Sometimes many of us can get into the routine of believing that worship is music. We reduce worship to being a song. While it can include a song, it isn’t that. True worship is about offering ourselves to God, not just words of songs. Our worship is lived out in being obedient to God in every moment and situation. It is a lifestyle. Romans 12:1 says “I appeal therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
Worship is a daily intentional choice to come to God and live the life He is asking. Sacrifices usually die or are dead. God is asking that we live a life that willingly gives up our plans for His.
Every day we have an opportunity to worship God in everything we do and say – in God’s time and God’s way.
What does that practically look like? Whole worship takes our body, minds, and emotions.
Worship can be as simple as spending time with someone, taking a meal or cleaning a yard for someone, giving a word of encouragement, helping someone through a difficult time, spending more time in prayer or lifting a song, even during a painful season. Worship shows up in so many ways, yet is one thing- a lifestyle submitted to God in daily obedience.
Our bodies worship God with the fruit of our lips giving thanks, with our kneeling before the Lord our maker, with our hands lifted up. It takes our bodies to do to the least of these and love others as ourselves, giving something to eat and drink, to clothe and look after others in need.
Our minds worship in spirit and in truth, taking time in prayer and reading His word because the fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins. We choose to allow the Word of Christ to have a place of dwelling richly in our thoughts and hearts so that we can teach others and be examples with our choices of what or who we listen to, or look at, and how we speak to others and of the Lord we serve.
Our emotions help us to be welcoming to one another and comforting those with the comfort we have received from God. We live showing kindness, compassion, being tenderhearted, showing forgiveness and love.
Every day we have an opportunity to worship God in everything we do and say – in God’s time and God’s way. We can ask God daily – How would you like my act of worship to look today?
I love music. I really love to lift a song to the Lord, but asking God to make my worship more than a song makes sure that I am never out of tune. The heart of worship is more than a song and is always about Him.
“And whatever you do, on word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” — Colossians 3:17
That is worship!