By Karen Polich
What is worship?
It’s easier to talk about what worship is not. Worship is not music. It is not a program and it is not a feeling. Pastor Michael Cook continued his We Are… sermon series teaching why it matters to strive for impacting worship. Listen to the podcast here.
While music can be part of worship, it is a language of its own.We like different styles. Traditional or contemporary it doesn’t matter. Music itself is not worship. Music can be a great tool used in our worship.
Worship is not a slot of time on Sunday mornings. What we bring on Sundays should be an outpouring of our life. Worship does not have a specific start time and stop time based on events.
We worship because He Is good, not because we feel good. Our worship should be greater than how we feel. God is greater than how our day is going. He is unchanging.
Worship is the response of your heart to an amazing God!
The expression of your heart in worship is your language. God sees that. He is focused on what you bring. We are not the audience, He is. Our worship is something we bring to God.
Romans 12:1 (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Three anchors come out of this verse, demonstrating what worship should be. God’s mercies touch everything in our lives. Our bodies should be a living sacrifice. We should strive to be holy and pleasing in what we offer to God.
God does not want pieces or parts. He wants ALL of you. He is not looking for us to make a sacrifice, He wants us to be the sacrifice.
Worship is the believer’s response to all He is and to all He has done. It is an outpouring of our hearts to who God is.
Is worship overflowing in your life? An incredible God deserves worship that spills out of everything we do.