Hang around a church long enough and you’ll hear the word worship. What exactly is worship and how does one engage in it? The whole of Psalm 100 is a marvelous introduction, but verse three is the key: Know that the Lord is God.
One songwriter penned these lyrics: This is where worship starts; here in the temple of my heart; remembering who you are and all you’ve done. He couldn’t be closer to the truth.
Worship starts with knowing that the Lord is God. It’s setting our hearts and minds on that truth and then expressing it some form or fashion. When we remember who God is and all He’s done, we can’t help but want to let someone know. It’s like a kid with a secret discovered, bursting to tell someone. And the expression of worship is as varied as a crowd reacting to the same beautiful piece of music sung by undiscovered talent on The Voice. Some people smile, some shout bravo! Others clap, more than a few stand with their mouths hanging open, and many simply cry. But at the core, everyone is reveling in the same truth of the moment…this guy’s got amazing talent!!!
While it’s pretty cool being in a room full of people realizing the same thing at the same time, worship isn’t confined to a time or place. It’s not a thing you “do” at church and then you’re done till the following Sunday. Anytime, and I mean anytime, you remember who God is and what He’s done and give expression to that, it’s worship. For you that might mean singing in the shower or creating a piece of art. It might mean journaling your thoughts or writing a poem to express what’s on your heart. Maybe you take a long walk and tell God what you’re thinking. For me it’s sitting with a cup of coffee in the backyard as the sun comes up, listening to the birds singing. That’s their form of worship, you know. They know who their Creator and Provider is and I’m convinced they’re reminding the rest of us every morning (Matthew 6:26).
What gets you thinking about God and all that He’s done?
How are you most apt to express your joy at remembering Him?
Father, thank you for being such a creative God…that worship isn’t confined to a set pattern of doing things, but that I can worship you using the gifts and talents you’ve given me.