I was in a church service lately and someone said ‘let us be in the mood/mode (I’m not sure which one now) of worship’. (If you’re a Christian, I’m sure you can relate.)

And it suddenly hit me. Is worship supposed to be dependent or our mood or is it a mode that we go into at will?

Before Christ, Worshipping God was an elaborate outward affair that required certain rules and regulations. However, because of  Christ, the requirement of rules of worship was wiped away, thereby giving us uninterrupted worship access and time.

Someone might rightly ask me ‘What is Worship? defines worship as ‘reverent honour and homage paid to God’… If worship is giving God honour then what’s our mood or a mode got to do with it.?

My inquisitive mind wondered what God had to say to us in the New Testament about worship and the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 answered the question in my heart quite well. The Message bible puts it this way ‘But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.

23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.’[1]

Worship is a lifestyle! So where do we get the idea that we can conjure an attitude or mode/mood- whatever adjective we choose to use to qualify it- of worship and please God?

Worship has nothing to do with how you feel; the way the song/instruments sound or how well the voices harmonize. Worship is how much of God you include in your day to day life.

Worship is not a mood/mode or attitude. Where the church got that from, I do not know-maybe some relics of the Old Testament teachings.

You don’t zone in and out of the God desired kind of worship. You live it.

The mood of worship? No thanks! I’ll aim for a life of worship instead.


[1] John 4:21-24



  1. well…from d oxford dictionary i gathered that mode is ‘a way or manner in which something occurs or is experienced, expressed, or done’ while mood is a temporary state of mind or feeling. I won’t say mode is actually wrong cos worship can be done in different ways. Maybe the issue we may have may lie with some worship leaders that may use any of the words ignorantly (sometimes, we don’t kuku hear the one they choose to say).

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