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Worship is all of life

In many evangelical circles, worship is often associated with music.  Go to your local church, house church or small group and you’ll spend the first part of community time in “worship” which is composed for the most part of a series of songs sung together.  After that, you’ll move on to a study of the Word, sharing the Lord’s Supper or other elements of community. worship

Some people criticize the worship=music formula by saying that “worship is all of life”.  What I think they mean is that in all that we do, our desire must be to turn all the praise back to God (Colossians 3:17).  What I find interesting is that the worship of this group is as limited, as incomplete as those who include only music in their worship.

Now I am definitely not against music as a means of worship.  The Scriptures are full of references to this effect.  I believe that most of us would also heartily agree that all that we do in life should give praise back to God.  As our Creator God we “live, move and exist” in Him.  However, what does worship mean?  What does it include?

Worship is the heart response to discovering more and more of who God is and is expressed in a multitude of ways.

And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.”  (Matthew 2:11)

And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!””  (Matthew 14.33)

  • Worship may be expressed by the giving away of what we treasure to be used by God.
  • Worship may be expressed in words which declare who He is.
  • Worship may be expressed in the physical posture we choose to take.
  • Worship may be expressed as we make application of God’s Word to our daily lives after hearing and engaging others in the study of that Word.
  • Worship may be expressed by talking with God: sharing our hearts with Him and lifting Him up as the source of our life.

Come let us worship.

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