“Let’s Worship Yahweh” John 4:24 KJV
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Greetings beloved. This week we are looking at a very exciting and important subject of worship. Over the next few weeks to come, we will try to give this subject time and space. In order for one to rightly define what worship is, we might start by demystifying wrong perceptions attached to the subject of worship.
When the average Christian thinks about worship, they tend to think about music or how a service is planned out. Perhaps a favorite hymn comes to mind or a praise song that captivated him or her in some moving response. This is sad so to speak, for music, as wonderful and impacting as it can be, is not worship. It is an expression of worship, but it is not worship. Please get me right, I am by no means trying to imply that music is not of importance both to us and to God in the act of worship. I am however calling your attention to the reason why we sing.
The word worship is actually a compound word “Worth- Ship.” By the construction of the word we then see that it has to do with something or someone worthy, something of great value. Now a ship carries cargo. Worship can be viewed then as the act of carrying a cargo to a worthy God. It is our heart that our Lord is truly interested in as the cargo. Worship that is detached from the heart becomes both meaningless and worthless. Worship can be viewed as the attitude of our hearts in gratefulness for who our Lord Jesus Christ is and what He has done for you and me, and our perpetual expression of it with an attitude of gratitude in our daily lives. And, of course, we can use music to do this; however, true worship is meeting with Him, our hearts pouring out to His.
For now I would like to challenge you to live a lifestyle of worship. A life of constantly giving God your very best and that which you value the most. When you sing or pray, reflect on the words and let the song carry your heart to the living as He is the real reason you are singing that song. For this reason, you were created to worship Him. Be blessed.
Tendai Mwoyosvi has been serving God for over fifteen years and has ministered in several African countries across denominational boundaries. He studied with Global University and is currently based in Namibia serving in The Good News Church. He is married to Modestar and blessed with one son.