Worship is described as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.” Worship “is where life meets ultimate reality…A place where we sense Eternal Significance and realize that we were created to ‘live our lives to the full’…in the presence of the God who loves us more than we could ever imagine” (Author Unknown). It is “an expression of our hearts toward God as shown through song and praise as we worship Him, we are drawn into His presence and experience His touch in our lives” (Author Unknown). As you can see, worship has many different levels and each of us experience God differently through praise.
In the Bible, Psalm 150:6 declares that “everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 95:6 invites us to “bow down in worship” toward God and “kneel before [Him as our] Lord [and] Maker.” 1 Chronicles 16:23-25 tells us to “sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day….For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise…” In the book of Psalm, David was known as a true worshipper. He proclaimed in Psalm 103:1 to “praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.” David praised God with everything he had — his soul, heart, and mind. He would praise God “all day long” (Psalm 71:8). David even praised God through the troubled times. Psalm 143:6 states that David “spread [his] hands to [God]” and, in desperation, said “I thirst for You like a parched land.” The Psalmist was always worshipping God, no matter what was going on in His life. We can learn from David on the importance of worship and how to truly live it out in our lives.
Worship lyrics is not just words on a page we sing to; it is the Bible put into song form. Many Christian artist have written hymns and worship music by using Scripture or stories in the Bible for their lyrics. When we worship, we are singing the Bible out loud. We are proclaiming the Word of God without even realizing it. Think about it!–That is what worship is all about! It is all about praising our God for who He is with every breath we take. Worship is powerful and transforms our lives as long as we see it for what it really is.
In the next five blogs, I will be breaking down hymns and worship songs to further explain what worship means on a deeper level and how to live it out in our lives that will change the way we see music. Worship can and will transform our lives the more we understand the songs we sing in church, in our home, and in our car. I encourage all of us to be like David, and praise “God with all [our] heart, [our] soul, and [our] mind” (Matthew 22:37; Deuteronomy 6:5).