While attending a concert this week, I was struck by the reaction of the audience when a couple of men stood up and began dancing and swaying during a worship song. There were some young girls doing the same thing, but the audience was surprised by these adult males. Personally, I respected and admired their abandon during the beautiful music, something I’m not as comfortable doing. This made me ponder how often I allow social mores to hinder my worship. The answer: too often.
So, what is worship? That is the question that Martin Luther King, Jr. attempted to answer when he said, “It is the awareness of the creator on the part of the creature…The sound of great music might cause us to worship in our bedrooms. The reading of profound and lasting literature might cause us to worship at our studies. The observation of the beauties of nature might cause us to worship in the midnight hours.” This definition applies to both private and public worship. While at CTK, we might find ourselves worshipping during the music, after an uplifting chat with a friend, or through some truly inspired ideas presented by Rick up on stage. “Whenever we are carried out of ourselves by something greater than ourselves and give ourselves to that something then we are worshipping.”
The heart of worship must begin and end with Jesus. As the song says, “it’s all about You Jesus.” Social customs often keep us tied down. We don’t like being judged and so we find ourselves holding back. Whether I am worshipping in the privacy of my home or with everyone at CTK, being true to my Creator and worshipping with Him needs to be my goal. I hope we all invite Jesus into our worship as we have invited Him into our hearts. It is that connection that will allow for free and genuine worship