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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Worship is...

I wrote a short study on worship for my connect group the yesterday. Not enough people turned up, so we watched lost, the family guy and the third girl who turned up had just finished training at napoleon, so she did our make-up. (Girls hey?)

i didn't understand how hard it can be to write a short, simplified study! I started writing about one area of worship, only to realise that i could write a whole study on one minute area. So i started again, and started with the question of "what do you think worship is?", and came up with these points: (please note that i don't have my notes with Me, but hopefully i'll remember it correctly):

1. Worship is a response.
2. Worship is obedience.
3. Worship is sacrifice.
4. Worship doesn't depend on your emotions or circumstances.
5. Worship is relationship.
6. Worship is service.

so often people relate worship to singing or music, when in reality it's only a small part of the picture; singing is an EXPRESSION of worship, but it is only worship when coupled with the right attitude.

for example, i could stand in church and sing, even raise my hands, and it wouldn't be worship. However, if i was standing in church, singing to God with my hands raised as a RESPONSE to something He had revealed to Me, then that would be worship.
There are many times in the Bible - especially in Psalms, where worship is a response to a revelation.

i hope that all makes sense. I may clarify this at a later point...

its cool that you are looking at worship for what it is........there is so much confusion and hype about what worship should be like and what it is and isnt but paula .........you have got it dead right my friend
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