When people ask me what worship is, my response is always the same.
Worship is our response to who God is and what He has done. It is so much more than songs.
And so that’s where we’ll begin.
We have a very small view of worship in our society. So much of it is driven by our Christian culture. We have worship songs, worship sets, worship leaders, worship albums, worship music, worship teams, worship services, etc… And it all leaves us with the understanding that worship is what is done on Sunday morning at church. More specifically, it’s limited only to the songs we sing in those services.
But it’s so much bigger. So much deeper. So much richer.
Worship is our response (whatever it may look like) to who God is and what He has done.
The Lord has done incredible and mighty things in our world. He never asks us to praise him without first giving us a reason to do so. Look at Psalm 117:
Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
Here, we’re given two commands to praise the Lord. And what lies directly between them? Two fantastic reasons why we should do so — His love is great and His faithfulness endures forever. So we offer our praise.
But what does that praise look like?
It could be anything really that brings glory to God and tells of His worth. And as we offer our praises, let us pour them out fully. When you sing, sing loudly. When you pray, pray fervently. When you work, work hard and with integrity. When you play, play hard and have fun. Let our lives be an endless offering of praise to the One who gave Himself up that we may live.
Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1 NIV)
I’m excited to walk alongside each of you as we pursue Christ together. Every month, I’ll be bringing you some of my thoughts on the spirit and the heart behind our worship as disciples of Christ in this world. We’ll dive into Scripture and seek out a much richer understanding of what it means to truly worship our eternal King Jesus.
Central’s Director of Contemporary Worship