My journey with God has been interesting. The last couple of weeks, there have been questions about Christian worship that seem to bombard my mind and demand some answers from within me. How does God want us to worship him? What are the elements of a worship service along with reflections of corporate worship and personal worship cross my mind? What is worship and what is conforming to the practices and rituals of a church?
Within these thoughts, there are several things that I keep coming back to in my mind. First, is what Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4:23, “— the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” When I think about this, the greatest commandment comes to mind which helps me understand what God wants from me, but demands more thought, we are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27 & Matthew 23:37). I ask myself, what is the heart, soul, strength, and mind? What are they composed of? The question that comes to my mind most is what should it look like and feel like to worship God with my love?
As I read and study, I am led to some of the answers to these questions which I am not going to share today because I’m still processing and seeking. But I will share this; worship must first come from within a person’s heart before it truly to be received by God. In other words, no amount of worship will be received by God if a person or church is doing it for the wrong reasons. Additionally, a very wise young man shared this thought with me this past week, “there are some things that are only between God and a person’s heart,” I cannot judge them, to do so would be unloving. This brings me to the second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27 & Matthew 22:39). Finally, I would like to remind you, in God’s time and when he knows it is best for us, God gives the answers we seek.
I will continue my journey with God in my heart; digging deeper into my faith and seeking to know His heart for me as part of my worship.
Love God, Love people.