Worship. When asked what worship is, most people would respond by simply stating, "singing." Every time we gather in our churches and with our faith groups, we typically have a time, sometimes more than half of the service, of singing.
I can remember as a kid always thinking, “I hope they don’t make us stand for all of the songs today!” It was always on those Sundays that we stood for all of the songs!
A simple search of the scripture we realize that worship is so much more than singing. One of my favorite verses regarding worship is 1 Chronicles 16:23-25. It says, “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all people. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.”
Singing is absolutely a portion of worship, but it is like a marbled cake. Singing is just one aspect of worship. I know when I sing, sometimes I can close my eyes and imagine if I was to open them, I would be at the very feet of God. Worship is supposed to draw us closer to God. And for most people music and singing can do that.
Through all of scripture, people have used music and song to bring praise to God. David wrote in Psalm 33:1-3, “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” David recognized how music and singing can bring us into the presence of God as an aspect of worship.
But a closer look at 1 Chronicles 16 reveals that worship is much more than singing. Verse 24 says, “declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all people.” I believe an aspect, a very important one at that, is our outward expression to others of the goodness of God in our own life.
We could simply say our witness, our testimony, to others is a form of worship. We are declaring the good works and the deeds of God to all people. If you have grace and mercy through God than you have something to tell and something to share! If you have received healing or direction than you have something to tell and something to share! If you have received unconditional love from our Father in Heaven than you have something to tell and something to share!
What is keeping you from worshipping God outside of the four walls of the church? What is keeping you from telling of his glory and marvelous deeds to all people? I think right now you could commit to telling one person this week of the goodness of God that you have discovered in your own life.
If you are unsure of His goodness or His love for you, I would encourage you to find a church in your neighborhood and join others to worship through song and declaration about the goodness of God. He wants to hear your praises! He wants you to tell others what He has done for you. Where will you start?
— Clint McBroom is pastor at the First Church of God of Newton.