You can check that other article out for what praise is; here I want to focus on worship. The best place to start any study like this is with understanding. Do we really understand what the word “worship” means? Here is the definition: Reverent honor or homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred. From that we can boil the definition down to the nuts and bolts of it: Honoring, revering, and respecting God.
Once we break it down like that it is pretty easy to see how we worship God! When you show somebody respect or honor it means you do what they ask you to, you speak highly of them, and you speak politely to them. As simple as that seems that is all God asks of us in worship! He wants to be obeyed, spoken of respectfully, and spoken to respectfully.
I am a pretty simple person for the most part, and I don’t put too much stock in technical definitions and such. Therefore, I would like to put this another way. Have you ever heard the phrase, “worships the ground they walk on”? I’m betting you have. It is a common phrase to say that a person thinks so highly of another person that they will do anything for them and believe they can do no wrong. That is what worshiping God is all about! We are willing to do anything for Him and we live our lives in a way that reflects our belief that He is always right!
We can worship God in everything we do. By working hard at our jobs, refusing to act or speak dishonestly, refusing to blame God for when things go wrong, and so on. Our lives are supposed to be one big act of worship. As we do the right things and obey God’s commandments people will see that. When we attribute who we are to the God Who created us, we are worshiping Him!
Just like we discussed when we looked at praise, worship is actually really simple. We are usually the ones to complicate it! We worry about how to do it and whether we are doing it right, when, really, it is as simple as respecting and honoring Him!
How do you worship in your life?