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What Is Worship?

Written by Hannah Woodhouse on

In Psalm 95:1-6, we read a proclamation from the psalmist:

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

The book of Psalms is full of heartfelt praise. It is also full of genuine sadness and fear. Yet, those categories aren’t mutually exclusive. In other words, sadness and fear can spur us on to worship if we let them. As we read in Psalm 95, the Lord is “a great God, and a great King above all gods.” So, if we know God is worthy of our praise, what gets in the way?

Worship Is for Daily Life

Where does your heart go when you let it linger? For many of us, there’s a hesitation in answering such a question. Christ-centered living is easy to discuss on Sunday mornings. But, when you add in the stressors of the week, time with God slowly dwindles. But does it have to?

Let’s try something together! First, find a sheet of paper. On the paper, start writing the ways you spend your time and assign each area a percentage—the percentage of your day that you spend investing in each area. For example:

  • Time with God – 10%
  • Work/school – 40%
  • Leisure/Movement – 20%
  • Household duties – 10%
  • Cooking and eating – 10%
  • Social Media – 10%

Everyone’s list will look different, but if you’re like me, the breakdown is a bit embarrassing. In fact, when I first created a list like this, I was appalled. But what if we change one thing?  Draw a giant circle around the entire list. That circle illustrates a life of worship.

We are called to be living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1) who “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God” (Heb. 13:15). That means that worship doesn’t end on Sunday afternoon. Worship is always possible, and our God is always worthy of our worship. So, whether you are washing dishes or driving a car; chatting with family or checking emails; carrying groceries or boarding a plane, I encourage you to look for ways to rejoice in the Lord.

As you pursue a life of worship, take some time to journal about your true worship. and spend time worshiping the only One who’s worthy of our worship, Jesus the Messiah. He is the only one who truly satisfies.

To point your heart towards worship today, check out our Sunday playlist.

Hannah Woodhouse

Hannah is a member at College Park Church. She is passionate about making Christ known through amplifying hope in her story and others. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and fellow adventurers.

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