It’s a pet peeve of mine:
Singing with the “worship band” up in the front, or the choir — whatever it may be — a lot of people call it “worship” time, “worship” team, “worship” leader. Worship is so much larger than that. Worship is our lives: worship is the living of our lives that points to what we value most:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:1–2)
The “worship time,” then, is not the only time that we “worship.” People apply the term too narrowly. The whole service is one act of worship: it must fit into the context of our lives, which should be a living sacrifice to God in its entirety.
That’s why what most people call “worship” I call “singspiration” instead. Needless nitpick? Well, say something long enough and you start believing it. And the last thing I want to do is to tell God I worship Him and stop only at a nice-sounding melody, flowery words and some nice intentions which are only drowned out after by clapping (but that is subject for another post).
Let’s be Honest about What we Do (or Don’t Do)
OK, so worship is the whole of our lives, and corporate singing in church is only a verbal and musical expression of that. How many people lie, then, when during “worship” they pledge their everything to God without even knowing the full implication of the words they utter?