It may surprise some of us that there are people who think that worship is for us instead of for God. Many also see or treat worship as entertainment (worship-tainment as some call it). Worship does benefit us, but it is something that we do for God. I was incredibly surprised myself to find that some seem to view worship as being for us. Worship isn’t about us, but is truly for God to show our gratitude toward God for all He has done for us and to glorify Him.
When worship involves singing or speaking, the words we are expressing to God must be felt and understood in our hearts and minds (often in our own personal way). Our words must be genuinely expressed to Him. If we don’t mean what we’re singing about, then we may not be worshiping God in truth or with the whole of our hearts and minds.
Worship is about so much more than the music of a Sunday church service. The way we live our lives as Christians is worship! Worshiping–living our lives in order to please God, delight in Him and glorify Him in all we do, be it via corporate worship in church, working at your 9-5 job, singing His praises in the car, or just by loving your family selflessly!
I think we must continue to educate other Christians about worship, that it is for God and not for ourselves. If others don’t understand what worship is or know its purpose, it may be that they’ve never truly known or understood worship, and I feel that those of us who understand worship should make the extra effort to explain it to those who may not ‘get it.’
We don’t worship for our own gain, though it can benefit us. It is for our Almighty Creator! Worship is our way of life in living for God and in a relationship with Him.