In my readings, I came across this description of worship, and thought it worth sharing as I found it helpful, centering, and worth meditating upon.
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His Holiness; the nourishment of mind with His Truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His Love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.” (unknown author)
Try to imagine this definition of worship being woven into our lives, inside our church or fellowship, in our family, and ultimately, throughout the universe!
Let us give of ourselves unto Our Most High God, as a “fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Phil. 4:18).
Let us worship as a Bride whose “citizenship is in heaven,” one who “eagerly awaits a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20).
Let us love as a people in our Now, who allow Christ to be who is manifested in our own lives and within our fellowship with our sisters and brothers.
May our lives BE this fragrant offering, Holy vessels, lifting open hearts unto God, in humble adoration of His Love and Mercy, in all of whom we are becoming and in all of who we are in Him presently.
Let us sing Praises to our Lord, rejoicing that one day, every tongue will humbly confess and everything in God’s new creation will loudly sing in unity, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father!
Until that day may we continually shine forth His Graciousness, tell of His Mercies, remember His Forgiveness, and serve with the God Hearts of transformation He has put within us, so others will See, Know and experience His All encompassing Love.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister