I have the great privilege of being on the worship team at my church. Even though I still get nervous at times, I really enjoy getting up there and leading worship with the rest of the team. To be able to use one of the gifts God has given us for His glory…that’s really all we should strive for.
However, we have a tendency to confine worship. We put it in this little box and say that worship is singing praise songs and lifting our hands as we sing of our Creator. Sure, this is worship, but it doesn’t have to be confined to Sunday mornings/Wednesday nights or whenever a Christian song is playing on the radio.
What does worship mean, exactly? To praise our God for everything He’s done, to bring glory to Him. But let’s get a little more precise. Does worship mean singing praise songs? Wouldn’t praying or reading the Bible also be forms of worship?
Before the service starts, we say “Worship is starting” (or something along those lines, anyway) and begin the first song. But should our worship really be “starting”. Maybe the service is starting; however, I think that our worship should be continuous. Worship isn’t something we should do. It’s something we should live.
If worship is bring glory to God, shouldn’t we be striving to do that every day, every moment of our lives? While we can do it with our voices, we can also do it through the way we treat others, the thoughts we think–everything that we do.
When we start to live and breathe worship, our relationship with God grows stronger and closer. When, in every moment, the only thing we want is to serve and glorify and adore Him, we are really living a Christian life. That’s the kind of life I want to live. I want the world to know that He is the reason I live, the source of every breath I breathe. Praise God!