There are over 7 billion people on this planet. I don’t know how many of them are worshipers of the God of the Bible, but if we were to take a survey of those who claim to worship the LORD, we would get a wide range of responses to the question, “What is worship?”
Each one would have his or her favorite verses on the subject, and that’s okay.
The thing that I see in this is that there are NUMEROUS ways that we can worship God. What is required for it truly to be worship is that we have a heart that believes His word, a humble heart that is in full surrender to Him, a recognition of His being worthy of our adoration above all else.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB
In the book of Genesis and in many other books of the Bible, all the way to Revelation, we see bowing down as a form of worship.
Another form of Old Testament worship was going to the tabernacle or Temple and offering sacrifices.
The Psalms speak over and over about music being part of worship. This included various instruments (melodic, harmonic, and percussion), singing, and dancing! We also see lifting of hands as a form of worship in the Psalms.
Does this mean that we have to do all of these things in order to worship God? NO!!!
One of these ways is NOT BETTER THAN the others!!
We who are mere humans try to put God, who is unfathomable, in a BOX! Can you imagine that? When we look at it in black and white on a page, we know that this is impossible!
God cannot and will not be put in a box.
We do not limit God in our box-stuffing efforts. Instead, we put ourselves and others in bondage to our legalistic ideas of God.
I’ve worshiped in an Asian church where the women sat on one side and the men on the other and the only word I understood was the name for God. I still worshiped God.
I’ve worshiped in an international church with believers from many different backgrounds and ideas. I worshiped God there.
I’ve worshiped God in a couple of very formal churches that were totally not how I was raised. And yes, I worshiped God there.
One of my favorite worship experiences was in a church where they seemed to understand the concept that it’s okay to worship God in the way He is leading you through His Holy Spirit. Some raised their hands, some did not. Some swayed, some stood still. If someone wanted to bow, that was okay.
These are all outer trappings of what is supposed to be an inner reality.
The important thing is to make sure that our inner reality is truly that of being in a state of wholeheartedly adoring God above all else, of recognizing His worth, of being totally focused on Him and His holiness.
This does not necessarily start in a worship gathering. It may start in our own personal worship time at home, in our car, or sitting in nature and meditating on how wonderful God is. Wherever we are, we should have God first in our hearts.
“Give to the Lord the glory his name deserves. Worship the Lord in his holy splendor.” Psalm 29:2 GW
“Ascribe to Jehovah the honour of His name, Bow yourselves to Jehovah, In the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2 YLT
Today, I’m thankful that God calls me to worship Him both corporately and privately! I’m thankful that He has given me the forgiveness that I need in order to approach Him and that He accepts me through Christ’s sacrifice!
What about you? Have you ever considered that there is not just one way of worshiping God? Have you ever been guilty of putting God in a box by not thinking outside the box? Are you willing to take a look at Scripture and find how amazing God is?