Worship – what is it exactly? We Christians talk a lot about it, but I am afraid we fail to grasp what it is and what it is not. When asked, most people would answer the question, “What is worship?” with something like, “it is when we meet on Sunday morning” or “a style of music.” But, I have learned that we can be involved in a meeting and sing a style of song but fail to enter into true worship.
Through all that God has been teaching me over the past couple of years, the most important thing I’ve learned is that there is a strong bond between the Word of God and the worship of God. I do not believe that we can worship God for who He is and what He’s done to save us apart from the reading and studying of His Word. “Why is that?” you ask. The answer is that the only way we, as humans, can discover and understand who God is, is through what He has chosen to reveal to us about Himself through the Bible. Not only that, we also learn about ourselves and our great need and dependence upon God for our salvation.
And there you have it – salvation. This is the crux of worship – the understanding and acknowledgement of the saving acts of God in the lives of man. You see, when those who have believed that Jesus is the Christ, Messiah…Savior, begin to read about, discuss and meditate on the Words of God something uncontrollable takes place. This is called WORSHIP! The awesome thing about true worship is that it takes many shapes and forms but it is all in response to the fact that God has saved us! We have realized that we cannot save ourselves and our hearts are stirred with gratitude and humility. This realization permeates our being and we seek to make Christ known to all Peoples!
To those of you believers who feel that you gain nothing from gathering together with the body of Christ each week; I challenge you to seek God and find Him for He longs to be found. Surround yourselves with His Truth and relish in the lavish love He has poured out upon you and celebrate that with other believers each week!
To those of you who feel that there is nothing to this Christianity thing you’ve heard so much about; begin at the beginning of the Word of God and read the fascinating, incredible story of the love that God has for all mankind and the way of Salvation He has made through His Son, Jesus.
Oh brothers and sisters, seekers and saints, doubters and believers…I urge you, no I implore you to run to the Word of God and know the one, true God. He loves you with an eternal love and desires a relationship with you. In doing this, worship will be true, undefiled and everlasting.
“All the people gathered together at the square in front of the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses that the Lord had given Israel…He read out of it from daybreak until noon before the men, the women, and those who could understand. All the people listened attentively to the book of the law…Ezra opened the book in full view of all the people, since he was elevated above everyone. As he opened it, all the people stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God, and with their hands uplifted all the people said, “Amen, Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” Nehemiah 8:1a; 3; 5-6