Worship is a Verb
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
What does it mean to follow Christ, to be close to Christ, to use the gifts we have been given, to be the church? A common thread runs through each of these ideas. There is joint activity between the Holy Spirit and individuals in living out the Christian life.
We should not be surprised then that worship is also active not only on our part, but on the part of Jesus Christ who intercedes before the Father on our behalf. Worship is after all, a verb, not a noun. It is something we do rather than something we watch.
In Leviticus 1:4 we read that the worshipers placed their hands on the head of the animal being offered in worship, thereby identifying themselves with the sacrifice being offered. The sacrificial offering was them.
That concept is still in operation. In worship, we consciously identify ourselves with the Perfect Sacrifice, Jesus, and with all that is offered in our worship whether it be a prayer, a song, a reading of scripture, the sermon, or some other aspect of worship. It makes all the difference both on earth and in heaven.