There are many different forms of worship. In Pentecostal or charismatic circles, we tend to bundle all our music together and call it worship, and let that be that. All our songs, whether they be songs of praise, encouragement, warfare, victory, intercession, thanksgiving, teaching; it all gets filed under “worship.” Worship can be without music, and music can be without worship. Many of our songs are songs of encouragement, songs of teaching, or songs of warfare. They are not bad songs; far from it. Songs that we sing to each other as believers, or songs that we sing to drive back the darkness, are good and necessary songs, but we need real worship songs as well.
Worship songs bring us into the presence of God. In a worship song, we tell the Lord that we love Him, that we need Him, that we are grateful that He saved us and loves us. Worship is a time of humbling ourselves before the Lord and enjoying His presence, getting as close to Him as we can; letting Him fill us with Himself, and telling Him over and over again that we love Him, that we are grateful to Him for saving us, and that we need Him. It’s not a time to talk to other Christians; it’s a time to draw near to God and seek His face.
You may worship with no music at all. You may worship the Lord, telling Him how much you love Him and are grateful to Him, in silence, in the stillness, where it is quiet and you are all alone. Or you may find yourself worshipping the Lord in your heart in the middle of a busy day. Worship, real, gentle, adoring, humble worship of our God, is why we were created.
That is why the first and greatest commandment is, “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, all thy soul, all thy mind, and all thy strength.” Worship is loving God. If this seems strange to you, consider that in heaven, the redeemed worship before God’s throne night and day. “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Certainly in heaven God’s perfect will is done, and we see the result; constant, fervent, heartfelt, devoted, dedicated adoration of Jesus the Lamb that was slain, and God the Father. Should we do less while we are on earth? “Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”