In our Alphabet of Faith series we’re making our way through the alphabet with a word of faith for each letter. This week we’re up to “W” in the alphabet.
“W” Is for Worship
“He just adores that car of his.” “Her greatest delight is her grandchildren.” “He’s the greatest.” “She’s the best.” We use terms of endearment all the time for all kinds of situations. We adore, admire, affirm, and praise regularly and it feels good to do so. We could add another word to our list of terms of endearment, the word worship. I would argue the word “worship” is the highest term of endearment; that’s why it’s a word the Bible reserves for God.
Whatever else we adore or worship must be done so with qualification, for nothing nor anyone is perfect, other than God. But when it comes to God we can worship Him without reservation! The psalmist declares, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker…” (Psalm 95:6) We were made for worship, but not just the worship of anything; we were made to worship God – to adore, affirm and praise Him above all else.
How does this reminder of the importance of worshiping God relate to the nitty gritty and daily “stuff” you and I are called to live? Picture a toddler on the floor playing with all the multicolored toys placed around him. Standing or sitting nearby is a loving parent or grandparent. Occasionally the child looks up at the adult and smiles, then gets back to his play. The child may seem to be enamored and engrossed by the toys, but it’s obvious the child is playing with the awareness of the loving presence above and nearby.
This is how we can face each day and make our way through both the delights and challenges of each day. As we “play” at our work down here on the “floor” of daily living we can do so with the awareness that we have an infinitely awesome and wonderful Heavenly Father who is always present. It is His sacred presence that makes sacred all that we do as we deal with the “toys” of all that’s been placed around us!
Worship is not only done when sitting in the lap of God in personal or group worship that’s intentional. Worship of God is something we can experience whenever and wherever we have an awareness of His amazing presence!
“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool…” (Psalm 99:5)