Worship

By Seth Spoo, Summer Intern to the Pastor

Worship is more than a Sunday morning routine limited to song and tune when we sing and hear instruments played. Paul writes in Romans 12:1 that true and proper worship is offering your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. Worship should be a lifestyle of surrendering our hearts, minds, and bodies to honor and adore our Creator. He alone is worthy of our intentional lifestyle of surrender through worship.

Worship should always be centered on God alone. As believers our focus must be on exalting His name, acknowledging His attributes, and responding to His grace and mercy. True worship engages both our inner being and our understanding of who God is. Our worship should reflect an intimate relationship with God rooted in His truth and guided by the Spirit. Worship does not only praise who God is and His might but is also thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” True worship involves expressing gratitude for God’s faithfulness and salvation.

There was a time in my own life where the lines became blurred on what true worship is supposed to be. As a leader in worship, it felt good to lead and desire applause for my talents, instead of pointing all of it to God. Jesus condemned empty rituals and hypocritical worship in Matthew 15:8, saying, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Worship is not and will never be about us. It is only about God and God alone.

I leave you with another verse that gives us an instruction on worship. Jesus, when talking to the Samaritan woman at the well, emphasized the importance of worshiping in spirit and truth. John 4:23 says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” Worship does not have to end. It can be endless and bring us joy through every moment of every day, and draw us closer to Him.