What is Worship?
It's Not About Us
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
This verse describes true worship. Do you worship your Maker? We need to know what worship is, what it isn't, and why it matters so much to our God and to our souls.
What Worship Is
God defines worship as "love": "Love the Lord your God." Love is a verb, an action word. It requires doing, not just attending church, listening to a sermon, singing hymns, or giving money. You've only worshipped when you've loved, adored, and honored. And it is about loving God in every way a human can love.
With all our hearts: our emotions and senses.
With all our souls: the life force itself, that which gives our bodies life, our essence. Worship involves a passionate love for God.
With all our minds: We are to have no ungodly thoughts, or songs, or movies, or television shows, or books in our minds (see Psalm 101:3). We are to think about our faith, to study God's word, to engage intellectually in the worship of God.
With all our strength: We love God with our actions, not only on Sundays. God is looking for Monday Christians, Monday worshippers, Monday disciples.
How to Worship
You can love God the same way you love anyone else. You can spend the day with him—talking to him, thinking about him. Ask him for what you need, and thank him for what he gives. Spend the day with Jesus. Love him. Worship him. This is his first commandment for every day.
Worship is not performance, entertainment, therapy, or even evangelism.
Worship is not about us. It is about loving God, every moment of every day.
We were created for worship. He gave us free will so we could choose to worship him. Nothing else fulfills us.
Worship provides the power to serve God. If you want God's power for your life, you must worship God every day.
Why Do We Worship?
Because God deserves our worship. “We love him because he first loved us“ (1 John 4:10). He created and redeemed us, and made us a place in his perfect heaven forever. He watched his Son die on the cross, to save our souls and purchase our salvation. He gave everything for us. He deserves our worship.
When last did he receive yours?
Pray this week:
Lord, help me understand what it really means to worship. Take away my wrong ideas, and teach me how to love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Amen.
Is this a new idea for you? Do you need help knowing what it means to worship God?