Love these thoughts from worship leader Carey Helmink on the true meaning of worship.
One of the simplest definitions of worship that I’ve seen comes from Warren Wiersbe’s book Real Worship. He defines worship as “The believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.”
Another way to say it is: “Worship is responding to all that God is with all that I am.” Worship has very little to do with musical styles, traditions, liturgy or preaching and everything to do with who I am, day in and day out, in relationship to the ultimate love of my life – Jesus.
Am I the same person at home that I am at church? Do I raise my hands in worship when I’m driving my car (well, maybe just one hand) or only when I can be observed by others? Do I love and respect my husband joyfully (irrespective of whether or not he deserves it) as an act of worship? Am I kind and loving to the “irregular” people in my life?
In Romans 12:1, the apostle Paul gives us his definition of true and proper worship. I see nothing here about singing and holding up hands but everything about living holy lives.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Because of the lavish love and scandalous grace of the Lord, may we continue to grow in living holy and sacrificial lives. That is true and proper worship.