The Heart of Worship

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Worship. Most people believe that worship is a time in the Sunday service where you stand up and sing songs. Some churches sing traditional songs and hymns. Some churches sing contemporary and some churches mix it up. There is no right or wrong style. There is nothing wrong with hymns or praise music as long as it points to Jesus.

However, the issue of worship is not about style or song as much as it is about your attitude in it. Why?
If you enter a time of corporate worship and you are not expectant or anticipating the Holy Spirit to show up and work in you and the church then all you are doing is singing words on a screen (or a hymnal).
Worship is not just 15 minutes of singing on Sunday morning. There is so much more that worship is.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.”
Worship is your life.
You were created in the image and for the glory of God.
If you are a true disciple of Jesus, you are compelled to worship. Your love for Jesus is shown in your passion and zeal for Him and your devotion to Him. You will be wrecked by the gospel because you understand the weight and reality of what a life apart from Jesus will bring.
Your greatest joy is to do what you know will most please Christ. What is that? Live out Scripture. Obedience to the Word of God. It is not enough as James says, to just hear the word. You must do what it says. Did you get that? You must DO what it says.
You must love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
You must love your neighbor as yourself.
You must forgive to the degree that Christ forgave you.
You must not have any other gods before the One, True, Holy, Almighty, Sovereign God.
Worship is about giving glory to whom it is due. For a disciple that is God. To God alone be the glory.
Don’t let 15 minutes of singing on a Sunday morning be the only time that you give glory to God. From the time you wake up in the morning till you go to sleep at night intentionally seek out ways to give God glory in all that you do.
Live everyday compelled to give God glory because you can’t help it. If you are a disciple then the work Jesus did on the cross was sufficient to provide salvation for you. You cannot help but to give glory to the one who paid it all. You are ransomed, redeemed, free. You are no longer a slave to sin but now you get to be a slave to Christ.
Give all glory to God.