The past couple of weeks I have been think a lot about worship and what it actually looks like. I started thinking about it when I was at work and the children I was watching were singing Vacation Bible School songs and worshiping God. I often get goosebumps when I hear the two and three year olds singing songs like ‘How Great is Our God’, etc. (On a side note, I still get goosebumps every week in children’s choir when 55-65 kids sing/shout about how they are not going to bow to idols. I pray this is a truth in their life now and for the rest of their lives.) I also love listening to multi-ethnic groups singing worship songs or just worship songs in different languages. Chris Tomlin’s song How Great is Our God (World Edition) is one of my favorites (just a heads up that the song is kind of long, but is worth it). To me it is just a picture of what Heaven is going to be like and makes me look forward to it.
I’ve also been thinking about what true worship looks like. I know that it is more than just singing songs, but that it is the way you live your life. In John 4:24 Jesus says “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NASB) This means that worship is not external, but is something done in the heart. I know that external signs of worship can be faked, especially when singing worship songs. I know I myself have been guilty at times of giving off the impression that I am worshiping, but inwardly I am focused on something else. But I also believe that if real worship is taking place inwardly that it will be visible externally. When I think of real inward worship displaying itself externally I think of other countries where they may be persecution going on. A couple of summers ago I had the opportunity to spend 7 weeks in India and the city I was in is known as the holy city and everywhere you look there is a shrine or temple set up to one of the Hindu gods. There is even a big Muslim population in this town. But I never once saw a church or an obvious Christian building. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit a Indian church service and was blessed and encouraged to hear them worshiping God. Even though I could not understand a word they said you could see in their face and hear in the way that they sang that they were truly worshiping.I have a recording of them singing and would love to share it, but I’m not sure how to upload it.
Those are my thoughts for right now. I am going to continue to look at different passages of scripture to see what God says about worship. Feel free to ask me how it is going.
Sorry if some of this does not make any sense. It is late, but I really wanted to get this down. If you have any questions, if something I have written is wrong please let me know.