Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Noun, Verb , or Adjective

I don't really like grammar.  I don't completely understand or care whether something is a phrase or clause, and why do I need to know how to diagram a sentence?  Whether you love grammar or absolutely hate it, I think we all have a basic understanding of nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea - pretty easy, right?  Adjectives are used to describe a noun, and verbs can either show action or link the subject to another part of the sentence.  Did I lose you with that one?  For the point of this lesson, I'm just going to stick with action verbs - words that show movement or action.

Is worship a noun, verb or adjective?

Often times we use the word worship as an adjective.  We have worship teams, worship songs, worship bands, and worship services.  But is worship supposed to be reserved just for certain songs, teams or services?

Other times we use worship as a noun, "Did you go to worship this morning?"   Is this what it means to worship - to go to a certain place?

God never intended worship to be used to describing something, or reduced to a church service.  Worship should be a verb; it's what we do and how we live.  We don't have to listen to certain types of music or go to a specific place.  God desires that our worship be a natural outpouring of thankfulness to His love, grace, and mercy.  Everything we do is worship when done as unto the Lord.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  Romans 12:1

When we know that we can't but He can, and we depend fully on Him, we worship. 

Will you worship Him today?

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  1. "Worship should be a verb; it's what we do and how we live." Amen!

  2. Amen, worship is absolutely a verb... it's the action of our hearts. Awesome!

  3. Oh Lisa, I so agree! It should be a verb, yes! This should be taught more and more. Thanks for writing it!

  4. Amen Lisa, worship is definitely a verb, it is what we do and how we live and desribes our heart.

    Blessings to you.

  5. Yes, I agree. Worship is a verb. To live in continual worship is my prayer!

    Blessings to you today...Chelle

  6. Amen to that! I'll be thinking about this one for a while...

  7. Worship is what we were created to do. It's how we glorify God and it can take any form we choose. Thanks for this awesome reminder that I should do more of it. He is worthy of every ounce that I can give him.

  8. Congrats Lindsay! :)

    The word worship has been on my heart this week. What is worship? It is not music. It is a way of life. I want to live a life of pure worship.

  9. Thanks, I am feeling better (still have the cough though, lol!)

    It sometimes amazes me how people get so vocal about worship, i.e. telling the worship leader what songs to sing, what songs they don't like, what clothes or colors they should wear, how many hymns they should or shouldn't have, or "I didn't like that video clip you played today" or "I looked around and only a few people were clapping so I don't think most people enjoyed that song."

    It's like, really? We should come to church with a heart prepared for worship. As you said, it's not just a Sunday thing. It's an every day thing in response to our amazing God.

    We can worship Him no matter what song we're singing, no matter if people on the worship team are wearing colors that clash, no matter if it's the same song we sang last week, etc.


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