I’m not exactly sure why, but the term “worship” has come up a lot lately in my conversations, devotions, and readings. For most people I know, “worship” is when we sing in church. This is true for us today, and it was true in the OT (Old Testament) as well. The nation of Israel gathered together to “worship” through offering sacrifices, singing praises, hearing God’s voice, repenting of sins, and receiving HIS forgiveness. I find it interesting that we follow this same pattern today when we come together for “worship” on Sunday mornings.
In the OT we find rules of exactly how to worship in the temple of God. Yet in the NT (New Testament) the rules don’t seem to be as laid out for us.
The temple of God used to be in Jerusalem, but has changed locations. We can’t find it in a google maps search (it just doesn’t show up). So where exactly is the temple of God? GO TO YOUR BATHROOM AND LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!! Check out Romans 12:1-2 here.
You see, “worship” is EVERYTHING! It’s more than singing. It is your life, my life, it is every thought, word, and action we think say or do.
God never wanted “worship” to be something that was not heart felt, or born from an internal fear of God. (See Isaiah 29:12-14 here).
A worship pastor/leader/director has to develop every week what is called a “set list.” This is the order of service (or the songs) that are used for the service. The average church in America sings about 4 or 5 songs on any given Sunday. Yet after the singing is done, the offering has been taken, and the preaching is done, what happens to “worship”?
What is the next song in the set list? I wonder if we (you and I) would consider “Taking Out the Trash With a Joyful Attitude” to be on our set list?
Or praying with your kid/s before bed every day on your set list?
Or “Waking Up Early to Get in the Word” on your set list?
Other things might be, “Tithing”
and “Forgiving _______ Again for the 490th Time” and “Taking A Sabbath.”
What’s the next song in your set list?
I hope that you find the time today, to “WORSHIP”