Worship is a lifestyle (way of life) not merely an event or a moment in time. It is more than singing songs, lifting our hands, shouting, jumping and dancing. In fact without a personal ongoing relationship and daily communication with the Lord, these expressions of praise and worship are simply physical activity. You see the desire to worship is sparked/fueled by knowing and communicating with the Lord. There is an infusion process that takes place when His Spirit connects with our spirit and that connection happens through relationship and communication.
I have read Psalm after Psalm, Scripture after Scripture but nowhere could I find just one portion of Scripture that totally defined all what Worship is. I personally believe the subject of worship is just too big, vast and deep to contain it into just a few words, verses or even paragraphs.
As I was searching out the scriptures, I discovered what I believe to be the foundation of Worship, that my friends is love! In Mark 12:28 -33 (NLT) it says, “One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
Worship therefore is simply “love responding to love”. Worship is our thoughts and feelings expressed through some form of action, physically or verbally. Unless a feeling or thought is expressed by some form of action it will only remain a feeling or thought. Sometimes this isn’t comfortable for us, but to maintain any healthy relationship, communication is necessary. If we don’t communicate there will be a natural decline. So don’t be afraid to express your thoughts and feelings to Him, after all look at how He showed and expressed His love for us. He gave His life, so we could live an abundant full life! That alone is enough to worship Him through action for the rest of our lives.
To lead a lifestyle of worship and have a healthy relationship with Him, it will take commitment, obedience and sacrifice! It won’t be easy. In fact it will no doubt cost us something. At some point we will probably have to lay down our pride, selfish desires, personal rights, finances and time. The life of a true worshipper is one of selflessness and sacrifice, it is costly and it’s more than likely going to hurt!
Though the lifestyle of worship is not the easiest path it is so very rewarding. There is nothing like living in His presence and having a strong healthy relationship with Him. For knowing Him is knowing peace! The question we need to ask ourselves is, are we willing to do what it takes, yield to His Spirit and lay down our lives for Him? after all He gave it all for us to live…..