Last Sunday, June 10th, Pastor Ed Allen began a new series on Worship. He interspersed the message with songs led by the Worship Team.
Worship is a whole-self engagement with God on the terms that He prescribes and in the way that He alone makes possible, including adulation, devotion, and reverential acts of submission.
Worship involves our whole lives!
With God, the basic framework for our relationship is Creator/created, therefore the rules of engagement are that we worship Him.
We looked at Psalm 84, which talks about an "at home-ness," a spirit of rest that comes from worshiping God.
"The joy of the Lord is my strength." -- There's a strength in worshiping God.
When we engage our whole lives in worshiping God, we will feel the benefit.
There's also a corporate dimension to worship. (Psalm 95)
One of the primary purposes for gathering together is encouragement and strengthening. For US, not just for me.
We give our whole lives - not only our time, but also our will, our mind, our emotions, our bodies. All are involved in worship.
Music, prayer, service, reading, art, work, testimony -- all can be worship.
And here we heard the testimony of Jason Orr, a young man who grew up in the church but departed from it - and came back. He was radiantly playing keyboards with the worship team today.
The Scripture calls for worship that is true as opposed to false. (Isaiah 29:13)
Our hearts need to be right.
Worship must: Support our unity. Involve head, heart, will, and body. Honor God and brag about Jesus. Be true to God's Word.
True worship is our response to God's activity on our behalf. (Acts 17:26-28)
We rejected God, but He came after us. We fall in love with HIm - and worship. It's reactive communication.
True worship includes the adulation of the true God. (2 Chronicles 29:3-4)
Worship involves excessive praise -- Singing, playing instruments, shouting, spoken praise, prayer.
And through all of this message, we practiced what was being preached - with worship.