From the first time I heard the song, The Heart of Worship, it impacted me differently than most songs. The approach that Worship was something more than a Wednesday night or Sunday morning event was something that I had never thought of before.
After some convincing from a friend, I read the book True Worshipers by Bob Kauflin
Kauflin says it best, "In response to God's mercy, we're to worship God not simply with our words, feelings or momentary acts- but also with our bodies, or lives. "
From the beginning of our lives, or for some, that may have started more recently, we have found ourselves singing songs of praise each Sunday. While that is an awesome thing and a great thing to do, there is so much more to worship than a few songs each gathering.
Worship can be defined in many different ways and can mean something different everyone. Whether it be, Prayer, spending time in the word, tithing, sharing your faith, serving others, practicing the Lord’s Supper, or baptism, these are all different types of worship. All of these that are being used to glorify God, are forms of worshiping God.
Why do we worship? We worship because God calls us to worship him in Spirit and in truth. Since God is seeking true worshipers who worship that way, we should make it our priority to become these people.
What does worshiping God in spirit and in truth really mean? That means worshiping God to the very core of his being and that includes Getting to know him through scripture, prayer and times of gathering. After all, if you’re not in the word then you don’t know the God you are worshiping.
Let’s talk about music for a moment. Have you ever wondered why we sing, to begin with? We are surrounded by it regardless of genre wherever we look. That’s just the way culture has gone. Worshiping through singing is probably the easiest way to Worship God. There are typically more than one opportunities each week to gather together and sing. For weekend services alone there are typically many options to gather for worship along with countless student ministries meeting simultaneously throughout. There is a reason this is happening.
That type of worship is incredibly important! In fact, that’s what God tells us to. Psalm 47:6 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” but even more than that, Ephesians 5:19 talk about how God wants us to sing because He sings and no matter what, they continue to sing. In every circumstance true worshipers, worship God.
True worshipers desire to exalt God’s name. A huge part of that is Baptism and taking Lord’s supper. While baptism alone doesn’t save you, Baptism is a celebration of how God has added a new member to the household of faith. Which we took part in that earlier today. In a similar way, sharing the Lord’s Supper signifies and confirms our unity as a body and is an act of worship that brings Glory to God.
True worshipers Gather. It’s pretty evident in scripture that having a community of believers is vital to your journey. Right off the bat in Genesis, it says, “It is not good that man be alone”. While it’s great that you can download sermons, or watch them through podcast if you miss a message, but you can’t go through this alone. Being one in Christ is more than meeting regularly in the same room, but it isn’t any less than that because when we don’t meet together we limit the opportunities we have to serve each other.
Now what I have said does not even scratch the surface of what worship is or why we worship. There is so much more to this and I hope that you take the time to learn more.