After listening to the podcast of the White Horse Inn radio station conversation “The Worship Experience,” I realized just how different people’s view of worship is. I somewhat agree with their definition of worship, but mostly I disagree with them. They primarily believe that worship is about us receiving gifts from God. However, I primarily believe that worship is a very sacrificial time where we give to God because He has already given to us. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness,” 1 Chronicles 16:29 (TNIV). We cannot nor will ever be able to earn our way into Heaven. It doesn’t matter how many good things we do to glorify God; it will never be enough to pay for our sins. For this reason, we need Jesus to save us from our sins. Salvation is a gift given by the grace of God. It is not something can can be earned. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast,” Ephesians 2:8-9 (TNIV). Therefore, Sunday is not “like Christmas” as they stated it was like in the podcast. I believe that we do not receive from God the way they explained in “The Worship Experience.” Worship is something we do to give back to God for giving us salvation even though we are unworthy of it. “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved,” Ephesians 2:4-5 (TNIV). Basically, it is of my belief that the true meaning of worship is the way in which we live out our life. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – This is true worship,” Romans 12:1 (TNIV).
Here is the link where you can listen to the podcast referred to in this blog post: