Defining Worship 7

Exactly what is worship? I like King David’s definition. “Oh magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Ps. 34: 3 NASB). Worship is the act of magnifying God. Enlarging our vision of Him. . . . Of course, His size doesn’t change, but our perception of Him does. As we draw nearer, He seems larger. Isn’t that what we need? A big view of God? Don’t we have big problems, big worries, big questions? Of course we do. Hence we need a big view of God.

Worship offers that. How can we sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy” and not have our vision expanded? Or what about the lines from “It Is Well with My Soul”

My sin—O the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin—not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

—Max Lucado, Just like Jesus, 82

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