Worship: A Rhythm of Revelation and Response

Let’s talk about worship.

Well, first let’s answer this question: what is worship?

Mr. Webster would define worship as this: reverence offered to a divine being or supernatural power. While that definition may work for the masses, the following might be more appropriate for our discussion here: worship is a rhythm of revelation and response. God reveals Himself. I/you/we respond. Sounds simple enough, huh?

But is this definition really a fitting descriptor for how we interact with God? Does it even have Biblical basis? It is and it does.

In order to help prove my point, I’d ask that you take a journey back to the Old Testament with me…specifically to the book of Exodus. Remember Moses? Remember his encounter with the burning bush? If you can’t remember, here’s a refresher. God revealed Himself as a bush that was set ablaze but was never consumed. And what was Moses’ response? Reverent fear (coupled with a little bit of reluctant obedience.)

Think forward to Isaiah for a minute. Remember his encounter with God? It came through a vision. God revealed Himself in a splendid display of heavenly glory and eternal majesty. And what was Isaiah’s response? Confession. Humility. Submission.

It was no different in the New Testament, and it’s no different for us today. As God reveals Himself, we respond. This is our worship.

If we adopt this idea, then it means we must understand this: worship is constant. God continuously reveals Himself to us, and we continually respond to His revelation.

This is why worship can’t be compartmentalized into a three-hour, once-a-week time slot. God doesn’t only reveal Himself when we are gathered together with other believers. That idea is ludicrous. Our worship is a private matter before it is ever a public one. As A.W. Tozer said “if you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him one day a week.”

God reveals himself in nature (Romans 1:20), and we respond. God speaks to us through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and we have a chance to respond. We respond to Him through obedience. We respond to Him through prayer, through service, and through singing. It’s a pattern and a rhythm. It’s constant and continuous. It’s worship.

So throw away those old misconceptions about worship. You know, the ones that say that worship can only occur with music as its accompanist. Instead, embrace this good word:

“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. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)

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