When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart – Lamar Boschman
Worship. Worship has always been a topic of debate within Christian circles.
Yes. Always! How sad?
Something God expects unceasingly, we mortals prefer to argue about it unceasingly.
Is worship in hymns? Perhaps it is contemporary in nature? Or what if worship does not only apply to music and or the arts? Could worship be the reading of The Word, a simple prayer, and or a life of dedication to God Almighty?
Ask yourself- What is worship?
In our humanistic day and age, worship rarely gets away from the arena of music? Many go to church and here, “The sermon follows worship.” To this and similar statements, I cringe.
It is almost as if we expect God to transition with us from accepting our worship to leaning forward on the throne of Heaven and listening in on what the pastor has to say. God makes no distinction.
Now I do not claim to be an expert on when God notices us engaged in worship, but I do know that worship has to do with our soul’s posture.
In John 4:24 Jesus teaches, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
Scripture teaches that God is a Spirit, so therefore worship must be in the same rite. God is truth so worship must be done in the same way.
Worship is not inherently the strumming of vocal cords or the raising of hands, but more so the submissive bowing of the heart to the Lord. The words for worship in Scripture almost always describe a kneeling or faithful kiss. As a matter of fact, God addressed Israel and rejects their sweet songs, because their hearts were far and lacking of truth. The truth they clung to was man made, therefore, flawed.
He proclaims, “Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men” (Isaiah 29:13).
This is where we should show caution in our musical tracks.
What do the words of music reflect of God? Truth or ungodly persuasion? Is their a bowing of heart or a prideful rise to acclaim? Is worship all inclusive: A life lived as a living sacrifice, being renewed in the process? Or a scheduled sing along for a happy heart.
Worship is much more than what we often present it to be and important because of Who we worship desires our praise.