You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)
Worship is not just something we "do;" it's who we are. I've been in worship ministry several years and one thing I've come to discover is that a lot of what we call "worship" is really not worship. I've seen some great choirs, worked with some of the best musicians in the country, and experienced different personalities in those charged with worship leader responsibilities. But the common denominator in all of it is great music - not true worship. I've been in rehearsal for hours preparing for Sunday morning, but where was the worship? I know that sounds hard to some, and may even spark debate, but just walk with me for a minute.
God wants more.
All the way back to early in the Old Testament God was calling for our complete devotion to Him (Ex. 20:5). Somewhere we've missed it. Too often worship is lost in the great music, the sound effects, the technology, the stage props, and all the other things that we think are necessary for people to have a meaningful worship experience. But what does all of THAT have to do with worship? Yes, music is a Biblically-ordained tool that helps us get into the throne room, but great music and worship are not the same thing. It isn't just about Sunday morning; it's about the rest of the week. It is about how we live. Shouldn't our lives reflect the worship of God? Shouldn't how we live from day to day be an offering to God? Shouldn't we strive every day to be like the One we say we worship? Isaiah's worship brought Him to repentance; then service (Isaiah 6:1-8). God is looking for worshipers. He is looking for those who will worship Him under the influence of the Holy Spirit, and be real with Him (John 4:23-24) (Psalm 51:6).