I decided to look up the definition of worship. The word worship means to: bow low, pay homage, show devotion, express feelings of adoration. Every definition I looked up included ACTION. So from what I can see, worship takes action, no matter how you look at it. Worship therefore is an expression of ones feelings and thoughts towards the one they are worshiping. It is an expression of ones heart and therefore reflects the condition of ones heart. The fact is, if we just sit there and keep all our thoughts and feelings inside, they simply remain thoughts and feelings. It isn’t until we take action and express them verbally or physically that they become worship!
Throughout the Bible we are instructed over and over to worship the Lord. Never once have I come across any exceptions or exemptions that excuse any Christian from the responsibility of worship. I believe the only one excused from these instructions is the one who has not yet been redeemed. I know for some, expressing feelings isn’t easy, because they are shy and have more reserved personalities. But we, even the most reserved are instructed to express our worship. At first this presented quite a challenge for me because I am naturally an introvert. In fact, when I first became a follower of Jesus Christ, this was way out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I sit back and just laugh at God’s sense of humor, because He has taken me the (blending into the crowd, slip in out of church services without being seen, introvert) and placed me on the platform as a worship leader and public speaker. Sometimes I just shake my head and say, “Lord, I trust You know what is best”.
Over the last six years the Lord has moved me out of my comfortable place & challenged me to grow and trust Him. My goal as His worshipper, is to always be moving forward and growing in my relationship with the Lord. Believe me there is room for me to step it up a bit! So, if you happen to hear me singing a little louder or see me doing a little dancing, don’t be surprised. Oh how I want my life to be an expression of worship to God. I desire to lavish Him with my worship as an expression of my love and gratitude, holding nothing back. I often remind myself that worship is more than a song, it’s a lifestyle. I have so much to be thankful for, after all He is the reason I am alive. My life and my worship belong to Him.
Psalm 40:2-3 “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.”