QUEENSLANDER! QUEENSLANDER! QUEENSLANDER!
I heard the Queensland fans roar with passion and excitement during Wednesday night’s game. Even in my own lounge room the passion from the Queensland supports was electric, authentic, and heartfelt!
As I watched the game and the spectators, I marvelled at the passion I witnessed. I marvelled at the ‘worship’ that poured forth from the fans.
The word ‘worship’ is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship-to give. Simply, it means to give worth to something or someone. During the State of Origin game, people were clearly giving much worth to the game, and to the team they support.
It got me thinking about how we worship or ascribe worth to God and reminded me of the story of David dancing before the LORD in 2 Samuel 6. Scripture tells us that when the Ark of the LORD was returned to Jerusalem, King David was “leaping and dancing before the LORD…” (2 Sam. 6:16). David overflowed with joy and praise in the presence of God. He ascribed great worth to the return of God’s Ark and he could not contain his excitement.
I believe this is an encouragement and a challenge for us to consider how we ascribe worth to a favourite sports team or cooking show or kids running race in comparison to how we ascribe worth to our great God? Both during the week in all the decisions that we make and places that we go and on a Sunday during our gathered time of worship. During a Sunday service we have a fantastic opportunity, through song and prayer and the hearing of God’s Word, to declare His goodness and His mighty acts and to sing of our love for Him.
I love how Bob Kauflin describes congregational worship as; ‘Skilfully combining God’s Word and truths with music thereby motivating the congregation to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory’. Further he writes ‘Biblical praise is normally expressed, spoken, and observable. That’s why David says, “My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my be-ing!” (Psalm 108:1). That’s why the Psalms are filled with exhortations not only to proclaim God’s great-ness but to express his greatness with our bodies’ (B Kauflin, Worship Matters).
Gathering on a Sunday is not about ticking off a religious duty. It is far more than that. It is about bringing your praise and ascribing worth to the One who alone is worthy. I look forward to seeing you in the house of God today as we gather to declare and display the glorious and unending worth of our great God and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with all passion, excitement and joy. To him be all glory, forever and ever.
Psalm 47:1-2, 6-7 ‘Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord most high, the great King over all the earth! … Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise’.
Psalm 147:1 ‘Praise the Lord. How good is it to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!’
Bless you, Emma