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 our chance to give back to God a portion, or should I say a small fraction, of what He has given us. We have been given life: a planet that sustains us, families and friends to support and love us, marriage, children, and the most important gift of all: “God poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”(Romans 5:5 NIV)
In spite of our broken nature, we are to praise God in all that we do. Some may not have great experiences with the “natural” gifts listed above and that is a result of this world’s separation from God. Separation from the sustaining love of the Creator. However, we are still called to respond to God in truth and in love. Our response in worship is critical, it can lead to surrender and a renewed spiritual life or it can lead us to pride and spiritual death.
Contrary to popular belief, worship is not a passive activity that is done on Sunday morning and left at the church door to be picked up the following week, thus perpetuating the never-ending cycle of misunderstanding. Worship is our chance to participate, everyday, with what God is doing in and through us. It is our chance, as his divinely appointed bipeds, to shine His light and show the world what Christ looks like. Participation is key if we are to grow closer to God.
Biblical worship is more than a mood or emotion, it is more than a tingly feeling that we get when we hear or see something extravagant. Worship embodies all that we do in reverence of who God is and what He has done throughout history.
We have been called to receive and respond: Will we respond to the cross of Christ and take it to the world? Will we respond to the Gospel and proclaim it to the nations? Will we respond to the promise of new life and anticipate heaven?
May we respond to the Word through our everyday worship and preach it through our actions and attitudes.