What Worship Is

There was some discussion recently (on an internet group) about what Worship is. That’s fine, but here’s what’s annoying.


I was the first (and I think the last) of the discussants to actually appeal to Scripture. Most if not all of the other folks brought up some wonderful nice thoughts about how it’s like “hugging God” and stuff like that, occasionally even quoting some famous Christian worship musician or some such with nice thoughts about God’s presence at all.


News flash: Worship has nothing to do with what you get out of it, although I hope you do get something from it. Worship has nothing to do with you or me or anything. It only has to do with one person. Yeah, you know where this is going maybe. Lately, I’ve been asked a number of times what my philosophy of worship is. And honestly, I don’t have one. The Bible has one and I use it.


And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1 NLT)


It’s the start of a new day, and a new week. Worship him in surrender!


One thought on “What Worship Is

  1. I am taking a course on Church Music and Worship, which probably constitutes cheating, but I am compelled by Marva Dawn’s (Reaching Out without Dumbing Down) argument (biblically based, but I don’t have time to quote chapter and verse, and you got one of them anyway) God is the subject and the object of worship – We come to worship to celebrate and praise the God who gives us everything, and we respond offering ourselves back to that God. Kierkegaard’s ideas about worship, that it is a drama in which God is the audience is apt, except that we act in this drama only because God has given us the ability to do so. It’s all about God. Yes, it empowers us for the rest of the week, yes, it may feed us. From week to week it may not, either, and this is all side effect. The basis is, we bring our best to God in worship, every person in the congregation. And worship leaders and designers (the directors in Kierkegaard’s veiw) need to put together worship that enables the congregation to bring its best to God. My 2 cents, this AM.

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