What does worship mean to you?
Kneeling in prayer?
Raising your hands?
But is this really worship? Or is there more to worship than our worship band leading us in a handful of our favorite songs while we enjoy moments of joy followed by deep contemplation?
After all – if that is all worship is, then it is still more about us than about Him. Right? If all worship consists of is being led into His present to enjoy Him then we are still the taker and He is still the giver.
Then what is worship?
There is a foundational principle of worship upon which all other acts of worship are built and if we fail to employ this principle in our lives, all other acts of worship are merely religious form void of meaning and power.
Mary understood this principle.
Noah realized its importance
Jonah rejected it at first, but later repented.
This principle is:
Obedience is the principle that binds every other act of worship in an offering of love to God.
Because the very word worship implies that we are attributing worth to someone or something, and we do that best and most when we take the commands and principles that Almighty God carefully laid out in His Word, accept their importance to our lives, and carefully employ them and mold our lives around them.
We can dance at the altars, kneel down in reverence, raise our hands in surrender, and sing while tears pour down our cheeks, but all of this holds little meaning if an hour later we walk out the church door and fail to keep His commands.
The chorus: “I surrender all” is merely words dissolved in thin air if we truly have not surrendered all.
The words: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way…” are empty if we neither trust God nor obey Him.
When we sing: “Holy, holy, holy” and forget that Bible commands us to be holy as He is holy we engage in mere recitation, not worship.
We cry out, “Mighty is the power of the cross” and daily refuse to take up our own cross and say, “Not my will but Thine be done!”
You see, worship is not an action. It is not a deed we do.
It is a life we live!
Worship is not about changing us. Worship is about
Offering ourselves to Him
Surrendering to Him
Taking up our cross like He did
Laying our lives down for Him
For when we do this, true worship is offered up to heaven as incense before the throne of God.
No song need be sung, no word spoken. For the mere decision to live in complete obedience to Jesus Christ says more than the richest words penned by man.