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An Ancient Tradition of Worship in a Modern World

Worship has existed since … well, since humankind has existed. Adam and Eve lived in a paradise. They experienced God’s creation before the Fall, in all of its unimaginable splendor. They walked with God Himself in the cool of the evening. You think they weren’t bursting with expressions of worship and gratitude?

So when we worship today, we’re tapping into something ancient. Something timeless.

Something that connects us to our Creator in the same way our first ancestors were connected to Him.

There are four things we need to understand about this ancient tradition.

 

Worship gets us out of our own head.

Out of our own head is a very good place to be. In a culture where selfies are everything, it’s easy to become the center of our own universe. To pursue accolades and fish for compliments. To promote the brand of Me. To embrace the people, opportunities, and things that benefit us and dismiss the rest.

Genuine worship, on the other hand, requires a 180-degree turn. There may be an “I” in worship, but it’s strictly phonetic. Worship compels us to focus on God and His works alone.

 

Worship requires awareness.

If you go out of your way to do something extraordinary for someone else, at the very least you’d probably like the person to notice what you did. Receiving a heartfelt thank you from the person would probably be even better. And perhaps the best-case scenario would be to receive (a) a detailed expression of appreciation for your gesture that demonstrates a deep understanding of its value, as well as everything that went into it, and (b) a heartfelt tribute to your kindness, generosity, and skill-set.

Worship gives us the opportunity to offer such an expression and tribute to God. In order to do that, however, we must be aware of what it is He’s done. We need to pay close attention to His work in our lives, in the lives of others, and throughout creation. We need to learn to spot God’s handiwork in big things and small.

 

Music is tied closely to worship.

Many of the psalms in the Bible were intended to be sung. (David, the chief psalmist, was a musician before he became king of Israel.) In most churches, music features prominently in the worship service.

Music also works as a mood-setter for worship. If the busyness or distractions of daily life make it difficult for you get into a worship mindset, listen to your favorite worship songs. Listen in your car during your morning commute. Listen while you work out. Listen as part of your quiet time. Wherever music can be played, you can prepare for worship.

 

We were made to worship.

Passages such as Psalm 95 (NKJV) suggest that worship is part of our job description as created beings of God.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.

Worship is in our blood; it’s why God created us as He did. When we fully embrace genuine worship, we experience a sense of fulfillment and purpose that can’t be experienced in any other way.

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For additional reading, check out the article Five Ingredients for a Game-Changing Worship Experience.

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15 comments on “An Ancient Tradition of Worship in a Modern World

  1. Michael says:

    Amazing !

  2. Garrett says:

    Can not count the number of times friends and others have said worship is to honor God, and when asked, “And???”, the blank stares tell all. We spend more time grounding oursekves for meetings, interviews, first dates, thst next competition than we do in grounding ourselves with God. NOT that there is anything wrong with that, sometimes it does take a lot of grounding. Which leads me to this point: are we more grounded and prepared for a prepared event than we are in preparing ourselves for worship?

  3. Eula Gibbs says:

    Seeing these reasons in writing makes one really think seriously about our worship. I will now be more aware of my worship experience. Thanks for these reminders.

  4. Kayode Oduwole says:

    Marvellous!

  5. Bob Asmus says:

    AMEN AND AMEN. YES, I agree turn your eyes on JESUS n the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of HIS glory n grace. BIG GOD, SMALL PROBLEMS. For me WORSHIPING HIM,IS A TRUE INTELLIGENT TRUE PROSPECTIVE.

  6. Mary Thompson says:

    Thank you so much. Needed a reninder.

  7. Gene. BASS says:

    Well done,,,,Thank you

  8. Daniel Teeter says:

    The “Awareness” part means a continuation of a daily relationship with our Savior. Interaction with Him, can only bring us to giving thanks, in Worship and dependence on Him.

  9. Jennifer Loving says:

    Excellent. Thank you.

  10. Pat Brown says:

    The Lord is looking to and fro for those that will worship Him, and I want to be one of those who are worshipping Him in Spirit and Truth! Thank you so much for the reminder!

  11. Leonora T.Maher says:

    Yes,It is true and amen. A true worship is from your inner heart ,expressing your gratitude to what God has done in our lives in all situations,circumstances ,struggles in life,the best thing to is to worship God.Without worship life is empty.Every breath I worship Him because He is my God .Thank you for your great message.

  12. Anita Klein says:

    I love Worship music! I never thought to use music to help prepare me for my daily Worship. Thank you!

  13. Bonnie says:

    He is the beginning and end as you seem to know. I agree that we are vessels to be filled by him… a conduit in which He wishes to heal us… to comfort us so that we may comfort others. He literally INHABITS praise for Him!! How amazing is that? To be used and really filled by Him… surrounded by His healing and being used for His purpose.. to be close to our husband, maker and father.. to be loved and inhabited by his Holy Spirit.. and to share His perfection with others through His blood, glory and salvation. praise God

  14. Richard says:

    At my church, the parish committee is in turmoil over things like the length of the service. Music —why can’t it be shorter? Why do we have to sing three verses instead of two? Why does the celebrant lead the choir in a song? And many other “time wasting” elements to the service, according to the faction members on the board.

    I plan on reading this article at our next meeting. Please pray that those committee members will be inspired and their hearts opened to stop the “me” mindset and truly worship our God, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

    Thank you.

  15. Uzo ldowu says:

    Worship is Jesus and Jesus is Worship. Life without Worship to God is never complete, because in Him l live and have my being.

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