Last night a group from my church family went to see Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Royal Taylor and Lindsey McCall in concert. The music was great, the show was flashy and the prayer was intense. Worship music is one way to praise God, and there is nothing wrong with moving closer to God through music. Sometimes prayer through music is the best way to get your heart, mind and soul back in sync with God’s still small voice. Worship is more than a display of feelings and emotion that often come with praise through music. Worship should be what your service is based on.
What qualifies as worship? Is it only music, prayers, or some other mystical thing? I believe that worship is anything you do that you give God the glory for or that you use to share the Gospel with someone else. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31) Everything we do must be for His glory. Worship is then everything we do for God. It doesn’t matter if what you do is a small thing for a neighbor or a big thing like publishing a song. Just pray first, follow your heart, and act for the greater good of humanity.
Praise and worship must be the foundation of your service, prayer your guidance and the Word of God your rule.