What is “Worship” Part 4 : Who’s the leader?

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It wasn’t until recently that I really understood who was leading worship….

Hebrews 8:1-2
1The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.

So what is happening as we lift praises to God (whether in song, action, or prayer)? Jesus is not only the receiver of our worship, but he is the mediator of our worship (i.e Worship Leader).  He makes our worship acceptable to God through his sacrifice on the cross and by that sacrifice, grace was extended to us to worship by the new covenant (Hebrews 8: 11) what was done by our High Priest [Jesus] on the cross.

Hebrews 13:11-15

11The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.

We [I] often loose focus of what an amazing privilege it is to worship God through his grace. We [I] find ourselves looking to humans or even ourselves (as worship leaders)  to lead our worship, but when this responsibility is put into anyone else’s hands except Jesus, it becomes false worship, because we are relying on something other than the blood of Christ and what Jesus has offered (and currently is interceding for).

Worship, as Jesus leads it, is to bring glory and honor to God. Christ as both leader and object of our worship. He leads us in worship because we have nothing worthy to bring – he provided it all. Therefore, he is more so the object of our worship having first provided the sacrifice. Not for our own satisfaction, but because God deserves it. As we worship Jesus, and he leads us in worship and intercedes for us before a holy and righteous God we should focus more on following him into worship rather than searching for comfort in situations (when we apply Roman 12:1) — or in the “music” area of worship,  we must focus on God instead of  style, band, or ‘what I get’.

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One thought on “What is “Worship” Part 4 : Who’s the leader?

  1. So what about worship in the Old Testament? There were lots of public worship through song and prayer that were led by people (Moses, Solomon, David, etc.). I like what you have above but I also like the picture / analogy that God accepts my imperfect and tainted worship and loves it just like I love my kid’s poor attempt at art even though he drew on and scratched up the dining room table. I love it because I love my son and I know that he made that picture for me. To bless me and try and please me.

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