So often, when we think of worship, mistakenly our mind goes to the moments of musical worship on Sunday morning where we, His Church, sing together before we hear from God’s Word. However, worship is so much bigger. It is the response, the offering, given to God by those who have “tasted and seen” that He is good (Psalm 34:8).
Sometime, like with King David, that response is in song or even shouts of acclamation:
Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” (Psalm 66-1:4)
But here’s the thing, I am far less concerned with the “style” of our expression of worship than I am with the depth of our worship, that is, the weight, sacrifice and sincerity of our response. I can’t help but think that if we were to contemplate and meditate more often on the weight, sacrifice and sincerity of Christ’s love for us that drove Him to die in our stead, our response - our worship - would deepen far past a few songs we sing together on a Sunday morning. The words of Romans 12:1 would start to ring true…
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (“reasonable service” in KJV).
…and we would sincerely give our lives, all of us, as an offering to our God. For Him to use as He decides for the glory of His name. When we relegate worship to the few minutes of music and song we sing on Sundays, we’ve lost the costly nature of worship as a life offered to God in response to Him and His great love for us.
The only appropriate response to who Christ is and His amazing work on the cross is everything: Our lives laid before God as a sacrifice; dead to ourselves and alive to God; for His glory.
This IS worship.