What IS Worship?

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

worship1 Chronicles 16:7-43

Here we are in 1 Chronicles, and the Ark of the Covenant finally made its way back to Jerusalem, so it was time for a celebration. The bulk of today’s reading plan consists of the song of praise that King David commissioned for the occasion.

It goes a little something like this:

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.

24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

At the end of the chapter, we learn that, in addition to the priests and gatekeepers at the Tent, David placed Asaph and his fellow worship leaders there to praise God through music every day.

For the Israelites, worship wasn’t just a song or two. It was meant to be an integral part of their daily lives. Everything in the Torah that came before them, everything written during the times of the kings, and everything in the New Testament afterward point to living a lifestyle of worship, dedicated to God, obeying Him, and giving Him praise every single day.

What is worship for you? Is it singing a couple of songs on Sunday morning? Is it checking off the box on your mental to-do list that you went to church? Is it something you turn off when you walk in the doors of your workplace?

Or…is it the way you choose to live your life? Is it honoring God at work, at home, and among friends? Is it a state of mind?

Is worship a lifestyle or an action for you? If you dare to make worship your lifestyle, it will change every moment of your existence for the better. I challenge you to examine your concept of worship. Increase the value of worship in your life. After all, if His love endures forever, shouldn’t our worship of Him?

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