Worship Where You Are

[Part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]

God desires our worship, but what about the location? In this post we explore what the Bible says about how to worship where you are.

When I was in my sophomore year of high school (I won’t say how long ago), I couldn’t turn a corner without finding Justin reliably at my elbow. (We have a 10 year history before we became hitched.) Although he was a senior, our classes were near enough that he was a dependable escort between each and every class…except one. My earth science class was too far away from the class he had at that simultaneous time slot so that was the one time of day I walked alone. One particular day I was about to step into the door of my earth science class and to my surprise he popped up at his usual place by my elbow. I said, “What are you doing here?” But what I thought was, You’re like God! 😉

God is omnipresent. He makes Himself so readily available to us. We don’t have to seek very long before we will find Him.

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8 ESV

That tells me that He wants me to connect with Him, and what better way to connect with Him than in worship? Why? Because He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).

Worship Locations in the Bible

In the Bible, God’s people worshipped Him in various places. Wherever they happened to be. When they were about to face the enemy, they set the praisers out front (2 Chronicles 20:1-26). When they defeated the enemy, they glorified God (Psalm 18:1). When Jesus was making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, they shouted hosanna and declared Him as King (Matthew 21:8-9).

Whenever Moses went into the tabernacle to seek God the people took notice. They stopped what they were doing and got into position (each stood in his tent door). When Moses went in, God descended in the cloud, and all the people worshipped right then and there. Exodus 33:7-11.

Does the Place Matter?

Coming together in God’s House or wherever His people are gathered is good. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to not forsake meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). Psalms reminds us to praise in the congregation.

I will praise You in the great congregation; I will exalt You among many people. Psalm 35:18 HCSB

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 ESV

David was anointed before he played for Saul (1Samuel 16:13). He played for Saul under this anointing and three things happened. Notice the bolded words:

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. 1Samuel 16:23 KJV

God anoints worship leaders, and when we are under that anointing we are also able to receive refreshing, healing, and deliverance.

On the other hand, where we worship God doesn’t matter. God wants you to experience His presence no matter where you are! Even if it’s simply in your heart.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19 KJV

God desires our worship, but what about the location? In this post we explore what the Bible says about how to worship where you are. 

So what do I do now?

  • Read. Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:23-24 ESV
  • Reflect. Think about it: God is omnipresent!
  • Pray. Thank You, God, that no matter where I go I can find You. Because of Jesus, I am made righteous and have free access into Your most holy place. Help me to realize that I can connect with You in worship anywhere.
  • Worship. One of the places we can worship God is in our heart (Colossians 3:16). So now with your heart (or with your mouth), lift up a heart of worship and honor your King right where you are!
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I thought it would be fun for you to tell me in the comments: 1)Where are you worshipping God now? In your car? At work? At home?

2)Where is your favorite place to worship God?

Don’t miss the other great posts in the Experiencing Remarkable Worship Series:
  1. Experiencing Remarkable Worship
  2. Who Do We Worship?
  3. 4 Reasons I Will Worship God
  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

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    1. I hope I can worship Him everywhere, too! Praying you stay nourished and thriving this week, Vickie!

  1. Dear Kelly: I have never been under so much stress. I am moving and God is ordaining my steps. He woke me up today early and started packing the bedroom drawers into boxes. I am feeling relieved and your message which I turned the computer to listen refreshed me. I know God want this move and I’ve never felt surprised on how he is helping me step by step. I worship while I pack. Thank you Kelly – keep on writing. Love, Gloria Kanala

    1. Sweet Gloria, I am so blessed that this was helpful to you! I pray that as you worship in every room while you pack that the stress would simply melt off of you! He is with you!

  2. Kelly, this reminds me of parts of Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place,
    Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
    Though the psalm suggests the physical temple, when I read it or pray it I imagine myself in His temple, with Him worshiping Him as my dwelling. Being with Him (as we all are always).
    My favorite place to worship is in song with our praise team at church. I am worshiping at my pc as I write this. Thank you for sharing and taking me back to Psalm 84, my place to dwell.

    1. I love that verse! It has explained how I have felt many times. Thanks for sharing your favorite place to worship. There’s no sound like the sound of your own worship team! It always feels like home, doesn’t it?

  3. Susan Sexton says:

    Lately, one of my times of worship has become my boys’ bedtime. As babies and toddlers, I always sang worship songs to them as they went to sleep. Now, they are calling down the hall at me, “Mommy, are you coming to sing to us?”. It is very precious. I’m amazed at the “oldie but goodie ” songs the Lord brings to my heart to sing to them. Hopefully, my kids will continue that heart of worship on their own.

    1. How sweet! This is wonderful because you are showing them what is normal. Thanks so much for sharing that. 🙂

  4. So grateful for God’s ever presence. I can’t imagine what life would like if He didn’t go before and behind us, ever protecting and providing. Another beautiful post on the worth in worship, Kelly!

    I’m re-launching my blog today, and I’d love to invite you to come by and celebrate God’s goodness. So glad to visit today from the #RaRalinkup.

    1. Hi, Tiffany! Congrats on The relaunch. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has done so before. 😉 I’ll need to hop over to look.

      Thank you for leaving a comment today. I am grateful that God is Omni-present, too. Praying you stay nourished and thriving this week!

  5. sherrylynnstahl says:

    My favourite place to worship God is in a large corporate gathering with anointed worship alongside others worshipping with me. I’m not sure if it’s just because I can’t sing very good and the loudness drowns out anyone from hearing me, but I just get pumped when I’m with a throng of people worshipping together. I love at home too when no one’s home and I can dance like a fool 🙂 Just like David.
    Another great post Kelly!

    1. Awesome! I saw you in my mind’s eye. 😉 Yes, there’s a different feel in corporate worship. I’ve never been able to explain just why, but I love it! Thanks for stopping by, friend!

      1. sherrylynnstahl says:

        Always a pleasure 🙂

  6. I love worshiping in my new house. It is one story and I can go in a circle thru all the rooms just worshiping God, singing praises to Jesus and being thankful to the Holy Spirit for Him being with me always and guiding me into all righteousness. I LOVE God’s worship teams that He has put together like at The Connection with you and Justin where you listen to His ideas of what to sing and when, and now here with my new friend, Chris. Lovely, just lovely. How lovely on the mountains (of WV) are the ones who bring good news… worship is bringing good news to our hearts. Father God knows that when we worship, we benefit from it as well as lifting His heart. I sometimes think of how exciting it is to imagine God looking down on me (all of us) and smiling at my worship or praise i give Him, and then, YAHOO! He sings over me. WOW. How marvelous is that? mmmmmm. what a Great God we serve…BUT… that kind of thinking makes me want to worship Him more. (hmmmmm isn’t that cool. He directed this from the beginning. We worship Him and we benefit) oh, He is SOOO good.

    1. Amen to that. It is a marvelous exchange. I enjoyed reading that, Carol. Thanks sweet friend. 🙂

  7. My favorite place to worship God is right in my living/dining room at the table. In the morning, I almost always listen to a worship song or two, to pray and worship before I read scripture. I’ve had personal revival times, right in here by myself. 🙂 At 6:00 a.m. 🙂

    1. I love this, Betsy, because I know exactly what you mean! I love the morning time alone with Him in the quiet and sense His nearness that is so sweet. Thanks so much for your comment. 😉

  8. Kristi Woods says:

    There’s such peace knowing He wants us and desires we worship Him wherever we are, isn’t there, Kelly? My favorite place to experience Him is often in the quiet of home. At home I’ve had encounters that forever changed me. He’s such a good God! Enjoy the visit via #thoughtprovokingThursday.

    1. Amen! It’s in His presence when we are changed. He is a good God! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment today, Kristi!

  9. Love the Biblical explanation Kelly : ) I’m worshiping from bed at the moment : P My favorite places….hmm….in the shower. On walks outside. In the car. Reading and getting so excited about the Lord’s Word that I make my husband join me!!

  10. I’m so grateful that we can worship God anywhere and everywhere! I’m worshiping him now in my living room. One of my favorite places to worship him is in bed, in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. But I also love to worship him on Sunday mornings with my church family.

    1. Oh wow, when you can’t sleep. That would definitely be a sacrifice of praise for me. Ha! That’s wonderful that that is one of your favorite places to worship. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment today, Lisa!

  11. My favorite place to worship is on my living room floor. Mostly my eyes are closed. But if I open them, I can see my husband worshiping too. But where you are is the best place to worship — wise words, Kelly. Thank you!

    1. It’s so sweet to pray and worship with your husband. Thanks for your comment, Crystal. So glad to see you here!

  12. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad says:

    Oh, YES! I can worship God anywhere. I’m thankful I don’t have to be in a certain place to do any worshiping of the Lord. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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