How are we asked to worship God in scriptures? How does that translate to our current culture.? We define worship as the act of showing reverence and adoration towards a deity. We do this many ways, through singing, studying, and imitating. Others say anything we do can be worship. That may be true, but are we worshipping God no matter what we are doing? Who and what we worship shows where our heart lies. In “Worship Matters” Bob Kauflin says, “What we love the most will determine what we genuinely worship.
So what does God want from us as worshippers? I’m going to post a few articles about where this is revealed to us in scripture. This being my first.
Starting in John, chapter I, v 1:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all
things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
So it’s clear to me the Word is referring to Jesus the pre-incarnate,
but still the son, being the mouthpiece of God in which the world is
created. Now if you look at Genesis one, How did God create the
world? Did he use a blueprint and shape some rough materials?
Genesis 1:3 says “God said let there be light,” and there was light.”
This pattern continues in the first chapter including man in verse
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.”
We are the result of the word of God. The word which was Christ. We were spoken into existence. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” So simply our existence is a
testament to God. In being image bearers of Christ should we not also be imitators in using our words to praise God? And in being imitators of Christ should we not also being using His words to praise Him?
As a church musician let me encourage you to take it a step further and encourage you to sing His praises. Even if you consider yourself a poor singer you are engaging your whole body in worship. Have you ever been to a concert or a sporting event where the entire crowd is singing together? It’s an awe-inspiring thing. The amazing thing is somehow you know many are singing off key, but when they are part of a whole it only adds to the volume. Watch a country like Columbia or Brazil sing their national anthem at the FIFA (soccer) World Cup, it’s a little intimidating. Now imagine the power and encouragement that could be brought to Church every Sunday morning by singing about the power of Christ. A sea of conviction that would surely smash our doubt and unbelief into submission!
In my next entry I’ll look at if we are indeed commanded to worship.