"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:11
When we talk about worship in Christian circles, we tend to confine it to a few songs that take place before the pastor delivers a message. Maybe it's due to having football on the brain since the NFL season just kicked off, but it struck me recently that Sunday worship services are something much different than we realize. It's halftime, not the game itself.
During those times when we gather as a community for "church," we're like a team in the locker room. We’ve emptied our hearts on the gridiron. Some of us have bumps and bruise. Others might be exhausted or injured. Depending on what took place on the field, the hope of victory could be in short supply.
It's at that moment where we can catch their breath, rest, and rethink. Adjustments to the game plan take place. Players encourage one another while the coach rallies the troops and inspires them not to give up. The players aren't meant to stay in the locker room but rather head out to do battle on the field for the second half.
Scripture paints a picture of worship as something that takes place between Sundays. Going to church and singing is a part of worship, but they are not the end-all, be-all. In everything we say and do, we have an opportunity to praise God and declare that He is worthy of our worship.
We give God greater glory when we live our lives with integrity, love others boldly, and make an impact in our surroundings during the other 167 hours of the week than singing to the point we lose our voice during that solo hour on Sunday. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, reminds us that "whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
Scholars interpret the book of Revelation in varied ways. I'll be honest; the descriptions and imagery contained within it confuse me. The 4th chapter, with all its creatures, elders, and others, is no different. But, for all I don't understand, one thing is crystal clear: every being was praising and glorifying God. All of creation exists to celebrate Him.
How we treat others, how we respond to trying circumstances, and how we act when no one is looking speaks to what we worship. What we do with our time and talents gives a glimpse into the focus of our worship. Who we run to when we're afraid, lonely, or broken highlights the object of our affection. Everything we say and do points to someone or something and, as believers, our lives should declare our trust, dependence, and faith in Him. Not just on Sunday, but every second of every day.
If someone were to take inventory on the past few days, what would they say you worship? How would their answer make you feel?
How can you see what you do today as an act of worship?
God, You are worthy of my affection and attention. You are my sustainer and provider. You are the resting place for hope and security. May I let these truths shape everything about me so that I will spend my days glorifying You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.