I love the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” To me this adage conjures up the feeling that home is where I can express my emotions freely. Home is where our first love relationships are developed and nurtured. Despite our tough economy, we still go house hunting for the perfect home. For many, homeownership offers financial and emotional security. Today homeownership is still praised as a way to fulfill our dreams.
Yet our emotional connection to home was designed by God. On the sixth day God created man and placed him in a perfect paradise home – the Garden of Eden. Then on the seventh day God established worship (Gen. 2: 2-3). God spent intimate worship time with Adam and Eve in Eden. He walked in the garden in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8). Adam and Eve lived in God’s presence. It was only after they sinned that they went house hunting and then sadly were evicted.
Worship is a lifestyle that reflects our love relationship with God. To God, we can express our emotions. Each week we come together to worship in the Lord’s house, where he has promised to dwell with us (Ex.25:8). Worship is not the music that we play nor the songs that we sing. At times we are like Adam and Eve. We are tempted to go church house hunting in search of the music that suits our fancy. However, true worship is not about our preferred style of music. In true worship God reveals Himself, His purposes and His will to us, through a relationship with Jesus Christ. As worshipers, we respond to God in obedience, adoration, submission and humility (O-ASH). In worship we experience God so that He can transform our lives.
The Hebrew word for worship, “shachah,” means to depress, prostrate in homage to royalty, bow down. Moses asked to see God’s glory and worshiped Him after He passed by (Ex. 34:8). The Greek word for worship “proskuneo” means to kiss. Jesus used this word to describe worship in spirit and in truth to the Woman at the Well (John 4:24). Both words describe nearness and intimacy to God that doesn’t depend on any music! Worship depends on our desire to be in relationship with God. True worship allows us to fulfill God’s dream to give us a mansion bright and blessed. In true worship we stop house hunting and let the Holy Spirit make a home in our hearts.