What is the definition of worship?
A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.-C.S. Lewis
It is important to begin with a working definition of worship in order to draw any conclusions regarding worship ministry. Worship is complex and the following five definitions give us the broadest sense of meaning.
1) Worship is absorption with God rather than self.
2) Worship is an adoring attitude toward the person, attributes, and acts of a transcendent God, and a willful desire to conform to Him through obedience to His revealed will.
3) Worship is an act by a redeemed man, the creature, toward God his creator, in which the will, the intellect, and emotions gratefully respond to the revelation of God’s person as expressed in the redemptive work of Christ. This can only occur as the Holy Spirit illuminates God’s written Word to a worshiper’s mind and heart.
4) Worship is a quickening of the conscience by the holiness of God, feeding the mind with the truth of God, purging the imagination by the beauty of God, opening the heart to the love of God, and devoting the will to the purpose of God.
5) Worship is God’s gift to us for our blessing more than His. His objective is not the securing of our adulation but our discovery and realization of advancement in His intended purpose for our fulfillment.
CONCLUSION: The act of worship implies communion and fellowship. The eternal, infinite God desires communion with man, and finite man in turn is capable of fellowshipping with the living God.
If you would like to be a part of Valley’s worship ministry, whether as a vocalist, musician, or on our tech team, please contact Pastor Jess.
Check Yourself – What is Really Important?
Courtesy Pastor Bobby Sanderson
1. Is worship about God or is it about what I like?
2. Do I seek God’s presence or the comfort of being with friends and doing what is familiar?
3. When is the last time God “blind-sided” me and spoke in a way I did not expect?
4. Am I so contemporary I lose the transcendence of God?
5. Am I so traditional that I forget God’s relevance?
6. Do I see myself as part of an audience giving approval/disapproval to worship leaders?
7. Can God use what I don’t like?
8. Am I more into music than the spoken word?
9. Do I ignore the command to sing just to get to the “message?”
10. Do I leave worship with a clear sense of what I’m supposed to do?
11. Is the style of worship more important to me than the object of worship?
12. Do I love God’s presence as much as the songs I sing and play?
13. Can I worship God when it’s hard work and my joy is running low?