Everyone worship the Lord.
Ascribe Him the glory due Him. Proclaim His majesty.
Be in awe before such power.
Come worship wonderful Yahweh, in all His holy beauty.
Give Him the honor due His name!
(Excerpts from Psalm 29, NIV & Passion Translation)
One of my highlights this year has been sitting with the Lord alone most days, praying without multitasking. In this time, I worship and adore God, confess my sins, thank Him for an incredible amount of blessings, and pour out my cares before Him, asking for His help.
I had no idea worship would become the part of my prayers I long for most.
I didn’t realize I would set out to give the Lord the honor due His name–yet I would receive so much blessing.
It’s not that I failed to worship the Lord before. It’s just that I didn’t take regular time away from other people–and other tasks–in order to worship Him alone. To worship without multitasking.
But what is worship, really? Worship is often more than sitting with God alone, in prayer and song.
Look up the definition of worship, and you’ll find a number of ideas. Some think worship is a service you attend, a feeling you have toward a deity, or homage paid to God or another sacred object.
Oxford Dictionary defines worship as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”
Paul, the apostle, offers another definition of worship in Romans 12:1-2,
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… (NIV)
True worship begins with a view of God’s mercy.
We have done nothing to deserve His kindness, yet He heaps it upon us.
His mercy includes His unending love for us, even while we were yet sinners, His grace and forgiveness, eternal life by faith, our reconciliation to God, the gift of the Holy Spirit, newness of life, peace, joy, hope, freedom, and even more than all of this.
Just try to remember God’s mercies toward you, without being moved to worship. It’s impossible!
So we worship God, by focusing on His mercies, by preaching the gospel to ourselves again and again, because we so easily forget who God is, the depths of His love for us, and all we have IN Him.
Paul urges us further, to offer our bodies, our whole selves, to God. This is our action step.
We present–or give over to God’s control–our bodies, including our heart and thoughts and attitudes. We do not follow the pattern of the world any longer, because as we offer ourselves to God, He cleans and changes and renews us.
This practice of viewing God’s mercies, of simply remembering who God is and telling Him, has surprised me this year. The more I worship God, the more I adore Him in my heart.
My whole life falls into clarity when I adore God and remember who He is, and who I am in light of Him.
My cares and concerns don’t disappear–but they fade behind the majesty of God.
So everyone, let’s worship the Lord. Let’s remember who He is, in all His holy beauty, and give Him the honor due His name.
Today I’m guest posting over at Purposeful Faith with Kelly & Friends. See this post there by clicking here.