Well, I said I’d read Grudem’s chapter on worship. Here’s the definition it kicks off with:
Worship is the activity of glorifying God in his presence with our voices and hearts.
When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, God sent this message to Pharaoh: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert”. In the end, God’s people were released from slavery in Egypt to go and worship Him. In much the same way, we are called out of being slaves to sin, but we are called to worship. This, in turn, is a reflection of when we are finished with this life, and can live in God’s presence, worshipping Him forever. Our greatest freedom is the freedom to worship God. Worship is what He deserves.
I really love this song by Bob Kilpatrick. The lyrics are pretty straightforward. They’re just simply:
“In my life Lord, be glorified, be glorified; in my life Lord, be glorified today
In your church Lord, be glorified, be glorified; in your church Lord, be glorified today”
At church, we used to sing this, and add other verses like, ‘In my school’ and ‘In my home’. It’s a great reminder that the heart of worship is a desire to see God being glorified in what we do. Yes, part of that is through our singing, but it’s also just through the way we live our lives.
Here it is. I’m sort of sorry that I’ve got a cold, and the guitar playing isn’t too smooth, but I’m not that bothered, because I wasn’t actually singing it for you…
Oh yeah, sorry I didn’t shave…
How would you sum up what worship is?