Worship is not an act but an attitude – Rev B. Djin
I always used to think as a kid (okay I thought same through out my teenage years too) that worship referred to the songs we sing. When a song was a little slow on the tempo then it was worship. If someone had asked me during that period what worship was, I would have boldly yet ignorantly said when we lift up our hearts to the Lord and sing songs in reverence to Him. (Thank goodness no one asked)
Worship is not the feeling we get when we sing, neither is it the songs we sing, nor trying to get God to bless us. Worship is not about the choir or what happens on stage. Worship isn’t something we do but an attitude we adopt and that attitude makes us do things.
There are many definitions out there for worship but the one I love and has stuck with me is the definition by my pastor and it says ‘ worship is relinquishing your will for God’s Will‘. That is to say worship is placing God first, making Him the top most priority in your life and most importantly giving up your will for His perfect Will. Surrendering your being to Him and His plans for you. Worship is looking to God and Him alone.
True worship flows from the heart or as people at my church would say ‘ it’s a heart thing’. When we call ourselves worshippers and we say and do things to show our ‘worship’, God doesn’t pay attention to just the deeds… He checks out our heart. He checks the motive behind those acts. Sometimes, we find ourselves singing and lifting up our hands and shouting but they are all meaningless if God is not exalted in our hearts.
“ Worship isn’t just a slow song on Sunday, its obedience on Monday” – John Bevere
Would you still worship God if He stopped blessing you? Would you if there wasn’t any significant move in your life? Would you still worship Him if there were no miracles in your life? Do you worship God as a response to the deeds He does for you? Is your worship rooted on the bases that He would do something in your life?
True worship is born from a heart that acknowledges who God is and not what He can do for them. True worship is grounded in the fact that He is God alone!! I don’t know about you but the realization of that made me reevaluate my life. Do I worship God because of the benefits or do I worship Him simply because He is God and forever worthy of it regardless of what He does and doesn’t do.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. – John 4:24
True worship births service. I was watching an interview and Eric Gilmour said ‘ we should never let the means of worship eclipse the object of worship‘ yes, true worship positions us in the image of God and births service to the kingdom but these acts or these means of our expressions of worship should not cloud our minds and become more important than WHO we are worshipping.
We must remember that worship isn’t the service we perform however true worship, born from a heart of flesh does produce service. Worship isn’t what we do but an attitude we adopt. Worship shouldn’t be based on what God can do for us but because He’s God and worthy of it and most importantly Worship isn’t a calling to a selected few but to everyone in the kingdom of God.
A true worshipper must therefore exhibit the fruits of the spirit which is Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance Galatians 5:22-23 KJV