Rev 4: 11 NIV
Prayer, meditation, ritual, scripture, sacraments, sacrifice, sermons, chanting, music or devotional song, dance, religious holidays, festivals, pilgrimage, dining, fasting, temples or shrines, idols, or simply private individual acts of devotion.
- Telling God we love him
- Giving Glory to God
- Thanking God for all he has created
We are made to worship. When the presence of God comes to us who await His appearing, our hearts respond with worship and adoration. As we worship, we move in a realm of faith that pleases God. Ministering pure worship reaches the heart of God. We need to come also to present ourselves as an offering, seeking only that He would be blessed. Worship is expressed in many ways, but is essentially an attitude of heart.
"Teach me Your Ways, O Lord, that I may live according to Your Truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honour You. With all my heart I will praise You, O Lord my God. I will give glory to Your Name forever....."
Psalm 86: 11 and 12, NLT
Worship interpreted and painted by Caroline Jordan
In conclusion, I would like to suggest that every thing we do in life can be done for the Glorification of God and can be an act of worship. I have just spent three years writing, preparing, directing and producing a school production. I have put my heart and soul into this project. I would argue that the whole project from start to finish has been an act of worship - a testimony to my walk with Jesus and as the final product looms next week, it will be to me for the glory of my God.
I have experienced amazing worship with other Christians, but I have also experienced amazing worship alone on a beach in Skye. Worship is a very complex and personal thing. I certainly find it hard to put into words. I also feel that as we grow in our Christian walk, our acts of worship change, deepen and develop. I know that I will return to this question again and again, because it is my calling to gather people to worship and to lead them to a deeper and more personal relationship with God. One thing I am certain of, as I return to this question, during my two years of training as a Lay Preacher, the answer will almost certainly always be a different one......