We Have the Wrong Understanding of Worship
"Come, let us worship and bow down;" - Psalm 95:6a
What is worship, anyway?
Well, worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.
Well, guess what? Worship is the number-one ministry priority in our church. We hope and pray that the weekend worship will be the most exciting and meaningful event of each person’s week, a place for Christians to get their spiritual batteries charged, and a place for seekers to find God.
Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher in the 19th century, once clarified the most common misconception about worship using the analogy of a drama. “When we come to worship God, we generally feel as though the preacher and other ministers are the performers and God is the subject of the performance and we as the congregation are merely the audience…but this is a terrible misunderstanding of worship.”
Kierkegard is describing a consumer-oriented approach, focused more on what we receive than what we give. Kierkegard goes on to say, “Authentic Christian worship is just the opposite. We, the congregation, are the performers. The preachers and other ministers are the directors of the performance and God is the audience.”
Next time you worship, try this perspective. It just might make it a more meaningful experience.
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