Sunday, December 30, 2007

What is Necessary to Worship?

Yesterday, Travman and I were discussing some of the details of the next three weeks. One thing that struck me was the fact that all three of our sons have only known two bodies as their home church. The one here locally and the one that hubby and I had been at all but 6 months of our married lives. Catch this.... 15 years - from 1990 to May 2005.... It was at that physical building where all three sons went from the nursery to the baptismal waters as a result of a choice and really started growing in their relationships with God/Christ. And yet, this local church body is where Austin received his calling and all three boys have truly dived in with their service because of God's love for them and theirs for Him. History... just some of it to say the least...

Trav made a comment about "not being at church" the next three weeks. About how it might be difficult for him to truly worship in unknown places. His honesty - I greatly appreciate. It reminded me of something God taught me years ago....

What is necessary to worship is not a familiar building... or group of people... at least that's not the way God truly intended for it be I believe. For it was.... how could anyone worship when those doors are closed? When that group of people are a part for days?

When I was home bound... I could not go to the physical building. Did that mean I was unable to worship? No.... not all. And as in this current time in our lives.... worship can take place wherever we go.... are and no doubt it will....

God is not in a room with a lock and key and the times of entry posted on the door.


What is necessary to Worship? Truly worship?

3 comments:

Matt Branaugh said...

This is a great post, and it reminds me of my first airplane trip. I was 15, and traveling with my brother from Denver to Portland, Ore. The flight got in late at night, and as we rode a bus to our hotel, I remember feeling some anxiety about traveling so far for the first time without my parents. As we came around a bend on the highway, I saw one of those lit-up crosses on a hillside, as you'll often see in cities around the country. It instantly reminded me that no matter where I go, God goes there as well, and I can worship him the same.

Camey said...

Thanks Matt. Greatly appreciated you sharing your story as well.

tonyyork said...

In answer to your question, two things:

Spirit & Truth

The definition of the two would take me about 6-8 weeks...

Consider these things:

Worship comes from the older word "Worthship" and like relationship - the 'ship' part of the word means "having". So just like relationship means having relations... worthship means having worth.

Worship starts with a recognition of the VALUE of God. That is a big statement. Which leads me to my last thought for today...

The words most translated to Worship in the Old and New testaments come from words that show a physical reaction to the knowledge of that worth. Specifically, they mean to "Bow Down or Prostrate".

A simple start to the understanding of worship is "Our response to the value we perceive about God." That can be an every moment, every where type of thing.