What Is the real meaning of Worship?
Praise and Worship or time of worship. We have heard these terms used in our churches quite regularly. What do they actually mean? Is the church the only place we should worship God? Do we need to get dressed up in a suit and tie to show our love to God? We seem to get so caught up in the process of worship that we actually forget that true worship is not about the music, or the message, or prayer, it is about praising God for all he has done. I hear so many people say to me "Why go to a bible study at someone's house, don't you feel uncomfortable worshipping outside of church?" My answer is no. I don't need the church to be the only place where I show my love for God. Jesus did not need a building to Worship the Lord, by taking God's message to the people, he reached many more people. I find that most religious services today are so wrapped up in the process of Worship that they miss what it's all about. True worship as stated before is giving praise to God. In essence celebrating God.
What I find is that people feel that they have to get dressed up to worship God. God doesn't care what we look like. His only concern is what's in our hearts. I attend a contemporary service at my local Methodist Church. We find it commonplace to wear blue jeans and tee shirts. When I walk into the traditional service I am the brunt of many stares. I don't understand why people must put on their "Sunday Best" to worship. The bible says "come before me as you are".
I have been exposed to many different kinds of worship services, and one thing seems to stick out, where is God's presence? Again, I am an avid and active Christian. I feel that fruitful worship can cultivate a loving and lasting covenant with the Lord. We sing the same hyms, pray the same prayers, and go about our daily lives. There are many Christians who hear the word on Sunday while they engage in ungodly acts the rest of the week. True worship is about surrender. When you surrender to the Lord you give your earthly cares to him. I have learned over time to trust the Lord. When I don't surrender my life becomes chaotic. When I start living by my purpose I find nothing but turmoil. True worship is about loving God. I pray daily. That for me is worship. I thank God for little things. In my daily activities I worship Him by doing things that would bring Him pleasure. Worship is not to benefit me, as the song says "It's all about you Jesus."
I am the director and founder of my church drama ministry. I feel that drama is a unique style of worship, because it livens up the message and brings glory to God. There are simple things we can incorporate into our daily routines that would give praises to God. One example would be to say "Thank You Lord for this day which you have given me." Another thing that we could do which is actually quite simple is take a few minutes to pray. Lastly, we could begin to have a daily bible study within our homes; within our families. Some of the best worship time is the time when we get to be alone with God, and we can communicate The times that we will feel closest to God, are the times when we truly worship Him.
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Scott, I agree that we don't need to get dressed up to worship God. However, we must be careful about judging others for the way they dress, whether they be in suit or rags. Also, while the brother with the strong conscience may know that it is OK to dress in jeans and t-shirt for church, we must be careful not to stumble our brothers with weaker consciences who do not know it is OK. If we dress in jeans and t-shirt at a conservative church where our dress may offend those not dressed likewise, are we sure that we're acting out of love? When you do so, are you trying to teach people that dress isn't important or are you just doing as you please without regard for your brothers and sisters in Christ?