Worship

"Your Majesty! I gravel at your feet!" 
- Pumba 

What does it mean to worship? The dictionary definition is to feel or show reverence or adoration.

Many of us think of singing as worship, especially those who grew up in a typical Christian church. They literally call the hymnals out, organ vibrating, piano plinking, voices raised portion of Sunday morning "worship." When we started going to a small Baptist church in a rural community it was balm to my soul to be singing out of a hymnal again.

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Now it may look like dimmed overhead lighting, a shifting array of colors, and lyrics floating on screens instead of in books conveniently located in the seatback pocket in front of you.

Though there may be some Christians who firmly insist that hymns are the only way to worship and that contemporary forms are for entertainment at best and downright blasphemy at worst. I would strongly urge you not to listen to anyone telling you that. King David didn't (see the story of the return of the Ark to Jerusalem, David's dancing, and his wife's reaction in 2 Samuel 6).

Worship takes on countless forms, and if one form like singing isn't the only way to worship - then there certainly must be more than one way to make music together on a weekly basis.

Old familiar hymns the sweet dusty sepia pages of the hymnal propped on Grandma's console piano are certainly one way to worship. There is an undeniable beauty to some of the old hymns.

But for some of us, the deafening roar of songs blending uninterrupted, lights shifting subtly may be what it takes to drown out our own internal pandemonium. To disconnect us from the cares of the day to focus on the One on Whom we are called to cast all our cares. As much as I find comfort in those old hymns, for myself the most authentic worship is unleashed in a contemporary setting.

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Whatever method suits you, we are called to worship. If we do not, the very gravel at His feet will.
"I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!" 
- Jesus, Luke 19:40b
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So if mere rocks without souls can cry out in worship, it's ok that I don't sing all that well. And again, singing isn't the only way to praise God. Worship takes countless forms in the Bible. Simply living in purity is an act of worship.
"...present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." 
- Romans 12:1b
In fact, anything you do can be done as an act of worship. Worship is more about the posture of the heart than the posture of the body. Your body may be kneeling, arms raised, tears streaming down your face but if your heart is puffed with pride, shriveled with bitterness, or salivating with lust - any posture of worship you may be conveying has been negated by what is hidden.

The heart can be lifted in worship while serving macaroni and cheese on paper plates. Kindness and patience toward Him can be praise even as your body is wracked with disease and too weak to take a breath of air, much less sing. The mundane can be miraculous when we give it back to the Author and Perfecter of wonder.
"Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
- Colossians 3:17

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