In the process of striving to fulfill our needs and satisfy our desires, the church has slipped in to a philosophy of 'Christian humanism' that is flawed with self-love, self-esteem, self-fulfillment, and self-glory. – John MacArthur, Jr.
Our culture strives to imprison us on an island of self-centeredness where our lives become consumed with relationships, money, materialism, and fears about the future. But imagine that you are sitting on the beach of the island, watching magnificent colors play across the sky as the sun goes down. On the horizon, a huge battleship is coming towards you. Its mission? To defeat the enemy called "self-centeredness." It's the warship Worship, and it's here to liberate you!
The word worship comes from the old English "worthship," meaning we are to communicate to God our recognition that He is worthy. According to the Psalms, worship is an act of ascription, something we give to God – really the only thing we can give Him. When worship arrives, hearts are set free!
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. – Psalm 29:1-2
There just aren't enough exclamation marks in the world to emphasize how powerful worship is!!!!!!! (see?) Worship is an expressive gift of love and praise to God, and it can come in many different forms. Some people think of it as a specific time on Sunday when we go to celebrate God's grace at church. But it's bigger than that. Some think of it as singing songs. But it's more than music. Some feel it's a feeling of awe. But the litmus test of worship is not whether or not our emotions are heightened. Worship is a whole new way to live as our hearts align themselves with the incredible character of God.
…and as a really nice side-benefit, worship attacks our self-centeredness by refocusing our lives on the awesomeness of who He is and who we are in Him. Who doesn't need more of that?!
Awesome God, thank you for the blessing of this new week. I welcome it in worship! Liberate me from my self-centeredness! Everything I do, everything I say, everything I sing, may it be a worshipful gift of love and praise to You every moment of this day! I want to be free! Amen.
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