The Theology of Worship
“Holy holy holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Rev 4:8, 11 ESV)
The profound beauty of worship is that we are singing the truths of God back to Him, that He mercifully revealed to us in the first place. We are stating facts and adding melodies.
When we sing these truths we are not only worshipping God, we are singing to ourselves, and we are singing to the world. We are proclaiming how life is, and who we are in relation to the Creator. We are singing of the fact of His love for us, and the truth of how His Great Love played out in history.
As I was singing along with The Church on Sunday, worshipping God with the very truths He carefully revealed to us, the act of “Worship” came full circle for me.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth… From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:1-5, 14, 16 ESV)
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is the word, and we are singing pieces of Himself that He gave us.
The Word is promise and mercy and truth, but also corporeal and tangible and saving. It is from the fullness of The Word we have all received grace upon grace.
So it makes sense that when we worship, it is not just words of promises and mercy and truth, but it is also corporeal and tangible and saving.
The Holy Spirit breaks chains as we sing “my chains are gone”.
God is glorified in our hearts when we sing “we glorify you”.
The real renewal of forgiveness is played out when we sing “Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow”.
Worship is real. It’s is the beauty of Gods word spoken in melodies. Things are really happening as we sing, and I loved that God gave us the most beautiful form of communicating, through song, to change our hearts and lives from the fullness of The Word, to receive grace upon grace.