Made to Connect Through Worship

Last Sunday evening Janet and I ended up re-watching one of my favorite movies of all time! It came out in 2000. It was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It was the follow-up to his instant classic, The Sixth Sense. It’s a movie called Unbreakable. I highly recommend it!

A guy named David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, doesn’t know why he he wakes up every morning and there’s this little gnaw in his gut. It comes and goes throughout the day, but it never really leaves.

He’s married to a beautiful girl. He has a great kid. But every morning he gets up and goes off to a job where he just sort of blends in.  He goes through the motions. He collects a pay check, then goes home and lives with this inner ache that says, “You were made for more than this.”

Then one day he’s involved in a deadly train crash. He’s the sole survivor. In fact, he walks away without a scratch on him. It’s not really a surprise, because things like this have happened to David before. He just won’t admit it. He has learned to ignore it.

Then he receives a note from Elijah Price, brilliantly played by Samuel L. Jackson. David confides in Elijah that every morning he wakes up with this little bit of sadness in his soul. He had hoped that Elijah might help him understand why.

Eventually, Elijah looks at David and says, “…that little bit of sadness in the morning you spoke of.  I think I know what that is.  Perhaps you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing…

The movie is filled with incredible lines like that. At its core, it’s a movie about discovering your identity, about discovering and developing your purpose and what happens when we fail to live our identity and pursue our purpose and destiny. It’s a fascinating movie.

"Perhaps you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing…”  

Anybody here ever feel that ache in your soul?

Anybody ever wonder, “Is this all there is to life?

Anybody ever feel a gnawing hunger, a sense of divine discontentment, an intense longing for something more?

There’s a reason for it!

I believe the reason is because you were created for something more! You were CREATED TO CONNECT!

You were created to connect. We were never meant to do life alone. People thrive when they connect with God, with one another, and with their purpose and mission in life.

You were CREATED to CONNECT with GOD, with other PEOPLE and with a PURPOSE, calling or mission or that is bigger than you!  Without these CONNECTIONS, you’ll feel the way same way David Dunn felt.

Let’s focus on CONNECTING WITH GOD.

A big part of connecting with God involves something called WORSHIP!

Let’s look at Psalm 95:

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.” (Psalm 95:1-11 ESV)

This psalm is all about WORSHIP. It helps to answer one of the most important questions we can ask: “What is WORSHIP? I mean, really? What is it?”

The word WORSHIP comes from an Old English word that was roughly pronounced “WORTH – SHIP.” It meant to assign worth or assign value to something. It meant “to put a price tag on it.”

According to James McDonald, when you worship you are basically saying, “This one is WORTH MORE...” And you can’t really say, “This one is worth more,” without at least implying, “That is worth less...”

So, worship is placing value —ultimate value — on someone or something in a way that energizes and engages everything about you.

It’s not a question of whether you’re a worshiper or not. You are! Every single person on the planet is a worshiper.

Most of the time we don't “call” it worship. Sometimes we don’t even know it’s worship. We’re just going crazy with 75,000+ fans in a stadium or 10 people in a living room watching the Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers or Tennessee Volunteers and our “god” just happens to wear crimson and white, blue and orange, or orange and white.  That is worship!

In that moment, we are saying, “This is worth more... This is something I value...”

Human beings are worshipers.  We are going to give our affection, adoration and devotion to something or someone. We might channel it into hobbies like music, football, sports, weight lifting, quilting, video games, cooking or eating what somebody else cooks.

We might even channel it into a relationship with our spouse, or a relationship with our kids or a special group of friends.

But make no mistake about it, our GREATEST PASSION and DEEPEST DEVOTION was intended to be reserved for God and GOD ALONE.  

Nothing else works.

Worship is expressing our love and devotion to God.  Its responding to all that God is with all that we are.