How do you define worship?

Read: Psalm 95

If someone came up to you at work or on the street and asked you to define “worship” what would you say? I think for many Christians our minds go immediately to Sunday worship services. But we know there is much more to worshiping Jesus than just one hour of each week in one place. Worshiping the Lord is defined as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for God.” I hope that is not a one hour per week thing for us!

The Psalms are full of worship. Psalm 95 is entitled “An invitation to worship God.” It begins by proclaiming, “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Here are some others…..

Psalm 71:8 says, “My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.”
Psalm 103:1 says, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”
Psalm 63:1 says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
Psalm 16:2 says, “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

Worship should be defined by how we live our daily lives. A constant reliance, a continuous focus, and an unwavering desire to be in relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Worship allows us to get through the difficult things that come up in our daily lives. Worship reminds us that the things we fear (ebola, wars, violence, sickness, financial) are not overcome in our own strength but in the promise that Christ is with us and will sustain us in these times.

I like what Paul Billheimer once said. He said, “Surely that which occupies the total time and energies of heaven must be a fitting pattern for earth.” Our pattern of worship should be daily and should include times of giving thanks, praising Jesus for all he has done for us, and calling on him in our greatest hours of need. If we turn to money, things, and people during those times of need we are worshiping them as our source of help. When we turn to God we are saying, “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:3

Make it personal: Find ways to worship Jesus during your day. Maybe it is by having worship music playing in the background, maybe it is taking times to pray throughout the day, maybe it is just looking at the colorful trees this Fall and proclaiming out loud how you are in awe of him and his creation. There are many ways, the only thing that matters is that we acknowledge who God is and what the Lord means to us. That is worship!

Have a worship filled week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church