How do you describe “worship”?
In a secular context, we’d describe how fans worship a famous actor or sports star.
But in the church world, we’d typically describe Sunday mornings.
Sunday morning church is often referred to as a “Worship Service.” It is somewhat accurate; we do offer God our worship there. (Read Barbara’s excellent post on “What Is Worship?” here.)
But hopefully our worship extends past Sunday praise-singing.
- It’s Monday clothes-washing, and
- Tuesday dinner-cooking, and
- Wednesday pantry-serving, etc.
Yet still, singing my worship on Sunday mornings starts the week with power.
In the midst of praising God, God pours grace on me.
- Through his promises we sing about
- Through melodious music he has inspired
- Through other people worshiping beside me
Because God is so worthy of worship, it’s easy to give him praise. We can temporarily set aside our own issues and focus on the wonder of Christ.
Self-forgetfulness and Jesus-awareness are heightened during worship.
“Worship is an end in itself. We do not eat the feast of worship as a means to anything else. Happiness in God [which is the heart of worship] is the end of all our seeking. Nothing beyond it can be sought as a higher goal.”
– David Mathis
Worship is a perfect way to start a day, a week, a life.
And a perfect way to end one as well.
Here are our three questions of the day:
(1) Do you have a favorite actor, singer, or sports hero?
(2) Do you sing or play a musical instrument as worship, either at church or at home?
(3) When are you most inspired to worship God?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) My latest favorite artists are Matt Maher, Lauren Daigle, Cory Asbury, Tauren Wells.
(2) I sing with our church praise team (but I have no extraordinary talent). I play the piano only at home.
(3) Music, nature, people’s kindness to one another—these things point me to the wonder of God.
- Be an Intercessory Worshiper
God places us in community to be placeholders for hope, for prayer, for grace. Who can you be in intercessory worship for?
- Great Worship Study Resource
This book by Allen P. Ross, Recalling the Hope of Glory, is an excellent compilation of scriptures and commentary on both Old Testament and New Testament scriptures on worship.
- Worship Different
It was just a small change but a good change. May we never be too rigid to embrace change or too comfortable to try something different. Growing in worship is worth it all.
revised from the archives
- See the Whole Picture – Day 27 of Handmade
- Books I Recommend to Bring Us Together – Day 29 of Handmade