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Oswald Chambers once wrote: "Worship is giving God the best that he has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to him in a deliberate act of worship" (My Utmost for His Highest).
Worship is more than a response to God's goodness or a celebration of his gifts-it is also a choice. When we choose to worship God, we deliberately humble ourselves in his presence and kneel in awe of who he is, what he has done, and what he continues to do. In all sincerity, we may believe that we recognize that God is eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, completely holy, and full of perfect love. But until we learn the discipline of worship, we do not come to know God as we ought to know him. Worship brings us face to face with Glory. Only in worship can we say with David:
"You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
Through worship we come to fully appreciate what God has done for us, and are overwhelmed by his marvelous character. He is the almighty God, creator of all things, ruler of the universe who descended from heaven in deliberate vulnerability. In Jesus, he gave the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we could know him and be with him without fear of judgment.
True worship means recognizing our humble standing in relationship to God, and allowing his mercy and grace to lift us to a place of honor as sons and daughters. It's from that unfathomable blessing of salvation thatour song of praise springs forth. And as we worship, freely and with abandon, we are changed. We become like him.
Worshipmania is a collection of creative, unique, and inspiring worship activities for younger teenagers. These worship ideas include traditional forms of worship as well as tons of new, innovative ideas for worship. And all the ideas will help draw your students toward a deeper communion with God.
Each worship experience is based on a specific Scripture passage and theme. The ideas are versatile and easy to lead. You can use a worship idea at the beginning of a meeting on a specific Scripture passage, during a meeting on a biblical theme, or by itself in place of a regular youth meeting. You may also want to allow your students to lead the entire congregation in worship. Refer to the indexes in the back of the book (pp. 122-126) to find the worship ideas you need.
These worship experiences are designed to help you get your students excited about worship. The variety of fresh ideas will help them think and talk about what it means to worship and teach them important truths from the Bible. Most of all, these ideas will lead them to life-changing encounters with the love, majesty, and person of God.