Worship is at its heart all about the honour and praise of Yaweh, it is truly for an Audience of One but if we forget about the corporate nature of our gathered worship we miss out on a vital dimension of our highest calling. (more…)
“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ ” (Mark 12:28-30)
In previous articles we have looked at some of the more practical aspects of leading worship, including some physical ways to express worship to God – we could think of these as coming under the heading of “with all your strength”. Now I want us to turn our attention to the first part of the verse above and look at the heart or character of a worship leader. (more…)
Often when people speak about times of worship (i.e. when you perform an act of worship as opposed to worshipping in our daily lives), they speak in terms of praise and worship as if the two were somehow separate acts. Often this is taken to the point where the separation seems to divide upon the tempo of a song for example fast equals praise, slow equals worship, although on the surface this may seem to provide a simple structure, I would dare to suggest that it is too simplistic and we risk missing out some of the depths of worship if we purely see it in this structure. I would in fact suggest that praise is a subset of the greater structure of worship which involves our whole lives. (more…)
Our English word “worship” stems from the Old English word “worthship” meaning to give something its worth. This in its purest form is what worship is about, it is to esteem something for its worth. The problem with this however is that it misses the multifaceted aspects of worship which we see expressed in the bible. Where in English we have this one word worship the Hebrew worshipper had a myriad of different words each pertaining to a different aspect of their worship which we will be looking at these in a future article.