What do you think of when you think of worship? Is it a time of singing songs during a Sunday morning church service? Is it a time when we dance around and wave banners while we sing or listen to the songs sung by a team of musicians at the front, often referred to as the worship team?
All of those items listed above are certainly considered worship in our culture but in the true nature of worship, these are only aids to our worship. The nature of worship goes far beyond singing songs, playing instruments and waving banners.
Worship is not an event that takes place at any given time but a way of life. In a sense we never stop worshipping some object or some person.
We will worship that which we hold in highest esteem. We worship that which has the most value in our life. We worship that what means the most to us. What has most value to us? What means more to us than anything in the world? For whom or what do we have highest regard? The answer to any or all of these questions will identify what or who we worship.
Before using some illustrations, let’s look at the nature of worship. What is the reason for worship. It’s not an issue of ‘if’ we worship but rather ‘when’ we worship. We all worship, but why do we worship? I would submit to you that the reason we worship anything at all is because we believe that it is the source of our existence, or the source of our inspiration to continue our existence. That which we worship becomes our lifeline and we look to it fully trusting that it supplies what we stand in need of. We can not live without that source. This certainly is our perception if not our reality. On the other hand, our perception often becomes our reality.
There can only be one true source of our existence for all objects or persons will compete with each other for top position in the lineup for worship. Some worship the sun, but the sun, though it provides the energy and warmth everyday of our lives, and we are grateful for it, was itself created. Some turn to horoscope trusting it has the answers for the day, but only God is all knowing. Some carry with them a ‘lucky charm’ like a rabbit’s foot or a horseshoe or the like, but it has no inherent power. Some worship satan through various means, but satan has no power or authority except what has been given him. Satan himself is also a created being. Ultimately all things come back to find their source in the Creator of all things, namely God Himself. Therefore we do well to worship Him.
Besides worshiping idols, things, spiritual beings etc., we may also put our trust in our wealth, our knowledge or our status, often calling it ‘security’.1 Security in anything but God is false and also another form of worship.
God made it very clear that He is the only one to be worshiped. “You shall have no other gods before me” He said in Exodus 20.2 Ultimately He will be the only one that will receive that worship. “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord”3
We will do well to worship God; the source of our life, our existence and our future.
2 See article ‘Safe and Secure?’ available through this author
1 Exodus 20:3-5
3 Isaiah 45:23, Rom 14:11, Phi. 2:10