I’ve told you my personal definition of worship, but let’s press a little further today. I’ve often thought that “Worship” is a funny word. Take a look at it. W O R S H I P. Have you ever wondered how those letters came to represent our adoration of God? Maybe I’m just a little too analytical, but I’ve often wondered from where we derived that word.
If you’re thoroughly curious now, and even if you’re not, here’s the answer. Worship comes from Old English. It is derived from two words, worth + ship. The original meaning is “to ascribe worth to.” When we worship God we are attributing worth to Him. It is important to note that worship does not measure the actual worth of a person or object, but rather how much worth is ascribed to that person or object.
By showing up on Sunday morning, you are saying, “God, you are worth at least two hours of my time and attention.” By volunteering in the church or in any Christian mission, you are saying, “God, you are worth a few more hours of my time and energy, and your kingdom is important to me.” By giving your resources and finances to the church or any Christian mission, you are saying, “God, you are worth my money. Your kingdom is so important to me, that I would gladly give financially to support it. Not only that, but God, you are worthy of my trust. I trust that you will provide for my needs as I provide for your kingdom.”
We, in the human race, have a tendency to compartmentalize our lives. “Over here I have my work, over here my family, over here are my hobbies and over here is the church.” We have separated life into the sacred and the secular. To God, however, all of our life is sacred. Our worship should reflect that. Worship shouldn’t be what we “do” on Sunday and Wednesday, it should be a constant flow of attributing worth to the one who is worth everything! My goal is that someday the worth that I attribute to God will come close to matching His actual worth.
Your homework this week is to examine your worship this past month. How much worth have you been ascribing to God? Does it come close to matching God’s actual worth? Pray and ask God how your worship should change to reflect His worthiness in the following five areas: your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
“Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5