The WordSmith | Published 2020/10/17


By Tom Kasprzak


In my last post I talk about giving to God what is in your hand as an act of worship. But what exactly is worship? 

A while back I attempted to hash it out in my journal. Worship is so much more than singing a few songs or hymns, more than just music or poetry, it's more than an intellectual exercise or an emotion.

In listening to my many podcasts I once heard a quote that I think summed up what worship is, quite well, though I think there is more to it.


Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of the conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose—all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable."
-- Archbishop William Temple



What is worship?

Is it a feeling?

Is worship a time of the day or week?

Is it the presence of the lord we seek?

Is it a song?

Or a prayer?

Is it thankfulness for Gods mercy, his love and care  

A daily choice?

A way of life?

Is it some or all of these above?

What is worship?

What's its form?

Is it something different from the norm?

Is it praise?

Or a phrase? 

A creed?

Or a tune?

Is it something thats done once or twice a week?

Or should it be the the constant presence of the lord we need to seek?

What is worship? I hear you say?

When we know that Jesus is the only way

Jesus came, died and rose from the grave 

In clouds of glory 

 We wait for his return

It's a joy that bubbles over

 A way of life

The central theme

Our identity...

It's infectious

Some may say rebellious

It's the Holy Spirit that lives in you and me

It's a fire

It's a flame

A beacon

Seen by all around 

Can't be quenched

Or put out

Often makes us jump and shout!!

It's a calling

A command

It's all we can do when at God throne we stand

It's a longing

A slice of heaven

Just a taste

This is worship

It's all of these things and so much more

Praising, singing, sharing, living

With the friend and King that we adore

On bended knees

In simple supplication

Longing for the glory of his throne

This is worship

So stand, lift your hands and shout amen if you agree!

Let's all praise our God together

And invite him in to live in you and me.


How would you describe worship? Think about it for a while. Maybe try writing a few words down on the page to describe how you feel or what you think worship is.

I would be keen to hear your thoughts.