What is Worship?
As we come together each week on Sunday mornings, we strive to worship the Lord for all that he is and what he has done for us. However, what does it mean to “worship”?
We would define worship as the corporate gathering of God’s people to give honor and praise to the Lord. It also includes the receiving of God’s grace and where God’s people respond in faith to him.
We see in the scriptures (Col. 3:16), that God’s people were instructed to come together to hear the word of God, to sing, to give thanks all with the purpose of giving glory to God. Worship is meant to make much of the Lord.
Worship is also a meeting of God’s people with the Triune God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Jesus promises to us “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them” (Matt. 18:20). In this time of meeting with the Lord, we receive his grace. As we pray, Jesus is active in praying for us. As we hear the word of God preached, the Holy Spirit is teaching us what is good and right and transforming our hearts to love him more. When we observe the sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, God’s presence strengthens us by his grace.
Worship is also a response of faith on our part. As we sing, hear the word of God, and pray we trust the Lord for what he has done, for who he is, and what he will continue to do for us. We look to him as the source of all of life and seek to love him more.