Two of my friends have posted blogs about worship:
Eric from “Hammer and Nail” wrote a post called “Does it matter what the Bible says about worship?” After reading David Peterson’s book Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship (one of my favorite books), Eric raises some questions about worship:
This book is making me think about how I am living out my life. Is what I think of worship the same as what God thinks of worship? If not, then what does God think of my life?… God takes worship very seriously (when I use the word “worship,” I am referring to an entire life given to God, not a church service at 11:00 AM on Sundays). Peterson’s book makes me want to examine my life more closely to see if both my definition and my practice of worship are acceptable to God.
Similarly, Lew from “The Pursuit” examines worship in a post called “What is Worship?” Lew posts several quotes from John Piper’s book Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions. I think this quote is my favorite:
So when I say, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is,” I do not mean “worship services.” I do not mean “worship singing.” Those are part of the expression of the essence of worship, but those things can happen and not be worship. Worship is not first an outward act; it is an inner spiritual treasuring of the character and the ways of God in Christ. It is a cherishing of Christ, a being satisfied with all that God is for us in Christ. When these things are missing, there is no worship, no matter what forms or expressions are present.
So, when you think about worship, what do you think about? Do you think about “worship services” or “singing”? Do you think about a particular day, time, or location? Should we be concerned that Scripture does not define worship with those terms?