Gathering with my friends, family, brothers and sisters in Christ on Sunday is one of my favorite parts of my week. I was reflecting that there is probably a lot about worship that we do on a regular basis that you might not know why we do it. Everything we do is with a purpose that is based on scripture and the tradition of the Christian Church. Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about each aspect of the service to answer any question you might have. If you have questions, feel free to comment below and I will happily answer them.
This week we are going to start at the beginning with: What is worship? Often people say the word worship when they are talking about the praise music that we sing. That is part of worship, but it is not worship. Worship is not the offering, the sermon, or any other one act that we do together. When we talk about corporate worship (we are also called to worship God through our devotion and our actions daily!), it is the wonderful act of gathering as God’s people and give our love and devotion to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
We often act like we are the center and focus of worship. Someone related a joke to me one time, “A man walks up to the pastor after the service and says, ‘Reverend, I didn’t get much out of that service, maybe think about how you can make it better next week.’ The next week the man approached the pastor once again and asked, ‘Did you think about what I said, I still didn’t get anything out of the service.’ The pastor replied, ‘Yes, and God told me that he didn’t get anything from you either.’” It is the responsibility for the leaders of the church to provide a quality, impact worship experience, however, it is up to each of us to make sure we turn our hearts to God and give God the praise that God deserves. Hebrews 12:28-29 says it like this, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Do you worship God with reverence and awe? Next time you come to worship, spend some time, maybe on the way to worship, preparing your mind and heart so that you are ready to worship with reverence and awe. And you know what? I bet you will get more out of it too, because our God is awesome.