After spending two days at the Worship Arts Conference, I have been reflecting on the nature and contents of true, God-honoring, Christ-exalting, Spirit-filled worship. I went back to my notes from a worship class I had in seminary taught by Dr. Bruce Leafblad. We called him “Thor, the god of Worship.” He had this amazing, dominating voice, and could speak on any topic concerning worship for hours.
He defined worship as…
Communion with God in which believers, by grace, center their mind’s attention and their heart’s affections on the LORD, humbly glorifying God in response to His greatness and His Word. •- Bruce Leafblad
He went on to explain worship as an interactive, two-part, give and take between God and the believer. He used Isaiah 6 to explain that pattern of communion.
Isaiah 6 Pattern of Worship:
1. Revelation – The Recognition of God
2. Adoration – The Praise of God
3. Confession – The Repentance of the Believer
4. Expiation – The Forgiveness of God
5. Proclamation – The Word of God
6. Dedication – The Response of the Believer
7. Supplication – The Prayer of the Believer
8. Commission – The Sending Out by God
What depths and diversity of worship experience? I have been asking myself, “Are all of these elements in the worship experiences I lead and plan?” Do I help churches and other worship leaders explore each and every one of these worship expressions? Hardly so. I am doing good to get in 4 of the 8.
It sure makes a 60 minute service look pretty short.