What is worship?
Is it an organ lead hymn of praise, composed of doctrinally sound lyrics? Or perhaps is it a repeated chorus of thanksgiving around a campfire? Is it a congregation of prostrate believers chanting scripture and praying, a child stumbling through a special handbell presentation or someone using sign language to present lyrics to a congregation that is unable to understand them?
“Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!” (Psalm 99:5 ESV)
Quite simply, worship is the act of exalting The Lord; reminding ourselves that He is God and we are man. When we the created exalt our creator, we find ourselves in a rightful place of surrender. It is this act of surrender that ordains our offering as worship. Unfortunately, the reverse is true as well; the lack of surrender taints our offering as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)
So often we find ourselves torn from the act of worshipping by the desires of the flesh. If we find ourselves consumed with preference or performance, we simply cannot exalt The Lord.
Father, let us never be so consumed with creation that we fail to exalt you as the creator. Help us to long for your exaltation and utilize every avenue of creativity in expressing your worship!