I have always been challenged by Jesus’ words to his disciples that if they did not recognize who He was (is), and respond accordingly with worship, the rocks would cry out in adoration of the Creator of all.
Read Luke 19:40.
Therefore, in order to not allow the rocks to get in our way, here are some different ways to participate in worship that Scripture reveals. With one might you choose to grow in?
- Speaking God’s praise aloud – Psalm 71:8
- Singing – Psalm 69:30-31, Psalm 98:1, Acts 16:25, Ephesians 5:19
- Shouting – Psalm 47:1, Psalm 98:4
- Laughter – Psalm 126:1-3
- Prayers – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
- Silence – Psalm 46:10, Habakkuk 2:20
- Lifting of Hands – Psalm 28:2, Psalm 63:4, Psalm 134:1-2, Luke 24:50-51, 1 Timothy 2:8
- Standing – 1 Chronicles 23:30
- Bowing or kneeling – Psalm 95:6, Daniel 6:10
- Falling prostrate – Deuteronomy 9:18, Revelation 4:9-10, and 5:8
- Reading of Scripture – 1 Timothy 4:13-14
- Clapping – Psalm 47:1
- Dancing or leaping – 2 Samuel 6:16, Psalm 30:11, Acts 3:7-8
- Making an affirmation of faith – 1 Corinthians 15:3-5
- Baptism – Matthew 28:19
- Communion – Luke 22:14-21
- Giving of offerings – Philippians 4:14-19
- Using instruments – Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150
- Spiritual gifts, signs and wonders – Acts 2:43, 1 Corinthians 12 and 14
- Tears – Luke 7:38,44
- The amen – making a commitment to have this established in my life – Nehemiah 8:6, Revelation 7:12.
Many of us attend gatherings of Christ-followers from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox backgrounds where we are used to a particular style of worship. It is important to affirm and support all church traditions which are consistent with Scripture. We also receive reason and intellectual ability as God’s gifts, and which are critical to the development of a Biblical worldview. Ultimately, the purpose of a Biblical faith is to experience God.
Therefore, a vibrant Christianity starts with “prima Scriptura,” or Scripture first. That means we approach the Bible on its own terms. We regard and affirm the 66 books of the Bible as the inspired and sufficient written word of God for our study and practice.
Our foundation for why, how, and when we worship has to originate in Scripture. Let’s allow Scripture to inform, inspire, shape, and deepen our discipline of worship of Jesus, our King.
Grow devotionally. Let Scripture, not tradition, reason, or experience, broaden your worship.
Love is a verb,
©2017 by Mike Olejarz