Experience the Best Worship Place
Attention all Christians: Would you like to know the best place to worship? The answer is within this article, so keep reading.
Worship is generally defined as reverent love and devotion to a deity or even an idol. A place of worship is usually connected with a church, synagogue, or consecrated place for the purpose of worship. We expect to experience worship in a place of worship.
Christian places of worship are described in various ways. For example, several places of worship in the Harrisburg area advertise their worship services in directories and on websites as traditional worship, contemporary worship, blended worship, and undefined worship. These places of worship usually predetermine a form of worship. In Africa, bongos might play a major role in worship. In the U. S. our Christian faith is represented in a variety of ways: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Denominational, etc., which all have their forms of worship within their places of worship. The whole spectrum is covered, ranging from boring to dynamic, according to personal preference.
Worship forms may be liturgical, traditional, contemporary, blended, or any other combination of terms. Here is where personal preference rules. When that preference is violated, so to speak, we find these criticisms:
Too loud, too long, too much bass, no bass, inexperienced leader, leader too sophisticated, no strings, too many strings, no back up singers, too many singers, platform full, platform empty, etc. You get the picture. What is best?
Worship leaders in our churches have a tremendous responsibility, and at times with little thanks – and usually no monetary compensation. Yet they are expected to spend a major part of their week preparing to lead a congregation into a satisfying experience of worship of the God of the Universe. Don Potter in Facing the Wall relates his personal challenge to worship Jesus as though He is the only one in the room (http://www.liveinhispresence.com/sresource_facing_the%20_wall.htm).
Our denominational church congregations that have a programmed order of worship, planned for the year ahead, with predetermined hymns and recitations come under a different dilemma. Theirs is the no choice dilemma. Yet the resolution is the same as for the congregation of a free style of worship. “Like it or leave.” What is the solution?
It seems that we have the wrong concept of worship – and its place. Where is the “best” place to worship? Is it here – or there? Is it perhaps across town – or in a cell group?
One would deduct that what is on the platform defines worship. The bottom line here is, not the church or the method of worship, but the place. Consider the following scriptural account:
In John’s gospel we read of Jesus’ encounter with a woman at a well. After His enlightening conversation with her about her circumstances, she says:
“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” (John 4:20) emphasis added.
Jesus makes this statement: “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. . . But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:21, 23).
Even today, people travel to Jerusalem, some hoping to have an experience of worship in the place where Jesus walked. There is nothing wrong with that desire. However, when we tap into the true spiritual perspective of which Jesus spoke, we will realize that the BEST place of worship is within our own spirits. Bob Sorge in Exploring Worship stated, “True worship is a matter of the heart”
Matthew 23 enlarges our understanding. The scribes and the Pharisees had a serious problem: “They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues” (verse 6, emphasis added). When we make the Lord Jesus our focus in worship – no matter where we are – that secret place within us will be our place of worship; and we will have found the best place of worship – for Jesus IS the BEST.