“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)
What is worship? It is something Christians do every week, but could you explain it if you had to? What would you say to someone who does not know what worship is? God alone is deserving of worship but throughout Scripture other objects, and people are worshiped. Worship involves giving yourself to something. You devote yourself to it. You give your time, money, adoration, and energy to it. You align yourself with what you worship and begin to take on the qualities and characteristics of the object of your devotion. This could be any number of things. It could be a career, nation, team, hobby, etc.
Worship is something all people do, regardless if they know it or not. It should be easy to identify what a person worships by looking at their life. What do they talk about? What do they spend time doing? Where do they give their money? Does a person resemble their favorite sports team? Does a person resemble their favorite political campaign? Does a person resemble Jesus?
“To adore…That means to lose oneself in the unfathomable, to plunge into the inexhaustible, to find peace in the incorruptible, to be absorbed in defined immensity, to offer oneself to the fire and the transparency, to annihilate oneself in proportion as one becomes more deliberately conscious of oneself, and to give of one’s deepest to that whose depth has no end.” – Teilhard de Chardin
The quote above is profound. I have read it multiple times. I have meditated on what it means, and I believe it is a marvelous description of Christian worship. Replace the word “adore” with worship. One of the significant differences between Christian worship and idolatry is that we give ourself to something beyond ourself. Idolatry is tempting because we can understand it and often manipulate it, but we cannot put God into a box. We cannot manipulate him. He is beyond us, and this is exactly why he deserves our worship.