Read Hebrews 13:15-16
Imagine yourself among the children of Israel when they arrived at Mount Sinai. Only recently delivered out of slavery, they found themselves approaching a mountain that seemed to be on fire, its topmost height enshrouded by storm clouds, and the voice of God issuing from the mountain like a blast from a giant ram’s horn. What would have been your reaction? Would you have assembled a praise team or sung a few verses of a hymn? Would you have clapped, lifted your hands, or even moved your feet a little bit in worship?
Those are some of the things we label as “worship” today. We talk about worship as though it is just the singing part of our church gatherings. But worship is a verb. It is much more than singing our praises to God. It is more than the hour or two we offer to God on Sundays. And, as the writer to the Hebrews points out, our worship ought to cost us something…
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—
the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to
share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Heb.13:15–16)
As those verses make clear, worship is far more than singing songs during a service. Just as Jesus, the Word was sacrificed for our sin… so should our worship be a continual “sacrifice of praise.”