One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 12:1-2 where the Apostle Paul wrote:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
This is a radically different sacrificial system that Paul is calling believers to than was practiced in his day. Why you ask? Because sacrifices never left the altar living! Being a sacrifice implied the requirement of dying. How fortunate we are for Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for us when he took our rightful punishment on himself to bring us into renewed and redeemed relationship to the Creator of the universe! New Testament believers turned the sacrificial system upside-down on its head because of their understanding that Christ defeated the powers (Col. 2:13-19) and has restored the temple to individual hearts, the priesthood to all believers, and renewed our minds to desire what he desires and to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
Music, praying, meditating on God’s word, and art are all ways to worship God and respond to his love and grace in our lives. I love worship music, but early on in my high school years I was taught by youth leaders and pastors about the value of doing everything we do as an act of worship. Let us do best to lead kids in our youth groups and churches to experience different sensory elements of worship so they can grow deeper in their worship times and experiencing God’s presence!