|Posted by Donna Dawson on July 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM|
I have recently enjoyed the mind stimulating writing of Ravi Zachariah through his book 'Jesus Among Other God's'. This book and a number of events has brought me to the beginning of understanding worship. Before I say what it is, I'd like to say what it isn't.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'worship'? Is it music? Dancing? Scripture reading? I used to think so but I'm am discovering that worship is so different than what the world describes.
I think the idea of worship came to me while watching a news interview just after the release of the final Harry Potter movie. Some of those young adults had grasped the concept of worship. They had spent many of their years learning about Harry. They didn't necessarily sing songs about him but I bet if the intro-music for the first movie started playing they could chime in because it became a part of them. Something in them recognized it and almost compelled them to express identification with it. Whether they hummed along or simply said, "Hey! I know that song!", it was clear that the song had become deeply entrenched in them. That was the beginning of worship for them.
Then there was all the external paraphernalia--the T-shirts, the tattoos, the rings and swords and glasses and scarves--that was an outward symbolistic form of worship. These young people wanted not just to watch Harry, they wanted to be identified with him.
Then came the moment-by-moment anticipation of anything Harry-related. The next movie. The hard cover edition of the books (not sure there was one). The school ground chatter about the effects and the plot and how Harry was such a hero to them. Can you see where I'm going? These followers of Harry spent most of their day in worship to him.
Do we do that with our Saviour? Do we anticipate the next wonderous yet simplistic display in nature that makes us burst with pride over our Creator? Do we catch ourselves marveling at the next breath we breathe--and the next--and the next--knowing that our Lord has given each one to us simply because He can? Do we feel the words of each Christian song or do we sing out of repetition? Does our mind constantly work through how we will act in each moment--using the standard of the cross as our measure?
That is worship!
Not a couple of songs droned out on a Sunday morning. Not the chink of change in the offering plate. Not the good deed we force ourselves to do because it is expected. No!
Worship is our spirit connecting with His Spirit through the beauty of music and pouring out through the mouth because to not do so would make us burst. Worship is the casting off of materialism because of a heart that sees the chains by which it binds--and sees that none of it is ours in the first place. Worship is the deeds that come from the great love we know is poured on us from the place of crucifixion and resurrection--and our answering love.
Worship is now. It is constant. It is thoughtful and instinctive yet still deliberate. The Christian should understand this and pour their worship out at the foot of God's throne in every second and in every action.