Our focus this month is on the corporate spiritual discipline of worship. Just as in last month’s dive into the discipline of confession, worship has an impact for us both personally and corporately. One of the points that Richard Foster brings to light in Celebration of Discipline is that God actively seeks worshipers. We see this in John 4:23: “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way” (NLT).
In our Monday night Prayer Nights, we’ve been discussing the love of God for the past couple of weeks. I have found in working with people over the years that there are a lot of distorted views about God, especially when it comes to Him as our Father. Our parents tend to be our first glimpse at a reflection of God’s heart for us and sadly for many, the reflection is far from accurate. Jesus described what God the Father is like when he told the story of the prodigal son. God is the Father in the story, watching and waiting for the return of His boy, and when He sees him in the distance, He drops everything and runs for him with His arms wide open. God’s love for us is deep and all encompassing. Worship is the natural response to the invitation He gives us to be known and loved fully.
As human beings, we were created to worship and make no mistake, we will worship something. For some it’s money, prestige, and career. For others it can be things that are good but are not in the proper place like worship of our family, spouse, or kids. When we worship anything that is not God, it becomes an idol in our lives and is the thing that has captured our hearts.
This month as we explore worship, ask yourself this question: Who or what do I worship? We answer this question by determining what is most important to us. Be honest with yourself and if the answer truthfully is not God, bring that to Him. He knows us so much better than we know ourselves; our honest answer will not shock Him. Confession is a great way to begin worship.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach