child growing up in the orphanage home in Mafubira, JInja, Uganda in East africa . There is a church i grew up in and under the then leadership of my father and Pastor Nelson Lufafa in MFCC , I
was introduced to the term worship. My father regularly read Psalm
96:9 in our evening services: "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth" (KJV). The Book of Psalms is filled with hundreds of poetic anthems used in the
religious celebrations of the children of Israel that clearly instructed them (and us) how to worship God. Yet, even though I heard the word worship in conversation, testimonies, songs, and Scripture, I didn't completely understand
what it meant.
The Priority of Worship
is not the slow song that the choir sings. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering basket. Worship is not volunteering in children's church. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of
worship, but they do not define what true worship really is. There are numerous definitions of the word worship. Yet, one in particular encapsulates the priority we should give to worship as a
spiritual discipline: Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme
submission (Webster's Dictionary,1828).
worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is
in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a
matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live
in extreme or excessive submission to God, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.
worship God because he is God. Period. Our extravagant love and extreme submission to the Holy One flows out of the reality that God loved us first. It is highly appropriate to thank God for all the things he has done for us. However,
true worship is shallow if it is solely an acknowledgement of God's wealth. Psalm 96:5-6 says, "For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and
majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary." In other words, our worship must be toward the one who is worthy simply because of his identity as the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and
Omnipresent One, and not just because God is wealthy and able to meet our needs and answer our prayers. We must focus our practice of worship on the worthiness of God and not his wealthiness.
The Person We Worship
about this: Would you continue to worship God if, from this day forward, God's miraculous signs and wonders were not so profoundly evident in your life? Would God still be worthy of your worship? Or
is your worship completely dependent upon the abundance of God's blessings upon your life? Do you only worship God for what he can do for you?
The Promise of Worship
of our God's unimaginable generosity toward us, God, in all of his glory, chooses to respond to us through our worship. This is the promise that when we worship God with extravagant love and extreme
submission, God will come and commune with us. The promise is not that we will feel great or that our heavy load will be lifted, but that God will come. And when God comes in his own time as a
response to our worship, Psalm 96:13 declares, "Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples
in his faithfulness."
words, when we worship our God, he will inspect our hearts first; the other benefits that we tend to expect because we lift up our feeble hands and shout with our weak voices are worthless if our
hearts are not right with God. My sisters and brothers, when we offer God our true worship, we are inviting him to inspect our hearts for anything that is not like him. This is the promise of worship
we can be transformed into God's likeness because he will reveal the truth about the condition of our hearts as we worship him.
is having an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and if your life is not lived in extreme or excessive submission to him, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your
life. Evaluate your expressions of worship so that through singing, declaring, and giving, you will "give to the LORD the glory he deserves … " (Ps. 96:8). The promise is that when we worship God in
this way, he will come and commune with us. And above all, God will respond to your worship by making your heart more like his.