Worship. What does the Bible say about it?
I love to worship the Lord. One of the definitions for worship included in the Merriam Webster dictionary is “to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion.”
The creation of heaven and earth was detailed by God in just two chapters of the book of Genesis. Conversely, He used entire books of the Bible to detail how we should worship Him. The book of Psalms is a great example and is all about worshiping our great God.
The Bible emphasizes that true worship is about giving the best we have, rather than giving Him our leftovers, and is centered on giving, rather than receiving. Throughout the Bible we find that God demanded the best and first from us; the first fruits, the first born, the first tenth of our earnings, and so on. We also find that great men and women of the Bible fell on their faces worshiping, they clapped their hands, they waved their arms, and they fell prostrate in worship.
In today’s modern, progressive world, we find that most Christians limit worship to Sunday mornings, and then only worship according to denominational beliefs. Some denominations choose to sit and sing hymns, others stand and sing those same hymns, still others may sing gospel songs and clap their hands, and finally you have the denominations that sing, clap, dance, and raise their hands.
Are any of these the wrong way to worship? According to Jesus, if it is done in Spirit and in truth, it is the worship that God desires (John 4:24).
Yet sometimes we are uncomfortable or troubled by another’s freedom to worship as they sit, stand, clap, or dance.
I find the story of the sinful woman at Simon’s house a remarkable display of worship. In Luke 7:37, the Bible tells us that this woman “knew” that Jesus was going to be at the religious leader’s house and she also knew that she would be judged by these religious leaders. However, she decided to go anyway. At the house, she broke open an expensive bottle of perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet; never expecting a return on her investment. What is even more shocking is she did it with her head uncovered—unacceptable in the culture of that day—then she proceeded to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. Her worship of Jesus was reckless and extravagant, and it brought an extravagant response. Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven, and your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” You see this woman had sinned greatly and needed much forgiveness.
Because she had been forgiven for much, she loved much, and she showed it by her worship.
When we worship God, we give Him worth. Don’t hold back!