Overseers Adam Diehl & Jon Paul Robles

What is worship? What comes to mind when you hear that word? Some common misconceptions may include: a sunday morning program, traditional church music, contemporary church music, Christian symbols or ordinances (remembering things, liturgical things), emotional freedom (“Spirit directed spontaneity”), emotional restraint, preaching and teaching, boring, irrelevant, God at work.

There is certainly an element of truth in all of these descriptions. But I like to think that worship cannot be defined. The idea of worship is just too big for a definition. The closest thing we can get to it is a description of worship. So here’s my best stab at it.

First, we must look at where worship begins. John 4:23 says, (words of Jesus), “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (NIV, emphasis mine). Did you catch that? I made it bold and italics so you would. There’s a lot of good stuff to pull from that verse, but what I’m trying to point out is that God is seeking true worshipers! God is seeking US! We are those who are sought. Even now as I type these words at my kitchen table I am overjoyed over this. I’m reminded of John 17:24 that recounts the prayer of Jesus, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am . . .” Next to this verse, in my bible, I wrote with a pen, “Holy Crud! God wants to be with me!?” So where does worship start? It starts with God. He’s the initiator of the worship relationship.

Second, we need to look at the nature of the worshiper. Ever since the beginning of time – humans have instinctively found something to offer their full spiritual devotion. Once we realize the glory of God that Jesus wants us to be a part of – we enter into worship. (Notice I’m not saying anything about music right here).

              The Worship Model (from Pete Sanchez Jr.)

              1) God is actively seeking out worshipers (John 4:23 – We are the sought!)

              2) Humans instinctively find some object of full spiritual devotion.

              3) At the point where the sought discovers the unmatched worth of the seeker “combustion” (our worship) occurs.

              2 Responses to "Defining Worship."

              1. I always thought it was interesting that the first time the English word “worship” was found in Bible was Gen. 22 – where Abraham said “we will worship and then come back” – then he went to sacrifice his son!I believe worship is “giving to God what He deserves.” – which is our best.

              2. [...] wrote about that here. God is worth a response. Has God done anything in your life AT ALL? If he has, then respond in [...]

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