Do we truly understand worship

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Monday, September 13, 2010

I have posted a number of teachings on the subject of worship, because it is something very dear to my heart. I truly believe that as the church of Jesus Christ, we have to come back to the place of true worship if we want to see His glory manifest over all the Earth. The kind of worship I am talking about is the ultimate expression of our love and is directed towards the King, which causes us to surrender unconditionally to His authority in our lives.

 

Worship is an act of devotion directed towards the One true living God. The word is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship — to give, at its simplest, worth to something.

 

Evelyn Underhill defines worship, "The adoring acknowledgment of all that lies beyond us—the glory that fills heaven and earth. It is the response that conscious beings make to their Creator, to the Eternal Reality from which they came forth; to God".

 

I am convinced that we need to teach more on worship, as worship cements our response to a gracious God we serve and even though it may come in various forms, the ultimate goal in celebration of our heavenly Father remains the same. The church seems to think worship is limited to a quiet song sung at a Sunday morning service, but this is merely a small part of its true meaning. We have to understand that as born-again, children of God, our primary calling is to honor Him. This is called worship! 

 

Worship is not a doctrine, it is a lifestyle. In other words, the way we present ourselves to the Lord as living sacrifices will be an outward response in reaction to who He is and what He has done for us. However, we must come to the place of understanding the finished and completed work of the Cross and as this is an inward action, received by faith, our reaction in response to His holiness becomes an outward action. In other words, our lives become a living expression of love, honor, fear, reverence and obedience (Worship) directed towards the Father twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  

 

When this happens, the transformation that has taken place on the inside of us, becomes evident to those around us and the world can look at the Church and identify Christ in her because of the reflection of Christ's righteousness on the inside of every believer. In this way, we live our lives in honor of the God we serve. And our worship becomes our response to His gracious act of love! 

 

If you and I can understand the finished work of the Cross and all that Jesus has accomplished for and on our behalf, we will not hesitate to live our lives (Worship) in such a way that we reflect His righteousness in us. My friend this is one awesome evangelistic tool, for when Christ is lifted up in this way, men will be drawn to Christ in us, the hope of glory. By merely worshiping Him, people will be drawn to Christ. Our lifestyles will no longer be a reflection of ourselves, but will become a beaming light, a lighthouse to a dying world, pointing people to Jesus.



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