If we are all worshipers and God is the only one who deserves our worship then what does true worship look like? For far too long worship has been viewed as that thing you do on Sundays, or whenever your local Jesus’ communities decide to gather together. This view of worship is extremely limiting and quit frankly people who hold this view tend to approach “Sunday worship” as an item on their to-do list that is not complete until every box is checked.
Worship in its truest form is not limited to a specific time of day on a certain day of the week. No, true worship is when our lives march to the beat of a divine drum. Worship is expressed when we help people in need, when we make family time a priority, when we make decisions with integrity, when we intentional invest in our neighborhood kids whose parents do not seem to be present, when we pray to God, when we sing praises to God, when we encourage those low on hope, when we spend quiet time alone with God. Louie Giglio says it this way in a song he wrote: “It’s not the words I sing, but me I bring; I’m the offering laid at Your feet, My steps the melody, oh so sweet, All of me in praise to Thee.” Worship is your life!
Worship is our expressed response to God, both corporately and personally—for who He is and what He has done. Our worship is expressed in and by the things we say and they way we live our life. When we view worship as something that only happens on Sundays we are only viewing a very small piece of the grander picture.
Let me ask you this, if you have children do you want them to honor you, respect you, and thank you for everything you do for them when they are in your home? Now what if they did all those things in your presence but when they left your home out in public they brought dishonor to your name, disrespected you, and acted like you did not even exist? As a parent I am going to venture an educated guess and say that this would not go over so well or at least it would not make you feel all that great.
When we have a limited view of worship as something we do on Sundays this is exactly what we are doing to God. “When God is not greatly praised, it’s only because we don’t think He’s that great of a God. When out worship is small, it’s because our concept of God is small. When we offer God little-bitty sacrifices, it’s because we’ve somehow reduced Him in our hearts to a little-bitty God. Our vision has become clouded, our hearts distracted.” It is time for all God’s creation to live in response to who God is and what He has done. It is time to for us to get out that divine drum and start laying down a new beat.