The subject of worship is arguably the most contentious among Christians. Just how should it be done? If you have 5 people in a room you can almost guarantee 5 different views! And it is not surprising. The very purpose for which we were created by God was to worship him, therefore the enemy will do anything he can to prevent that.
Throughout the Old Testament, very specific rules were given about the way that worship should be done. This shows that God takes it very seriously. There is much less about it in the New Testament. This is NOT to say that it doesn’t matter any more, and God will accept anything as worship. The important thing is that the ceremonies and rituals of Old Testament sacrifice were fulfilled in Christ, and therefore no longer need to be performed. We can come straight into the presence of God. The writer to the Hebrews says:
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.” Hebrews 10: 19, 22 NIV.
We spend far too much time arguing about what style of music we would prefer in our services of worship, that we are in danger of forgetting this important principle – the worship of God is only possible through the shed blood of Jesus. And we can approach him with confidence, whatever our musical preference!
There has also been a movement that says that in fact worship is not what happens when we meet together, but is to be carried out in the whole of our lives. Now I believe that there is a strong element of truth in that, but it is not the complete picture. God DOES meet with his people in a special way when they gather together, but we must still live our lives as worship to Him. It’s not either/or but both/and.
So let’s thank God that when we meet on the weekend, whatever format our service may take, that God will meet us because of the shed blood of Jesus. And let’s, too, worship him in everything we do for the rest of the week.