What is Worship? Dictionary.com defines worship as, “to render religious reverence and homage to and to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing)”. Worship has always been in existence in different shapes and forms. Man was created as a worshipping being. We human beings must worship something. If we do not have some thing or some one to worship, we will invent or create something to bow down to. We worship animals, cars, spouses, pastors, friends, parents, homes, music, children; jobs…these things become demi gods to us.
Worship is a universal language and can be found in every race, continent and culture but it has become the most misunderstood action in our everyday lives. There are different perspectives to worship – The Bible says in Matthew 15:8-9 “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it. They act like they’re worshiping me, but they don’t mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy.” – MSG. Is this possible? Yes it is! One can believe that they are worshipping God for 2 -3 hours (because they are engaged in an act of worship such as singing or praising) BUT Jesus says they don’t mean it. Another translation says it is all in vain. What Jesus is saying here is that we have lost connection with what real worship is.
In John 4: 20-23 the Bible says that the woman asked Jesus, “Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?” What did Jesus respond to her? He said, “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter” – MSG
The Samaritans claimed that worship could only be done on a particular mountain. The Jews said it had to be in Jerusalem. Some of us believe that we have to worship at a particular place at a particular time in a particular way. This is nothing but religion and is practiced in our churches today. Jesus destroyed the views of the Samaritans concerning this in his response. Do we know who we worship? God is looking for worshippers who will worship him with awareness, God consciousness and a great attitude of gratitude. We cannot worship someone we do not know. All kingdoms by definition make worship necessary because you cannot have a kingdom without a King. Kingdom people do not have to think about worship or follow a script or pattern for worship. Why? Because Worship is the culture of the kingdom. Listen, our worship does not benefit God, whether you worship him or not, he is still God and he is not controlled by emotions. Your worship does not add to him and your lack of worship does not diminish or reduce Him.
The power of kingdom worship is understanding – We must have an understanding of worship and who we worship. David understood this fact and that is why he said in Psalm 34:1, ”I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth”. – NKJV. As Kingdom people with understanding, we know that do not need to go to a worship service to worship God. Worship is our culture and has become our lifestyle.
Worship is not what we do, it is who we are. Our lives, speech, thoughts, relationships, spending habits, all lift up and exalt our King. From the way we approach His throne, to we way we treat His family, to the way we relate to His creation – all are designed to bring Him pleasure. Rev 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
As you go this week, keep in mind that it is a privilege to be permitted to worship the King! It is not compulsory that he pays any attention or gives regard to our worship i.e. our lives. The fact the He has us in mind and regards us is reason enough to worship Him the more.