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4 Reasons I Will Worship God

[Part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]

When I was growing up someone pointed out to me that when you look at the waves that it looks like the ocean is continually bowing in worship to God; the trees look as if they are stretched to the heavens, swaying in the breeze, in symbolic praise to God. I think that’s amazing! Many times over the years as I’ve observed God’s creation, I’ve remembered that and smiled. Have you ever read Psalm 148? All of creation is exhorted to praise the Lord! Angels and heavens, sun and moon, sea creatures and all deeps, fire and snow, mountains and trees, livestock and birds, kings and rulers, young and old… PRAISE THE LORD!

Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:5 ESV

Since God is my Creator, that exhortation includes me. The Lord is waiting on me to come to Him, instead of the other way around. He is ready to pour out His love, forgiveness, and refreshing. Sometimes the problem is that I am bombarded with worldly things. It’s humanly impossible to avoid. That’s why I need to set my heart to seek the Lord. King Rehoboam didn’t, and the outcome was that he did evil (2 Chronicles 12:14 ESV).

The Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon tells us that the word “set” in this verse means “to purpose seriously.”

King Jehoshaphat and Ezra, however, both seriously purposed to seek God and the result was completely different. Not only did their choice benefit themselves, but others. King Jehoshaphat destroyed the idols in the land, and Ezra taught the sovereign laws of God to Israel. As a result of their choice to set their heart on the Lord, others were drawn closer to God.

Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God. 2 Chronicles 19:3 ESV

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Ezra 7:10 ESV

My heart encapsulates my mind, will, and heart. Because it is the seat of my will, my choice is involved. I can choose to set my heart on the Lord, or not.

My prayer is, “Not my will but Yours be done!”

When I set my heart to seek the Lord, I will see God’s blessing stay with me. [twitter-24TWEET THIS]

Here are 4 biblical reasons I worship God:

1. I will obey God’s command, knowing He is jealous for my love.

(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God). Exodus 34:14 ESV

2. The Father is looking for me. 

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. John 4:23 ESV

Notice it doesn’t say He is looking for worship, but rather worshipers. He is always pursuing me! In my times of worship, I can love Him in return.

3. It is good, pleasant, and beautiful.

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. Psalm 147:1 NASB

4. It glorifies God.

When true thankfulness spills from my heart to God, whoever hears will identify God as the giver of those many gifts.

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me… Psalm 50:23a ESV

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Today we have been talking about why we worship. Let’s put this into action. You may want to use your journal as you go through this application section, and highlight the verses from this post in your Bible. My prayer for you is that God would meet you in this moment.

  • Read. The LORD looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God. Psalm 14:2 HCSB
  • Reflect. Have you been setting your heart to seek the Lord? What has been the result of that?
  • Pray. God, it blows me away that You are seeking me. I’m here, seeking You, too.
  • Praise. Offer thanks to God for as many blessings that come to mind.

In addition to the ones above, what are other reasons to worship God?

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Who Do We Worship | Devotional | Worshipping God | Who Christians Worship

Who Do We Worship?

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

Christian or not, everybody worships. History has been filled with different images or various forms such as mountains, trees, the sun, cows, crocodiles, bulls, blocks of stone, and more being worshipped. Today, there are numerous people worshipping what they believe to be a god, but are left still unfulfilled.

But if we are going to experience remarkable worship, we need to start with asking who the Bible instructs us to worship. Bear with me for a moment, even though this seems basic, because at times we have a counterfeit image of reality. First, I’m going to let the Bible speak for itself to establish a foundation.

Who are we instructed to worship?

God.

  • For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4 ESV
  •  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV
  •  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:8-10 ESV

Jesus.

  • And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Matthew 28:9 NASB
  • And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: Luke 24:52 ESV
  • Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9 – 11 ESV

Who do we actually worship? 

 

When we worship God we are completely fulfilled, but when we worship idols we are left empty. [TWEET THIS]

The idols of our lives are disguised as persons, places, and activities. We get hung up with adoring these other parts of our lives like a fly gets caught in a spider’s web. God knew we would do this, however, so He commanded us to worship Him. He started out the 10 Commandments by instructing us not to have any other god but Him (Ex. 20:3). Jesus told us the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with our all (Mt. 22:37-38).

God wants us to know that He is the only real God!

Not knowing who God is can be a hindrance to our worship. I encourage you to look up His attributes. Study His character. What He wears. When my eyes are opened to who He is, I feel stirred inside. I start to feel electrified and worship begins to pour out from deep inside.

God is love.

He is merciful and good.

He is powerful and faithful.

He is matchless in glory.

Holy, just, and pure.

Savior!

Healer!

Deliverer!

Redeemer!

(See? I can’t help it!)

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Today we have been talking about who we worship. Let’s put this into action. You may want to write the verses from this application section in your journal, and/or highlight them in your Bible. My prayer for you is that God would meet you in this moment.

  • Read. Isaiah 42:8 NASB I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.
  • Reflect. Look into your heart. Have you been worshipping anyone or anything other than Him?
  • Read. Psalm 95:3 ESV For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
  • Pray. Let God know you are making Him the only one you worship.
  • Worship. Praise your great King!

How have you experienced God lately?

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File Jan 08, 3 08 00 PMDo you feel like you don’t need to spend extra time teaching your kids about God because they go to church? The church is definitely there for your kids, but the teachers are there to reinforce what is (hopefully) being taught at home. Let’s follow the command of God to teach them at home (Duet. 11:19). I have created a printable kids version of the above with similar content. It’s free! Click below to download or print. Check out the other free Imparting Virtues lessons, too.

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Experiencing Remarkable Worship | Worshipping God | Devotional | How to worship God | Seeking God

Experiencing Remarkable Worship

A thunderous eruption from a multitude of voices added to the harmonious music coming from the band. It was preceded by the intercessors covering the service in authoritative prayer, making way for an atmosphere of worship.

We were experiencing the unseen, yet tangible, presence of God.

We become closer to the Lord through worship!

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3

He dwells among the praises of Israel, which can represent us. That means when we praise the Lord, He shows up!

When we are in His presence we hear His voice! We are made whole! We are refreshed!

From the dictionary, “worship” is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.

In the Old Testament, the Temple was the place God’s people came to worship. The inner room was called the Holy of Holies, and only the High Priest was permitted to enter. God’s presence rested in the Ark of the Covenant, which was placed in this inner sanctuary. The Holy of Holies was separated by the rest of the Temple by a curtain, which ripped in two when Jesus died on the cross (Mt. 27:50-51).

This occurrence signified that we now have complete admittance to God’s holy presence. God has promised us access to His throne of grace because of Jesus (Hebrews 4:14-16), and has exhorted us to boldly come.

What keeps us from coming boldly every time?

Is it because we have misconceptions?

The devil likes to lie to us and say that it has to be awhile since we sinned before we can go into God’s presence. We are not to believe the lie that we are not “worthy” to be in His presence because we have made mistakes! Yes, we are weak, but He makes us strong. We don’t have to avoid coming into His presence because we are not perfect. When we come, God sees you as righteousness in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

God wants to have an intimate relationship with us. We can’t be close to someone when we are keeping our distance. God says, “Come! I want to be with you. I desire to make you whole. I want to share life with you. My presence is good; come and see!”

When we begin to see how loving our God is toward us, it opens us up to experience His goodness and mercy.

Worship. What does that word mean to you? What could it mean? In this devotional series, I hope to inspire you to come boldly to Him because God wants to cause you to be refreshed in a season of worship that you’ve yet experienced. Over the next few weeks, let’s dive in to see what the Bible says about worship. 

Today’s post will act as a table of contents for the series. I will link back to this page as each post is published. God wants us to have profound revelation of basic truth during this series.

  1. Who Do We Worship?
  2. 4 Reasons I Will Worship God
  3. How Would You Analyze Your Seasons of Worship?
  4. When You Worship
  5. Worship: God Likes Noise and Demonstration
  6. Worship Where You Are
  7. 5 Steps to Thriving in Worship
  8. When God Feels Far Away While Worshipping

I’m excited about the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series, and hope you are, too! Will you take a minute to pass the word about it with someone?

BONUS: Some posts will have a printable Imparting Virtues lesson for kids with similar content available for free download.

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