The Weight of Glory (What is worship?)

by Daniel Rieke

Worship is a word we use a lot, but our familiarity with it creates a danger of blurring what the term means biblically.

Think about the different ways we use the term: 

“I don’t like the worship at that church” (translation: I don’t like the music at that church)
“He’s their worship leader” (translation: he leads the music on Sundays)
“I like that worship song by Chris Tomlin” (translation: I like that song by Chris Tomlin that sings about the character and nature of God)
“She’s a real passionate worshipper” (translation: she is expressive during the songs at church gatherings)

Clearly, we use that term in a broad array of contexts, so here’s another thing to consider: When we hear the following statements about worship, do they feel strange?

“During the next portion of our service, we will be worshipping through prayer”
“Let’s worship now through listening to a sermon”
“I’m worshiping God as I take out the trash tonight”
“I’m worshiping God by taking my wife on a date”
“I worshiped God last night by resisting a sin temptation”

If any/all of those last few statements seemed strange for us, it’s probably because we misunderstand what worship is biblically. Think of what Paul says to the church at Corinth about worship:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

Whatever you do…do it for God’s glory. Or stated differently, whatever you do…do it as a form of worship unto God.

This means that in every moment of every day, we have the privilege of choosing to worship God through whatever we’re doing. Suddenly, the mundane becomes vitally important and impactful. Suddenly, the tasks we feel are pointless have extraordinary worth and value because if done as unto God, they bring Him glory.

We can bring glory to the Creator of the universe simply by orienting our hearts towards Him as we live our daily lives. Everything – every moment, every task, every conversation, every thought – carries great weight. 

Every moment of our day carries the weight of glory. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”