There is a lot of talk going on around the blogosphere, articles being written in journals and sermons preached on what is ‘true’ worship. It’s rightly noted that ‘true’ worship involves how we live our day to day lives, 24 hours a day, engaging in the world we live in. It’s noted that worship is not ‘just’ the gathering together to sing songs to God, listen to a sermon, and in general think that is worship.
In my day to day travels, I see two extremes of this played out. The first is where the Sunday meeting (or any other meeting) is where it all happens. Everything else that we do and experience during the week is detached from our worship. The second extreme is where others discard the need to meet as a church, and discard the meeting: where songs are sung, prayers are prayed, and sermons preached – and discard the notion that that what goes on during the meeting is worship.
Dave Black in his latest post writes, (I’m not sure if this is his words reflecting on a lecture he attended, or is repeating what Daniel Block said)
At the very least, we must acknowledge that we come to the gathering as worshippers and not simply to worship.
In the OT, the people of God worshiped God through their lifestyle, a lifestyle that was in accord to how God called them to live; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Within the context of life, there was the calling to gather together and worship together, God. This specific gathering among other things involved prayers, singing, sacrifice, proclamation and blessing. And it was acknowledged as worship. Worshipers of the one true God, gathering together to worship the one true God, so that they could go out and continue to worship the one true God throughout the week.
And so, we find a continuation of this theme in our Christian era. Together, we are worshipers of the one true God, gathering together to worship the one true God, so that we can go out and continue to worship the one true God throughout the week.Our gifts, talents, abilities and ministries operate not only within the church meeting; they operate and are to be used throughout the week -24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in our work, home and leisure. It’s true that our meetings are to be participatory meetings – its also true that our whole life is to be one of participation – one where we connect God in all we do, say and think.
Worship is not about the Sunday meeting and what happens in it; but, its all about the Sunday meeting and what happens in it. Worship is not about our day to day lifestyle; but, its all about our day to day lifestyle. Lets not pit the one against the other – rather as Scripture does, lets acknowledge its both!