What is worship? Think about this question for a second. What is the first thing that comes to mind?
Some might say singing in church on Sunday. Some might say singing and prayer. While those are both FORMS of worship, it doesn’t encompass it entirely. Worship comes from a right understanding of who God is. It is in understanding the person and character of God that leads a heart to worship. Why? Because understanding who God is changes the way we view everything in our lives, and causes us to submit ourselves to the authority of Christ. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.”
Your true worship comes from an understanding of God’s mercy to you through the sending of His son, and a complete surrender of your life to His purpose and His will. Constantly seeking to live in obedience to Him. THIS is true worship. Isaiah 40 is another great illustration of how worship starts. The writer contrasts the frailty of human life to the strength and power of God. Here’s just a glimpse of what it says,
“A voice was saying, “Cry out!” Another said, “What should I cry out?” “All humanity is grass, and all its goodness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the Lord blows on them; indeed, the people are grass. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever...See, the Lord God comes with strength, and his power establishes his rule. His wages are with him, and his reward accompanies him. He protects his flock like a shepherd; he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them in the fold of his garment. He gently leads those that are nursing. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure or weighed the mountains on a balance and the hills on the scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or who gave him counsel? Who did he consult? Who gave him understanding and taught him the paths of justice? Who taught him knowledge and showed him the way of understanding? Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales; he lifts up the islands like fine dust. Lebanon’s cedars are not enough for fuel, or its animals enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before him; they are considered by him as empty nothingness. With whom will you compare God? What likeness will you set up for comparison with him? (Isaiah 40:6-8, 10-18 CSB).”
We are weak, He is strong. We are finite, He is infinite. And He has set His love upon us. From this understanding our lives will seek to honor and obey Him, and our voices shall rejoice is song and in prayer. This is worship, a response to who God is and what HE has done.
So often we think worship STARTS with us, but in reality, worship starts with God. Praise Him this day. CHOOSE this day whom you will serve, and as for me, I will serve the Lord. Will you?