What Is Worship?

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading


Worship Is Rejoicing

There’s a lot of logical content to our worship life. There are stories to be told, analyzed, and digested. There are doctrinal truths to be learned and applied. There are internal scriptural connections to be noted, prophecies fulfilled, Old Testament passages quoted in the New, and careful distinctions made. There is biblical geography to be studied; as well as linguistics, cultural, military, and political history.

But there is also emotional content to our worship life. There is also “Yee-ha!”

How can you not get excited about the thrilling triumph of good over evil, Christ over Satan? How can you not want to dance at the stupendous promise of the grand resurrection and reunion of believers? How can you not want to shout for joy to see the exciting progress of the Great Commission to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth? Think of it—a couple hundred believers have become a couple billion. Whoa! “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice” (1 Chronicles 16:10).

Rejoice indeed! Although there are solemn warnings in Scripture that we must heed, although there are terribly sad stories of human failure, and although we bring our own brokenness and weaknesses, the dominant emotion in our worship life is joy. The gospel triumphs over human sin. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Satan has lost. Jesus has won! Won big!

Say it with me—“Yee-ha!”

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