“Worship” has been the buzz word for a while in churches. The word worship has seemed to only be related to music, but the word goes way beyond singing songs and playing instruments. The word “worship comes from an Angelo-Saxon word meaning ‘worthship’ or to ascribe worth to something. When one “worships” God, he/she is saying that God is worthy of my time, worthy to be trusted, and worthy of adoration.
There are several ways to worship God in our personal lives. As we already know, worship can also be done through music (Ps 150) but there are many other avenues to worship such as through giving, praying, preaching, silence (Ps 46:10) and by basically bringing God glory in our daily lives (Rom 12:1).
In the corporate worship service, worship is done through the public proclamation of Scripture (1 Tim 4:13), through faithfully preaching God’s word, through sacrificially giving of one’s time and treasures, by showing the importance of praying, through observing the ordinances (the Lords Table: John 6:53-56), and of course through music. Worship is not only a “church thing” or “Sunday morning” thing, but a daily act as one goes through life
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1
In Romans chapter twelve, Paul pleads with his audience for them to present their bodies as a living sacrifice. Now he isn’t advocating human sacrifice, but the idea is to cause oneself to be at God’s disposal. To be willingly under the authority and direction of God. The idea is placing one’s self on the altar for God to use you however He pleases. It might be better seen as being a servant like the Apostles called themselves (Paul: Titus 1:1, James: Jam 1:1, Peter: 2 Peter 1:1; John: Rev 1:1). Each of these servants of God were willing to basically be a slave and allow their Master to direct each one’s life.
Paul also is not advocating a hyped up list of doing things in your own flesh. He is basically setting the stage of don’t be ‘conformed to this world’ (vs. 2) and allow its thought process drive you, but rather let God direct you. It’s not about doing things in your power and churching it up by placing on it God’s name, but rather willingly placing yourself under God’s direction and allowing Him to work through you for His glory and not your own.
Presenting one’s body as a living and holy sacrifice can only be done as one walks by the Spirit (Gal 5:16). This allows God to direct and lead your life. This type of life is pleasing to God. This type of life is worship to God.
I am not attacking Sunday morning worship sets. Don’t get me wrong. I love to hear electric guitar and drums in a corporate setting, but worship goes way beyond music. As you ascribe worth to God by willingly placing yourself under his leadership; you will begin to understand what true worship is.
Hopefully you too can say, “God is worthy of my time, worthy to be trusted, and worthy of adoration.” As you walk through your daily life; allow God to direct. This is true and pleasing worship to God.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16