Worship God, not worship!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Declare his glory among the nations…” (Psalm 96:3)
The glory of God is the shining brilliance of who God is and what God does.
The GREATNESS and the GOODNESS of God is the content of our worship.
We experience God’s greatness and goodness in our lives!
We express our wonder or joy or hope or love with words of praise!
Have we replaced the experience of God with the experience of worship?
Are we moved (or not) by the music, emotion or experience of singing together?
Do we come to church with hearts full of worship, or to be inspired to worship.
I believe that personal experience and response is the basis of true worship.
We experience God through the week, and we overflow with praise when we meet.
Singing together is one way to express our response to God’s glory.
But so is speaking together, declaring to each other how we’ve experienced God.
I suspect many Sunday singers would struggle to praise God in their own words.
If we didn’t sing at church, how much declaring of God’s glory would there be?
Am I busting with praise like this psalmist, eager to declare God’s glory?
Lord, forgive us for worshiping worship, and not worshiping you! May we experience your greatness and goodness in wonderful, personal ways and may we overflow with authentic, personal praise!


  1. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.” Not empty words but actions that honour who God is – offerings – something that I give of myself – something that I worked for – not only my heart felt worship but also my body and heart action in ascribing to God my full dedication and allegiance. Words can be easy – like the son in the parable that says – yes Father I’ll do it – but then doesn’t – the Samaritan that is a neighbour to the victim because he acts. So I must act when I ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name! Walk the talk – the worship in song that acts!

  2. Stop. Look. Listen. And see the glory of the Lord around me.
    Picking the produce from the land made me think and thank and praise the Lord that from a tiny seed I reap a bountiful harvest.
    Thank You Lord.
    Each day anew I need to see and recognize the greatness of my God and be grateful.
    Praise Him everywhere.

    In the stars His handiwork I see
    On the wind He speaks with majesty
    Tho’ He ruleth over land and sea
    What is that to me
    I will celebrate nativity
    For it has a place in history
    Sure He came to set His people free
    What is that to me
    ‘Til by faith I met Him face to face
    And I felt the wonder of His grace
    Then I knew that He was more
    Than just a God who didn’t care
    That lived away out there
    And now He walks beside me day by day
    Ever watching o’er me lest I stray
    Helping me to find that narrow way
    He’s ev’rything to me (repeat 2x’s)

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