Colossians 3:16 instructs believers, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Have you ever experienced true worship? Too often worship is associated with the gathering of a group of fellow believers on Sunday where we sing a few songs, listen to a sermon, and take up an offering: a worship service. But did you know that it is possible to attend church every Sunday and never really worship?
Worship is not a series of events; worship is a state of the heart. In Collossians 3:16, we are instructed that the message of Christ should “dwell among [us] richly.” Consider the word “dwell”; it means to live there permanently, not just visit once or twice a week during corporate worship. If Christ “dwells” or lives within our hearts, we live in a constant state of worship. That means that when we gather together for congregational worship, we should continue to show our gratitude to our Savior as we sing hymns, study scripture, and pray for each other. After all, the goal is for ALL people to belive and worship him!
Worship, like the joy of the Lord, remains in our hearts regardless of life’s circumstances. As believers and followers of Christ, we are to worship the Lord in our spirit, and one way of doing that is through the singing of “psalms, hymns, and songs.” For when Jesus lives in our hearts and we sing from our heart, we show Christ our gratitude…Yes, we worship!