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What is Worship?

This year our church Praise and Worship Team is undertaking an intense study of praise and worship- beyond the music. What exactly is praise and worship? How does it work? Why is God pleased in it?

Below is a letter I sent to the Praise and Worship Team earlier this afternoon. I hope it enriches and deepens your understanding of this sacrificial offering, as it does our Praise and Worship Team.

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."- John 4:23-24

Worship is not music. Worship does not mean "lift your hands."

The core of worship is obedience. To worship is to become inferior to a superior.  

Worship is when our heart and spirit adores and connects with the Spirit of God. Worship is when the core of who we are is found loving Him.

When we worship God, we tell Him "You are better than I am. You are wiser than I am. You are stronger than I am. Your ways are better than mine. I trust you"

Worship is the ability to look at God and bow before His will- even in the face of uncertainty, anxiety, and disaster. Whether we realize it or not, everything about our lives depends on our ability to say “our God is The Awesome God.”

True worship is not about the songs sung, it is not the size of the Praise Team, it is not the size of the Choir, it is not how good the band sounds.

Music is a wonderful expression of worship, but music in and of itself is not the essence of worship. True worship is when our heart and soul, and everything in us humbles and adores the Spirit of God.

In fact, no matter how great the music is, unless our hearts are fully engaged in obedient sacrifice to God, great music will still only be great music. However, the song of a sincere heart that is yearning for more of God and less of oneself is the key to many victories and the wondrous enjoyment of the heart of our King.

For us to sing about the Lord is not enough. Worship means completely giving ourselves to the Lord. It is not a ritual, nor a musical emotion. Worship is selfless, humbling, and sacrificial, and inasmuch glorifies Christ.


In conclusion, the definition is simple- worship is not a style of music. Worship is not a tempo. These are very narrow and limited views of God's great love and riches. Granted, throughout the year we will dig deeper into the music, songs (Psalm 33:1-3), and postures that move heaven and earth. But, regardless of the method, worship must first be rooted in spirit (our rational consciousness) and truth (sincere, authentic, and consistent with the rest of our lives).



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