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Four Thoughts on Worship – Part 2 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 28, 2009


Part 1

What Worship is Not

This is the most important thing I will tell you about worship – Worship is not – Music and Singing

There, I said it.

Music and singing are only tools – pretty sounding tools – but still, only tools to help facilitate worship in your life.

Worship is so much, much, much more.  Worship, plain and simple, is you telling and showing God that He is the greatest being in the universe – bar none!  How you do that, is your expression of worship.  But the worship is the message, not the method.

Worship is a Heart Condition

Do you love God?  Do you really love God?  Do you really, really love God?  Then tell him, show him, proclaim it from the mountain tops, let the passion for your God ooze from every pore in you being!  Eat it; live it; breath it! But DO NOT GET HUNG UP ON THE METHOD!!!!

For example: I went to a building yesterday in which the church was meeting. (Some people would say, “I went to church”, but that is not accurate, the church was already in the house).  In that building, we did a little singing, a little teaching, a little talking, a little praying – then we came home.  I then mowed the grass, went to the store, went to work, came home from work, went to bed, started all over again.  In this scenario, where did the worship take place?

It’s a trick question, because I never actually told you.  You have no clue where the worship took place, because it is not confined to a time, place, method or gathering.  Each item I mentioned about had varying degrees of worship in them.

In the place where the church met on a Sunday morning, I prayed, and told God how much he means to me.  While mowing, the grass, I was praying and singing to the Lord a new song, something nobody wrote.  Just music from my soul to a God that I love.  In the car on the way to work, I praised God for who He is and worshiped in the Spirit.  No music playing; just me and him.

In the parking lot at Trader Joes, I broke out in a few sentences of worship to God, again telling him how awesome he is.

Are you seeing a pattern here?  And of all of these, which do you think was the most powerful and least powerful times of my worship to God?  My most powerful time was probably the parking lot and the least powerful was Sunday morning.  The one that meant the most was unrehearsed, unscheduled and unexpected- but it came from a deeper place in my soul.  The one that was rehearsed and orchestrated, was not as powerful.  This is not to say it wasn’t enjoyable, but it didn’t ring with me this week as well as the parking lot experience.

In fact, I am sure that all across America yesterday, hundreds of believers, maybe even thousands, met yesterday in their respective gatherings and never actually entered into worship at any level, even though the “atmosphere” was conducive for worshiping God. Their bodies were there, but their hearts were far from worship.

I said all that to illustrate that you don’t need to wait for the right moment to worship. You can do it right here, right now!  Just start telling God how awesome He is.  In you mind, go before him as David would go before him.  Let down you guard, let down your flesh and just simply proclaim him, love him and worship at his feet.

Don’t be hindered by your environment or think that you have to sing well in order to worship.  If you are an artist, paint a picture for God.  If you are a writer, write a letter to God.  If you are a guitar player, just pull out the guitar, no sheet music, then just play random chords and proclaim His greatness!  You don’t need a song written by Chris Tomlin in order to worship God! As the old Nike commercial says, “JUST DO IT!”

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