Thursday, July 1, 2010

Worship Matters

I am still convinced that one of the reasons we are so disattisfied with worship in our churches is that for many of our brothers and sisters, Sunday is the only time they worship. Sadly, worship is reduced to the instructions listed in the bulletin.

It's no wonder we feel bored and empty. Listen. It's not about music, contemporary or traditional; it's not about service length, hymnal or words projected. These are smoke screens. The issue is we simply do not worship as a part of our daily lives. We don't worship God in the places where we live and work and experience life. We live in too much of a parallel universe, where our church life and our daily lives do not comingle. If we never worship all week then Sunday gathering becomes, "What's in it for me?"

Because of poor theology we are under the impression that worship is confined to those specific times of corporate worship when we’re singing. As such, churches have given titles such as “worship leader” or “worship team” to those leading us musically. Thus, people naturally conclude that the “worship” portions of the service take place exclusively when we’re singing. God’s Word, however, teaches us that singing is only one part of the worship service and that our prayers, affirmations, confessions of sin, Scripture readings, sermons, and singing are all parts of corporate worship.

Worship is the Christian’s all-encompassing service to our covenant Lord who has set us free to worship Him in beauty and splendor, holiness and freedom, so that wherever we are — in our closets, our homes, and our churches — we can worship Him in Spirit and in truth, with reverence and awe, according to His Word and for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31).