Worship is entering into a never-ending, reciprocating, other-centered love relationship with God. I say “reciprocating” because it’s about mutual devotion. Relationally speaking, it’s like the intimacy of two lovers intertwined. It’s the freedom of a child jumping into his or her father’s loving arms.
Like any person, God doesn’t want to be flattered, He wants to be loved. He certainly deserves our praise, honor and reverence, but what He really wants is us, not some vociferation of sterile doctrinal statements put to a song.
What He wants is that we would receive His infinite affections and love Him in return. To live our life in His constant abiding embrace.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. (John 15:9)
23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me…for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:23-24)
So we join in this Eternal Dance of Divine Love, and our heart’s declaration is this:
10 I am my beloved’s,
And his desire is toward me. (Songs 7:10)
From this sacred place we are taught how to love. His heart full of joy and passion overflows to our thirsty hearts as we drink from His river of pleasure.
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. (Psalm 36:8)
His love is neither tame nor given from a distance. No, He storms our dungeon gates and tramples down the fear that imprisoned our hearts, igniting passion and sheer joy and abandonment we never knew possible before.
Sometimes, just the thought of these things make us blush like an adolescent in love. We can’t help it. We’re finally fully alive, fully free…every cell in our being is resonating and finding their purpose in Him.
There is no end to our affections because there is no end to His affections. The more we pour out our love, the more His love flows back into us.
As I’ve said before, our heart is like a faucet in the Ocean of God’s love. Our part is to open the valve and let His love in.
The more open we are, the more we receive. The more we receive, the more it flows back to Him. This is worship.
19 We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
Here’s a spontaneous song with Jenn Johnson and Jeremy Riddle that beautifully expresses what I’m talking about. There’s no end to the affections we have for God because there’s no end to the affections He has for us.
God, You’re teaching us how to love just like how You love us.