When You Worship

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[Part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]

Did you know God wants you to know Him better than you do now? Songs have been written to say “it’s all about You, God,” but God’s song is all about you (Zephaniah 3:17). Because He loves you and me that much.  When I consider that He created mankind with a free will to love Him in return I get excited.

He’s not like all the people on this Earth that have walked away from you over petty disagreements or impatience that you weren’t getting it right at the time (whatever the “it” was). He’s completely present in your life all the time.

He doesn’t give a time limit.

He doesn’t clock out at the end of a shift.

He doesn’t sleep.

He’s always desiring to be with you. He knows you through and through, but God wants you to know Him better.

You can know God better by coming to Him in prayer, worship, and studying His Word. Through these connections, your heart is open to receive from Him, and you come into a posture to hear His voice.

When can you come to God?

At any time. You probably already know that, but for this series on worship let’s see when you can specifically come to Him in worship. Notice the bolded words:

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 ESV

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 KJV

In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. Psalm 44:8 KJV

My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. Psalm 71:8 ESV

God has these verses in the Bible to say, Hey, I want you to come worship Me. Let Me be in your entire day, every day, for the rest of eternity.

The relationship between God and you…it’s an ongoing exchange…when you come to Him. Worship Him with all you do, and lift your voice in worship throughout your day. Not only that, be intentional, and set time apart to just spend time in worship. You know what’s going to happen? He’s going to show you His glory!

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” – C. S. Lewis

In the Old Testament, Joshua was a man who was mentioned as one that would not depart from the tent (Exodus 33:11). In the New Testament, a widow didn’t depart from the temple (Luke 2:37) because they both knew just how good it is to be in God’s presence! David understood this, too. He said “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4, ESV)

So what do I do now?

  • Read. My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:2 (ESV)
  • Reflect. What hinders your times of worship? In Psalm 69:30-31, David has been crying out to God. He has been up to his neck in trouble. He’s been dealing with sin, enemies, rejection, and bullies. (Can you relate?) But he says, despite all this, I will praise God! He knew this pleased God more than an animal sacrifice.
  • Pray. God, even when I’m disgruntled, thank You that You’re faithful to bring refreshing as I turn my focus back to You. I want to know you more intimately. Thank You that You never leave my presence; help me to never leave Yours.
  • Worship. The next 30 seconds are God’s. Go!

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How Would You Analyze Your Seasons of Worship?

[This is part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]

Although I wrote this several years ago, I want the content to be included in the series on worship I’m doing. Most of you haven’t seen it yet. I pray it’s helpful!

*linked with my favorite Friday linkup parties

KellyRBaker

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Recently, I had a worship song playing as I was winding down for the night. After I washed my face I dropped to my knees right there in my bathroom, the slow tears trickling down my cheek. It’s easy at times for me to go to that place of abandon. Other times I’m a brick wall.

Why?

A specific facet in my relationship with the Lord, the times of worship, have been a journey of various peaks and valleys, ebbs and flows.

Why are our times of worship different? Why isn’t our experience with God the same?

Because He is real. We have a relationship. If our experiences with Him never change, perhaps it’s because we have a form of godliness? God is the same (Hebrews 13:8), and we are the ones learning…growing…changing.

How could these moments of worship be described? I was pondering the variables the other day. Have you…

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