How Do We Worship?
Part 4 of 6
Text: Deuteronomy 6:5-6
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
We worship our Father in Heaven, His Son, and the Holy Spirit with our emotions.
We are created in the image of God. God has emotions. Scriptures give several examples where God expressed emotions. He expresses loneliness, sadness, happiness. Jesus cries, gets angry and expressing being please with something. Clearly, God is an emotional being and we are created in His image. As a result, why are we so afraid to express them back to Him?
- One of the ideas behind this passage (in Deuteronomy) is that we worship the Lord all we are.
- We are spiritual, physical, intellectual AND emotional.
- Why is it that we will “hoot and holler” for a favorite sport team but come into God’s house and sit on our hands (or cross our arms) and simply choose to be silent?
- Some might answer “reverence”…however, the idea that you approach the worship of the Lord out of fear and shying away from exuberant praise is simply inconsistent with Biblical accounts of worship. Biblically, we see worship as exciting, loud, and filled with dancing. Yes, there are quiet moments but these are not considered more or less spiritual than the loud ones.
- “Serenity does not equal spirituality.”
“I want to be more like King David. I want the overflow of my heart to result in extravagant worship before the Lord.”
Kim Hall in
Experience God in Worship