Posted by: Josh Gibson | September 17, 2009

What is Worship- Guest Blogger Hunter McClure

Todays blog on “What is Worship” is going to be written by Hunter McClure. Hunter is a very close friend of mine and is a recent graduate of North Greenville Universtiy with and Elemetary Education Degree.
Here is Hunter’s take on “What is Worship”…

“What is worship?
So many people try to bring worship into one specific definition, but it is impossible to do so. God did not give us a particular way to worship, he didn’t tell us how we had to worship, and he didn’t tell us we had to act a certain way in order to worship, he just simply told us to worship him.
Psalms 29:2 states “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Therefore, we just worship the Lord. We do not concentrate on what is around us, we do not think about what other people will think when we worship God, we just worship God. God is holy, set apart, and he is worthy of all of our praise.

Worship is an outward or inward expression of your relationship with God. It is a form of communication with God that demonstrates toward God your love for him. It is a communication of your heart and your desire for him not a communication of your body. When you become a Christian you surrender our whole life to Christ, but you give your heart to Christ, therefore that organ is the organ we should be worshipping with and loving God with.

So many people feel today that worshipping is on your feet with your hands held high and you jumping up and down singing a song to the Lord. Yet, if we go back and look in the Bible there are over fifty different stories that are mentioning people being in the dust and falling on their face to worship God. When I think back as to what we fall on our faces for today it is to communicate with God through prayer. So shouldn’t worship be a form of prayer? A state of being that is lifting up the name of God and telling him how incredible he is thanking him for what he did for us on the cross? Giving his all and paying the ultimate sacrifice is what he did, shouldn’t we just solemnly give him praise? He didn’t die on the cross so that we would just look at him. He died on the cross to change the world and to change our lives.
Therefore worship is not just what people can see you do, but worship is an expression of your hearts desire to fully surrender to God and give him the attention and love that he desires, requires, and loves to have.

He paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, why can we not solely concentrate on him, not worry about what other people are thinking, not worry about what other people are seeing, and just love God for who he is and what he has done. Why can’t we fully surrender to CHRIST? Through this it is obvious that you do not have to be at chuch to worship Christ, you just have to communicate your love to Christ and fellowship with him. Enter his throneroom with thanksgiving.”


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