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May 23, 2013

What is worship?

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Last week I gave you some things to think about regarding worship.  The  point I made was that worship isn’t about style or music!  It’s about the  heart!   We looked at Jesus’ words in John 4, verse 23 (NIV):   “A time is  coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in  spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”  So, if I understand it correctly, true worship happens when our spirit  connects with the Spirit of God!  It’s not about the music!  It’s not about  the building we meet in!  It’s not about our style or expressions of  worship!  It’s all about the HEART!  It’s about our hearts connecting with  God’s heart!  And Jesus said He seeks that kind of worshipper! 
So, how does that affect me?  This week’s installment of An Encouraging Word  attempts to offer some thoughts about what worship is.  And, just to  clarify, there is no way for our finite capacity to think and reason to  completely embrace what our infinite God has intended through our worship of  Him.  But please indulge me a little as I offer some suggestions about  worship, and hopefully make us think a little bit! 
One of the most common definitions of worship is, it is the attributing to  God worth or value.  It‘s sometimes referred to as “worth-ship”.  How about  a couple of other definitions of worship for you to chew on a little?  Rick  Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California, says:  “Worship is  expressing our love to God for who He is, what He’s said, and what He’s  doing.”   Darlene Zschech‘s definition (worship leader at Hillsongs Church  in Austrailia):  “Worship is when one’s spirit adores and connects with the  Spirit of God, when the very core of one’s being is found loving Him, lost  in Him.”  And my thoughts:  “Worship is the focusing of who we are and what  we do on who God is and what He’s done!” 

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