What is Worship?
What is worship? Why do millions of Christians gather around the world on Sunday to sing songs to God and about God? Is worship simply singing songs?
These questions are common, but how they are often answered can be misleading.
A lot of Christians will tell you that worship is singing songs together about God. Is that all worship is?
The Bible tells us that “true and proper worship” is actually giving oneself fully to be transformed by Jesus (Romans 12:1). If that is the case, singing is actually just an expression of worship.
Worship is the daily action a person takes to follow Jesus. It’s often referred to as an outward sign of an inward allegiance.
People express worship in many ways.
For example, people used to bring physical gifts to a temple and offer them to God. God didn’t need their gifts. However, they were devoted to Him, so they wanted to express that devotion in the action of bringing Him gifts.
Another way people express their worship is singing. When Christians sing together, they participate in an expression of worship that has been around for centuries. This is one of the reasons that Christians gather together weekly in a building. They gather so that they can sing to God together.
One of the most prominent examples of this is the book of Psalms in the Bible.
The Psalms are musical and/or poetic expressions of worship written in the Old Testament. They are full of different authors and songwriters lifting up words and songs of praise to God.
So, if the Psalms encourage Christians to sing songs and play instruments for God, why can’t people worship individually? Why do Christians have to gather consistently to worship?
Well, the answer is you can worship Him individually.
Many of the Psalms were written to God in intimate and solitary settings. While that is the case, the Bible says that when two or more are gathered in the name of Jesus, God is there with them (Matthew 18:20).
This means that when we worship God corporately, He is there in the midst of us. We also see many times in the Bible where multitudes of people praised God together and amazing things happened.
When we gather to express our worship, God moves in mighty and powerful ways. While the gathering and singing doesn’t replace our daily individual interactions with God, it is an important way that we can grow in our relationship with Him.