Bringing pleasure to God is called worship. The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love (Psalm 147:11). Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship.
One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He wired us with 5 senses and emotions so we can experience this pleasure. We often forget that God has emotions too. Aren’t we created in His image? He feels things very deeply. The bible tells us that God grieves, gets jealous and angry, and feels compassionate, pity, sorrow and sympathy as well as happiness, gladness, and satisfaction. God loves, delights, gets pleasure, rejoices, enjoys and even laughs. (Genesis 6:6, Exodus 20:5, Deut 32:36, Judges 2:19, I Kings 10:9, I Chronicles 16:27, Psalm 2:4, 5:5, 18:19, 35:27, 37:23, 103:13, 104:31, Ezekiel 5:13, I John 4:16).
Worship is multifaceted. There are various aspects of worship. Anthropologists have noted that worship is a universal urge, an inbuilt need to connect with God. Worship is as natural as eating or breathing. If we fail to worship God, we always find a substitute, which ends up most times being our self or our possession. The reason God made us with this desire is that HE desires worshippers. John 4:23
We need to expand our understanding of worship. Worship is far more than Church services with singing, praying and listening to a sermon, ceremonies, communion, healing, miracles, and ecstatic experiences. These expressions can be elements of worship but worship is a lifestyle.
Worship is far more than music
For many people, worship is just a synonym for music. Every part of a church service is an act of worship. Adam worshipped God in the Garden of Eden before music was mentioned at the birth of Jubal (Gen 4:21). If worship is just music, then all who are non-musical could never worship.
Worse still is the often misuse of worship as a particular style of worship – slow music. Worship has nothing to do with the style or volume or speed of a song. God loves all kinds of music because he invented it all – fast, slow, loud, soft, old and new. He loves variety. You may not like all but God does. If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship.
Worship is not for your benefit
When we worship, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves. We don’t worship to please ourselves unlike those that say “I didn’t get anything out of worship today” “I loved the worship today; I got a lot out of it”. Our motive is to bring glory and pleasure to our creator.
God complained about half-hearted and hypocritical worship (Isaiah 29: 13). People were offering God stale prayers, insincere prayers, empty words and man-made rituals without even thinking out the meaning. God is not moved by the tradition in worship but by passion and commitment.
Worship is a life
The bible tells us to worship God continually and to praise him from sunrise to sunset. (Psalm 105:4, 113:3, 34:1). People in the bible praised God at work, at home, in battle, jail, and even in bed. Praise should be the first and last activity you do in a day.
Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when it is done for the praise, glory and pleasure of God (I Corinthians 10:31). Do everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and continually converse with him (Colossians 3:23). Work becomes worship when we dedicate it to God and perform it with awareness of His presence. Real worship is about falling in love with Jesus. What common task could I start doing as if i were doing it directly for Jesus?