-type of music
-act of devotion
-feeling of adoration
-warm up for sermon
What do you think about when you hear the word "worship"? Honestly, I think I see true worship demonstrated better in college football games and in concerts than in church. The reason lies in the emotional investment. People simply aren't fans of Jesus like they are their favorite team or singer. I can't say that I blame them. We enter Christianity on faith in what God has already done. If you're new to Christianity, the anticipation of what God might do with you is exciting, but still unknown. It would be like googling Beyonce and seeing her lists of accolades from acting, singing, and writing music, but you've never heard her perform. You believe she's a great artist because of what she's already done, but you still haven't experienced her voice for yourself. Nine out of ten people would hear the voice of Beyonce and be entertained, thus validating the research. It becomes easy to worship and praise her because she's a proven talent.
Imagine yourself on your journey to figure out if Beyonce is legit. You drive to a big city venue, buy expensive tickets on the front row, and wait in anticipation of a rumored great show. Then when Beyonce appears, she asks you personally to start cheering for her with your hands raised in excitement. If you have no idea who this person is or if she's any good, your response is probably going to be "Um, no disrespect, but I drove a long way and paid a lot of money to be here. I need YOU to do something now."
People want that kind of experience with God. We unintentionally approach worship like do something and I will worship you. I truly don't believe people intentionally sit in church with their arms folded and hearts closed. In fact, I feel that most people struggle with a jealousy toward the carefree worshippers. I have certainly felt that jealousy. It was built on the assumption that God had revealed Himself to them in a way that I had not experienced. It made me feel less than; like that right was earned and I had not earned it yet.
God operates in the opposite way. No one knows the legitimacy of a pop star until they start performing because talent and abilities have to be seen, heard, and experienced. No one buys $500 concert tickets on faith alone! Our Creator is different. We can buy those tickets on faith alone because of what God's word says:
His timing is always good:
"For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay." Habukkuk 2:3
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
He is all-knowing and plans to prosper us:
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for