by Kerry McClure
After church the other day, someone came up to me and said, “Wow, the worship sure was good today!” I thanked them, but in the back of my mind I wondered, what did they mean. Worship has so many meanings today. On a sign, you see the schedule of services for a church with the words “Worship Hour.” You hear someone else say, “I just worship Billy Joe Singer,” and I guess they mean they really like his singing. Someone else asked me, “Have you heard this great worship song?” Is worship a song? Is worship a style of music? Is worship a special time in the week?
The word Worship comes from an old English term meaning worth ship, or to proclaiming or show the worth of someone. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, worship is the reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
Matt Redman wrote a song that says, “When the music fades and all is striped away… It’s all about You, Jesus!” Even though we use a song or other vehicles to bring us into His presence or help us ‘enter in.’, the most important thing about worship is the object of our worship. What is your attention on? What are you focusing on? Our God is the only one that is worthy. His nature, character, and very essence make him worthy. It is not what He has done for us but Who He is. If God never did a thing for us and we would just look at who He is, He would still be the only one worthy of your worship.
I believe worship is a journey and His presence is the destination. As we climb into our sleek red sports car and zip through the streets of praise, we enjoy the ride, its exciting and full of thrills. The wind of the Spirit in our face and the beautiful view of the ocean of His grace are accelerating. As we slow for the intersection of meditation, we step into a black limousine and move along stately and noble boulevards admiring the mansions of His holiness and mercy. We pull in through the gates of His presence. The songs, messages, prayers and all the vehicles we use to bring us here are left behind as we get out of our vehicles and walk into His house, His presence, and embrace Him. However, as we do, we forget what brought us there; we leave our surroundings, why? Because we are in the presence of the almighty, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, Creator, King, Judge, eternal Father, and lover of our soul.
Yes worship is more that a song, music style, or an hour in the week, even though these may bring us to worship. Worship is time with the one who made you, forgave you, loves you, and guides you. Spend time with God and worship Him with all your heart, mind, body, and soul!
The destination is worth the trip.