Jeff, at “Losing My Religion: Re-Thinking Church“, has an excellent two part (so far) series on worship. The first two posts in this series are called “Re-Thinking Worship (Part One of Many: ‘Weighter Things’)” and “Re-Thinking Worship (Part 2: The Overflow)“.
In Part 1, Jeff – who is a “worship leader” – shares two of his “thoughts” concerning the modern concept of worship:
First…I’m considering the fact that although worship has been at the heart of our faith for thousands of years, the particular corporate worship format we use nowadays–the worship leader planning a songlist and directing a group–is a fairly new concept…
Second…as much as I love the creative expressions of passionate love for Jesus in corporate worship, I have to face the fact that “loving God” in Scripture goes a whole lot deeper than just telling God we love Him, or singing to Him about it.
In Part 2, Jeff discusses the difference between “worship” in other religions, and “worship” for the Christian:
In virtually every religion on the planet in which a god is worshiped, that worship is given as an attempt to appease that god’s wrath, or to curry that god’s favor–to provoke that deity to act in a certain manner. (This is also true of the religion we’ve wrongly made of Christianity.)
But in true Christ-following, we do not worship Him to gain His favor or deflect His wrath, or to get Him to do something. We worship Him as a natural response to what He has already done.
There are very good thoughts on worship. I’m looking forward to more posts in this series.