Unceasing Worship Part 1
Readers, I asked Redner, The Image music lead, to blog through his study of Harold Best's book “Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts”.
I'm looking forward to reading his thoughts with you, enjoy!
What is worship?
Everyone has a concept of what they think worship is. I grew up in a background of diverse worship styles from the “shout and give me glory” style to the “stand up, sing a hymn and sit down” style.
Growing up, my Dad served in the worship ministry. I served on worship teams ever since I can remember. I was always singing on a Sunday. But, I can attest that my heart wasn’t always right. I was singing but my heart was focused elsewhere. I had a limited concept of worship. I was just under the notion that worship was the time that we sing and praise God. I was religious in my ways…”this is what we do, this is how we do it and so this is how I’m going to do it.”
But, worship isn’t just about singing or playing instruments. It isn’t just a designated time that we sing on Sunday. It is much more deeper than that and these past few years have really opened my heart to the beauty of true and authentic worship.
Recently, I’ve begin to delve into the heart of worship and started reading “Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts” by Harold Best. In the introduction, he discusses the common view of worship and how it seems to be attributed to a time and place. However as a church, we become impoverished when we limit itself to just a few ways of raising our voices to the Lord in continuing worship. As people, we should develop a continuous outpouring as a rubric for our worship. Over the next few weeks, I will dig deeper into the meaning of continuous outpouring and the true meaning of authentic worship. Lastly, I leave you with this final thought, “When you hear the word “worship,” what do you think about?”