Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Worship is such an important necessity in our relationship with Christ.
In fact, the Bible actually says that we are commanded to worship the One True God (Exodus 20:4).
Worshiping God is a way to express our love and reverent adoration.
Sometimes while driving to work I'll turn up the speakers so that I don't have to hear my own voice and sing the loudest I can with lyrics just for honoring God.
Most of the time when someones mentions 'worship', or 'worship service' they're talking about the 15-20 minutes of the choir singing hymns before the preacher gets up to the podium and gives a sermon.
But I think we have forgotten what worship really is.
Lyrics can be more than just words on a page. Hymnals can become a foundation for your praising. I have to admit, sometimes I find myself just singing because everyone else is. It's easy to get in the motions and be distracted. But when we say the Lord's name and His grace with a voided meaning, isn't it the same as taking His name in vain?
Worshiping can also be in other forms, such as serving others, volunteering your time for someone, praying, reading the Word, honoring, and glorifying God.
An act of worship can be anything you make it, as long as you're praising the Lord with a genuine spirit.
"You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." James 2:24-26
Have you ever thought of the word 'hallelujah'?
In the Hebrew Bible hallelujah is actually a two-word phrase, not just one word.
"Hallelujah" means more than simply praising. The word 'hallel' in Hebrew means a joyous praise in song, to boast in God. The second part of the word is, 'yah' which is an abbreviated form of YHWH, which is God's true name.
The Bible Project created an amazing video that breaks down YHWH much better than I can explain. Check it out below!