When you hear the word “worship,” what do you think of?
Maybe someone idolizing a pro football player. Or an ancient worshiper burning a bull on an altar to their gods.
I often think of Sunday mornings. In the past we called our church gathering a “Worship Service.” Many still do; it remains accurate. We do offer our worship to God there.
I know, though, that our worship extends past Sunday praise-singing. It’s Monday clothes-washing, and Tuesday dinner-cooking, and Wednesday pantry-serving, etc.
But still. Singing my worship on Sunday mornings starts the week with joy and peace and power.
I believe how David Mathis describes it in Habits of Grace is true:
“Like no other means, corporate worship combines all three principles of God’s ongoing grace: his word, prayer, and fellowship.”
But I don’t always feel full of grace at 8am on Sunday mornings when I walk in our church building to review the songs we’ll be singing.
Yet once I’m there, God pours grace on me before I get a chance to offer anything back to him.
- Through his promises we sing about
- Through melodious music he has inspired
- Through other people worshiping beside me
As God reveals himself worthy of worship, it’s easy to give him praise. We lose sight of our own woes and gain clarity of Christ’s awe.
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.
Worship now with “He Is Yahweh,” a song we’ve been singing with our church.
Who is moving on the waters
Who is holding up the moon
Who is peeling back the darkness
With the burning light of noon
Who is standing on the mountains
Who is on the earth below
Who is bigger than the heavens
And the lover of my soul
Creator God, He is Yahweh
The Great I Am, He is Yahweh
The Lord of All, He is Yahweh
Rose of Sharon, He is Yahweh
The Righteous Son, He is Yahweh
The Three-in-One, He is Yahweh
Who is He that makes me happy
Who is He that gives me peace
Who is He that brings me comfort
And turns the bitter into sweet
Who is stirring up my passion
Who is rising up in me
Who is filling up my hunger
With everything I need
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What do you think of when you hear worship? Do you have a favorite worship song that you sing with your church or at home? Please share in the comments.
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