“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Revelation 4:11 NKJV
Today consider with me the question, “What is true worship?”
In the last generation evangelical Christians have thought that most if not all activities in the church service, except singing, were not part of worship.
We now have “worship teams”—which is a group of people who lead singing in the service. Many people speak of the “worship time” in the gathering and by that phrase mean the time of singing.
This idea that nothing but singing is worship is not helpful to those who come each week to a church service.
The truth of the matter is that singing is indeed a time of worship but so is the public prayers, giving of tithes and offerings, reading of Scripture, the ordinances and preaching. All these things give us opportunity to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords.
The word “worship” means to bow before, to do homage.
The first recorded time of worship of the Lord Jesus in His incarnation was when the wise men came from the east. Matthew 2:11 NIV
“On coming to the house,
they saw the child with his mother Mary,
and they bowed down and worshiped him.”
Some church buildings still have benches to kneel on at particular times of worship in the service. Perhaps it would be good for all churches to have such furniture since worship means to “bow down”.
The next time you go to the house of God, ask yourself if the hymns and spiritual songs exalt the Lord and consider what it means to return a portion of your income to the Lord—seeing it is He Who has given you your income in the first place.
Look for words of praise to God in the prayers, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the sermons.
This coming Lord’s Day may you have greater than ever times of worship and praise to our wonderful Lord and Saviour!
Where shall my wondering soul begin?
How shall I all to heaven aspire?
A slave redeemed from death and sin,
A brand plucked from eternal fire,
How shall I equal triumphs raise,
Or sing my great deliverer’s praise? – Charles Wesley