Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:1-3
The word worship comes from the English word worthy, in other words, God is more than worthy of our adoration, respect, devotion and our worship of Him. He is our Creator, our Father and the Supreme of all beings in the universe, the Most High God.
Worship can be loud, soft, joyful, extravagant and even out of this world, depending upon the depth of devotion and the leading of His Spirit, but one thing it cannot be and that is: a dead and lifeless ritual. I am afraid that today, worship has become just another part of a repetitious service to a God far away, an obligation to praise someone who doesn't even exist for many. Modern day praise and worship has spawned thousands of artists who have turned the worship of a holy God into a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry.
If we made love like we worship we would never have any children, with no intimacy or affection it becomes just another boring service of obligation trying to fulfill our duty to our spouse. Not so with God, for He is worthy of all praise and worship and His Spirit inhabits the praises of His people who are totally dedicated to Him!
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4,5
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin