By Tinaye Muzanya
Worship is response to what we value most. –Louie Giglio
The reason why we should worship God can be summarised as follows; We worship God because He is God. We were created by Him and for Him. For “In Him we live and move and have our being.”(Acts 17:28) But what is worship? Is Worship when we sing to God or there is more to this?
Let’s look at an example. Would you prefer a friend or loved one that tells you how special you are or shows you that you are special? Most people would say they would prefer having both. If that person were to tell you all the nice things that you want to hear, but they did not follow up with their actions you would begin to doubt the authenticity of their words. It is the same with God. Worship is a life style. Louie Giglio defined it this way, “Worship is… our response, both personal and corporate, to God – for who He is! And what He has done! Expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.”(Giglio, 2003)
In Romans 12:1, we are told to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. Mathew Henry’s commentary on this verse explains “presenting of the body to God implies not only the avoiding of the sins that are committed with or against the body, but the using of the body as a servant of the soul in the service of God. It is to glorify God with our bodies (1Cor 6:20).” Our lives should be an offering to God. Not that we should kill ourselves but that we should be a “living sacrifice” meaning a life dedicated to the service of God.
“Through him (Jesus) then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”(Heb 13:16-17) The use of the words “continually offer” gives the impression that we ought to be always making a sacrifice to God. When we perform acts of love for his name, when we work or do our chores diligently, when we share the gospel with people, when we choose to speak kindly or think of thoughts that are pleasing to him. The list is endless and this is all worship. Our aim should be to glorify God in all that we do which is true worship.
I will end with words from Louie Giglio’s book, “The air l breathe”:
It’s not the words l sing, but me l bring;
I’m the offering laid at Your feet,
My steps the melody, oh so sweet,
All of me in praise of thee.
Worship = Life.
• Giglio, L (2003). The Air I Breathe: Worship as a way of Life. Published by: Multnomah Books