We exist for worship.
Corporate worship, as we gather together on Sundays in particular, is in many ways the blessed highlight of our week. Corporate worship is where we can express our devotion to God without the interference of this life’s distractions. Corporate worship is where we can relish in the spiritual peace with have with God with like-minded, and likewise-redeemed saints. Corporate worship is when we sing together without shame, where we pray together without the rush of the next pending appointment, where we give to Christ’s work without resentment or grumbling, where we serve other sinners simply because they are recipients of the same family love of God as you are.
Corporate worship is perhaps the pinnacle of our expressions of worship because it is a public event, at a regularly scheduled time and place, and done in unison with many others. But corporate worship is not the definition of worship. The concept of worship is not restricted to church-things. Worship is not some mystical supposedly hyper-spiritual feeling where you feel closer to God simply because you were at church.
We worship God when we raise our voices to sing praises to His name or when we whisper out an Amen to a prayer that was prayed from the pulpit.
We also worship God when we put a personally predetermined amount in the offering bag to be used for direct impact in His Kingdom.
We worship God when we keep quiet for an hour to hear His Word explained to us until we understand the Truth taught and the Application to our lives.
We worship God when we serve one another during tea break with Christ-like humility, edifying admonitions and comforting encouragement.
And then worship goes home with us.
We worship God when we respond kindly to one another as we decide who is going to make toasted sandwiches when we get home after the service.
We worship God when we put other’s desires before our own in the simply luxuries of life or even the daily necessities of life – like who gets the bathroom first at home.
We worship God when we read the newspaper and trust God for justice and do not place our hope on the attempts of man.
We worship God when we fear the sin of worry and self-reliance more than the crime and wickedness of man.
We worship God when we respond kindly to personal insult, when we cheerfully get along with everyone as far as it depends on us, when we empathise with one another, when we do what God has given us to do with excellence and humility.
We worship God when we submit to the human authorities He has placed over us – everything from parents and pastors to presidents and politicians.
What then is worship?
Worship is living and speaking in such a way as to draw attention to God’s will.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.