August 20th, 2009
- Main Entry: 1wor·ship
- Pronunciation: \ˈwər-shəp also ˈwȯr-\
- Function: noun
- Etymology: Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth + -scipe -ship
- Date: before 12th century
Worship is what each one of us is called to do and what we are created to do. Like we’ve learned these past weeks, It’s not whether or not you worship, It’s what you worship.
When we fully engage in worship, we not only bless the Lord but also are blessed ourselves. When we worship it:
· Gets our focus and attention on what really Matters, God
· Strengthens our hearts and minds to receive all that He has for us
· Gives us an opportunity to tell God how thankful we are for who He is and what He’s doing
· Allows us to feel how near God is and how much he loves us and how much He enjoys fellowship with us
Worship goes beyond our experiences on Sunday morning. So all of the benefits from worship can be experienced in our everyday lives as we allow God to be a part of everything we do.
“This story of God initiating a relationship and of the people responding in faith is not only the story of salvation and redemption, but it comprises the very essence of worship. What lies at the heart of worship is God’s continual movement toward the peoples of the world and the continual response of the people of God in faith and obedience.” (Robert E. Webber)
Sunday morning is going to be an amazing opportunity for us to worship our God like never before. To respond to what he’s saying to us and showing us. Sunday morning will have many different elements being used. All of which can be used for worship. Such as:
· Music (1 Chronicles 15:16-19)
· Video (2 Kings 6-7)
· Scripture Readings (Ex. 22:18-22; 23:1-9; 34:11-26; Lev. 18:7-18; Deut. 27:15-26)
· Drama/Dance (O.T. Choreographed Movements)
· Art (2 Kings 6-7)
Worship can be experienced visually, audibly, tangibly, etc.
As long as our hearts and minds are open to what He is doing. There are no limits to what God can do.
Worship is ascribing worth to what truly is worthy a.k.a. Worth-ship.