At the virtual Spring Harvest that I’ve attended in the last week the focus has been on worship, but by that I don’t mean simply the songs and hymns led by the likes of Tim Hughes, Lou Fellingham, Martin Smith, Lucy Grimble, Kees Krasyenoord, or any of the other leaders from around the world. The music was an important element of the gathering but worship was highlighted to be our purpose in creation and needed to be in the attitude of how we engage in all of our life rather than just the words we produce from our mouth when singing off a hymn sheet. Making a sound that speaks of God and which is in musical harmony with others is not itself a guarantee our heart is in harmony with the Lord Jesus.
We need to consider every element of our life as being either worshipful or not. We can be honouring God even when cooking a meal or doing the hoovering if, that is, we approach the household chores with a sense of seeking to do it right. In the scriptures Micah 6: 8 we can read “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The prophet teaches that simply bringing a sacrifice is not being a true worshipper, one must live each day, all through the day, seeking God’s heart.
We also see this idea in Hebrews 13, where the author equates verbal praise of God with acts of loving kindness, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
We witness in our work place, in the clubs we belong to, among our family, and to our neighbours. Everything we say, every decision we make, and every single action is a statement about our relationship with God. Do we, I wonder, realise we are continually demonstrating where our heart lies, singing the truth of our being? Is that witness one that declares our love of God, and speaks of how we are His people? Might it give a false impression of who God is, and not demonstrate God’s love for each individual?
How will you worship God today?