A Life of Worship
This last week we looked at the life of worship that David exhibited. It was so clearly on display when in one of his first acts as king he moved the ark of the covenant to the nations capital, Jerusalem, and he couldnt contain his worship of God. His realization of God's grace to him caused him to dance and sing and shout so enthusiatically his wife was embarassed by him. But he was just a man who lived a life of worship.
That phrase, "live a life of worship", is one we hear all the time but rarely ever consider. "Worship is not simply what we do on Sunday's but we must live a life of worship", is something we are told often in the church but do we really understand this concept. As we said this last week, we all live lives of continual worship the only question is what is it that we worship. Hebrews 13 gives us great insight into what it means to live a life of worship that is worshipping the one true God:
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise (worship) to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
In this passage we see a life of worship includes five real elements;
1) Praise- the practice of worshipping God.
2) Proclamation - we have lips that confess his name.
3) Service - we do good to others as demonstration of the Gospel in this world.
4) Participation- share with others as a demonstration of grace in this world.
5) Sacrifice- giving of time, talent and treasure.
A life of worship should contain and exhibit each of these expressions as a response to God's grace at work in our lives.