entire service? In either case, only the surface of such a diverse word is being utilized.
Worship is more than what we do on a Sunday morning;
it is more than the music,
or the prayers.
Worship is a lifestyle; it is everything we do in adoration of the Lord and it is rooted in our reception, response, and relationship to God and all those who surround us on a daily basis.
Worship is rooted in our reception; it is expectant and always preaching.
“Every weekend we should anticipate the coming of Christ. After every worship service, we should celebrate the fact that he is alive forevermore, and consequently, so are we! After every worship service, people should leave our services withe an anticipation of heaven.” (43-44)
-Kevin Navarro “The Complete Worship Service”
Worship is the choice to approach God and respond after we have been called.
“Worship is an active response to God, whereby we declare His worth. Worship is not passive, but is participative. Worship is not simply a mood; it is a response. Worship is not just a feeling; it is a declaration.” (16)
-Allen and Borror “Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel”
Worship is an active partnership between God and creation as relationships are cultivated.
“Worship is a conversation between God and God’s chosen people. There is a mutual exchange, a holy dialogue, an invested sharing back and forth in worship” (9)
-Constance Cherry “The Worship Architect”
Worship is a conversation between creation and the creator, between man and God. Worship is a two way street whereby we communicate with God and He answers through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our worship must be lived out is such a way that it demands an explanation. We must be living testimonies as we encounter the world and worship the Lord.
In the next three weeks we will unpack and expand on each characteristic of Worship: Reception, Response, and Relationship. I invite you to join me at The Table as we discover more of what it means to Worship God.