It becomes one of those words that can have very little meaning if you’re not careful.
Like when we say, “I’m praying for you,” but we never think about it again.
We say it because we’re Christians and we “should” be praying for others.
Same thing with worship.
We talk about the “worship” portion of our Sunday morning service: “We take up the offering after worship”; “We sang some great songs during worship”; “Worship was too loud today”; or sometimes it’s, “We sang that song way too long in worship.”
Somehow worship has stopped being a way of life and has become a segment of our service: A simple term to explain the thirty or forty minutes of singing after the announcements and before the message. But maybe it was meant to be much, much more.
“All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”-
Maybe you are one of those who doesn’t like worship, so you show up late to church to miss that part of the service.
Maybe your church doesn’t have the greatest worship, and you feel if they would just get a new worship leader or a new band or pick better songs - then you would enjoy worship.
And I get it.
Somewhere along the way we have started to think of worship in a real churchy, religious way and in a way that is more about us and less about worship.
Pray this with me today:
You call us to worship, but somewhere along the way that has just become another word to us. We aren’t sure what it means most days, or how it even applies to our daily lives as we do laundry and cook and clean and go to work; it just sounds like one more thing to add to our to do list. But we know you are not a list-making God. Anything you require is for life and for love. Show us where the life and love is in worship.
Author: Brooke Kireta