Defining Worship

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In Psalm 63:1-8, David writes, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”

In these verses, David models for us what worship looks like when you're not in a church sanctuary, when things aren't going the way that you hoped, or when life is really hard. David is speaking of the desire that he has to be close to God and for God's presence in his life and in this desert. His mouth is parched and it's dry, and he still says, “I long for you in a dry and weary land where there's no water.”

We want to pursue God, and spiritual disciplines help us pursue him with our whole heart. In Psalm 63, David captures the idea that when we worship, we are pursuing God. David talks about the practice and the posture of worship. He talks to us about this practice worshiping in the sanctuary of praising God with our lips. So, worship is a song, but it's so much more than a song, and there are so many ways to practice the spiritual discipline of worship throughout our day. 

Reflection/Discussion Question: What parts of the opening verses of Psalm 63 resonate with you the most?

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