READ: Psalm 96:1-13 (NIV)
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
When I think of worship, the first thing that comes to my mind is Saturday night and Sunday morning. I immediately think of music with guitars, drums, keys, synths, a bass, and singers. That is the image that we've got stuck in our heads - even Psalm 96 starts off by saying "Sing to the LORD a new song". But it doesn't end there.
Worship is more than a Saturday/Sunday event. It's more than a few hours out of our week. Worship is a lifestyle. It's a way of living your life in a way that praises God. Paul writes in Colossians "whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." And Psalm 96 agrees with this - after encouraging us to sing a new song, we should "declare God's glory" to everyone.
So wait - you mean part of worship is telling people about God? Yep - in fact, one of the most important things that God tells us to do is tell people about Him and invite them to church. The last thing Jesus said before ascending to Heaven was, "Go tell people about me!"
But why do we worship God? Psalm 96 says this is the God of "marvelous deeds" and the God "judges the world with [fairness]." In fact, God made us righteous so that He could judge us in righteousness (Look at 2 Cor. 5:21).
Our God is a God worthy of our praise, worthy of our time, worthy of our giving, worthy of our words, worthy of our lives. Make today the day that you don't just worship on the weekends, but you start a lifestyle of worship.
• Why is worship important to you?
• How can you start a lifestyle of worship today?
• When was the last time worship in your life happened outside of the weekend?
• What are ways that you can worship outside of the weekend?