Worship is a phrase that gets tossed around quite a bit, especially in Christian circles. I began reflecting on the idea of worship this week – worship music, acts of worship, worshipping idols, etc. The more I thought about it, the less sure I became that I understood the concept. Sure, I grasped the general meaning of the word in the context of a sentence, but that is not the same as truly understanding.
I read some articles, reflected on some scripture, and I researched definitions from 1898 to today’s Google dictionary.
In the end, Google’s definition is what I started mulling over more intently: “To feel or express reverence and adoration…” In the general use of the word, it seemed accurate. But it also seemed somewhat lacking in my personal experience with worshipping God. There was a gap. Something didn’t quite add up.
Eventually, I realized the gap was in the subject matter of the worship. When we worship status or people or power we personally feel reverence and adoration. It is by preference or conditioning that we assign importance to these things. But when it comes to God, it is not us that assigns His importance, He simply IS important.
Worshipping God starts with the recognition of who God is. By studying His character and believing all He has done, reverence and adoration is a natural reaction.
Worshipping anything else is a personal choice, whether it is conscious or unconscious. And that kind of worship will ultimately disappoint us because our adoration for anything of this world will be unsatisfactory. We can never have enough power, enough money, or enough attention.
On the other hand, we were created to worship the Lord. This is not to satisfy the Lord, but to satisfy us. Only the Lord is enough to satisfy us. He alone has enough love and power and forgiveness and faithfulness to meet us where we are, heal our wounds, and fill in where we lack. By recognizing this truth, we cannot help but naturally adore and have reverence for the one who makes this possible.
If we choose to recognize His importance in all we do, then anything we do can become an act of worship. And this worship brings humility and peace, which, in turn, brings gratitude and joy. It opens a faucet of living water ready to quench our every thirst and nourish the fruit of the spirit in our lives.
Take the time to reflect on His character and the action He’s taken in loving you. And then ask yourself if you are trying to worship without recognizing God for who He is. Or maybe you recognize Him but still hold back your worship in certain areas. In either case, what is stopping you?
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|Ginny Priz is a Christian coach, writer and speaker. Ginny has overcome her own drama with a prosthetic arm, alcohol, panic disorder, and codependency. She has a passion for guiding others toward the same peace and freedom she has come to experience. Ditching drama is possible for anyone “armed” with God and the Serenity Prayer! It’s never too late to start your own Serenity Journey.
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