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5th November 2014
Part 1 of a series of blogs on worship by Impact student Tamara Brunton
Psalm 40:1-3 reminds us that God “drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure” and has welcomed us into His family as adopted sons and daughters. From this solid truth, and the hope we find in Christ, our worship should be overflowing for everything that God has done for us.
Some people may think that worship is the time when you come to church, lift your arms and sing along with the other people who you call your church family. However, Sunday meetings are not the only time or form of worship. One definition of worship is the reverent devotion we pledge to God. Worship is also something we should be doing continually, not just on a Sunday morning or evening, as we should be worshipping and glorifying God in all that we do. Worship shouldn’t be saved for when you experience God or see his wonders or for when you have a real encounter with the Holy Spirit: It should be an ongoing praise for all that God has done, and will continue to do for you.
Worship music is brilliant and has aided countless times of Sunday personal worship for myself, and I think that it is a brilliant source to help us to engage and get stuck in to worship. However, singing is not the only way that you can worship God. Isaiah 29:13 says, “And the Lord said: Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.” Worship wasn’t ever something that we are ordered to do, but it should come from our innermost self, from how thankful we are to God for how gracious and merciful He has been to us: even as sinners who have turned against him, He still loves us. Worship should be primarily internal and anything external should come from being completely immersed in God, from being entirely filled with the Spirit.
We aren’t to come to a Sunday morning service and to just stand singing along to the songs that are played by the worship band, just as the worship band is not to come along and play a few songs because that’s what they’ve been asked to do. We are to fully engage in God with our heart, spirit and mind. We are to fully worship him and lift him up, just like the people of Israel in 2 Chronicles 6:26: “When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, 'For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.'"
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