Worship In Practice

10 months ago


Three Types of Worship

Recently I was asked a question about how the believer is able to give glory to God in the midst of recreational activities. I told him that it could be as simple as not reacting negatively to a bad shot or being genuinely thankful for a good one. In addition, one can give glory be expressing thankfulness for the opportunity to partake in the activity. Too often we become so focused on our activity that we fail to praise God for the ability to enjoy that activity. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to always be thankful for all things. This is not easy, but it is the foundation for living in a state of worship.

Worship can be broken into three different types or forms. The first form is formal or corporate worship. This occurs in a formal assembly of like believers, who have gathered for the express purpose of singing, praising, and learning. The focus is to be on the holiness of God and grounded on His Word. The second is informal or personal worship. This occurs outside of the church, and is experienced when the individual takes time to focus on studying the Word of God and praying. This is a time of personal focused worship, which may or may not include singing and family instruction. The final form of worship is dynamic worship. This is accomplished when the individual is able to split his focus between the various activities he is participating in and actively worshiping God through his words and actions. Of the three this final is the hardest to actually fulfill. This is due to our ability to focus on a task or pleasure to the complete exclusion of anything else. Being selfish individuals we have the tendency to ignore the God who made pleasure we are in the act of enjoying.

Imagine worship as an automobile. Formal worship is the engine. It provides teaching, praise, instruction, and encouragement which is meant to energize the individual. Informal worship is the transmission which is meant to propel the individual into service, because it provides personal learning and maturity. However, the transmission and the engine need a clutch to allow the two to mesh and be useful. This clutch is dynamic worship. Dynamic worship requires that the individual seek to apply what he has learned to his everyday life. Worship is meant to be both centrally focused and split focused, because each believer is expected to use each moment as a form of worship to God.