When I think of the word worship, my first thought is music. Oh, how I love music. There are so many varieties to love! To me, music is the language of the heart. The right song at the right time can change everything. Music can calm an angry spirit. It can lift a sad one. Music can get us moving in our fitness routine. It can also take us to the pit of despair. Whether it’s humming, singing, or playing an instrument–our hearts are involved. And when the words praise our Maker, our hearts sing along with our voices.
But worship isn’t only about music. It’s about the way we live. To the Romans, Paul said:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1)
Can you remember a time when someone went out of their way to do something for you? Something that cost them a great deal. And what they did for you–you really needed.
I don’t get sick very often, but when I do–it’s a doozy. Several years ago I was in bed with the flu. One sweet friend called in the afternoon. I hadn’t told anyone I was sick. But when she learned of my state, she immediately told me she was bringing dinner. I was stunned. I shouldn’t have been, but I was. A couple of hours later, she delivered a vat of chicken and dumplings. It was the best thing I had put in my mouth in a long time. Full of flavor–and salty. My throat needed that. I’ll never forget it. Even today, I still remember its taste.
In the grand scheme of things, bringing chicken soup to a friend doesn’t compare with God’s giving His only Son to take my place on the Cross. But you know what? I needed that soup. My family needed dinner. At the last minute, when she could have been preparing dinner for her own family, she took time to prepare and deliver dinner for mine.
My heart loved her even more for that.
When we remember all God has done for us, our hearts respond with love. One way we love Him back is by how we live our lives. In Romans 12, Paul encourages us to live holy lives. Lives that honor God in how we think, what we say, and what we do. Often it is a sacrifice on our part. But it’s nothing compared to Christ’s sacrifice.
Music, one of God’s best gifts to us, is wonderful. Worshiping through music pleases God and encourages our own hearts.
But living our lives to please God is how we truly worship Him. It is our love response to Him.Worship is our love response to God.
But because I do love music (smile) …