Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
(Psalm 96:1-2 ESV)
To worship is to ascribe worth or adore. Scripture is clear that God’s people worship him and him alone. In his letter to the Romans the apostle Paul writes that failure to worship God is the root of all sin. (Romans 1:21) Worship is a verb; it’s something that God’s people do. Mankind is hard-wired to worship but the object of worship varies greatly among people groups and individuals. Our sinful nature and the work of the Enemy are on a mission to deceive us into worshiping anything or anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ. As children of God our sole purpose of existence is to worship and love him. Christians do not worship the Lord out of mindless devotion. They worship him because he is our Creator and Redeemer. Paul says it best when he considers everything else “rubbish.” (Philippians 3:8)
Art is the expression of human creative skill and imagination. It is the result of being created in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27) The Creator has gifted men and women the ability to be creative, and what better use of this creativity than for God’s glory? Just as scripture provides us with the imperative to worship God, a few passages describe specifically how the church can obey this command. In the book of Psalms there are more than 60 references to singing. This book also includes the playing of instruments and dancing. The arts are meant to engage all five senses. Worshipping the Lord through art is not restricted to audible forms such as song. Visual arts are another powerful form of corporate worship. God’s children strive to worship him with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.