You are a worshipper.Did you know that?We are all worshippers.
We are worshipping beings.We were created by God to worship God.We have this worshipping vacuum in our hearts and are always worshipping something.
So, what really is worship?Worship is declaring the worth of someone or something.It is essentially "worth-ship". Let's ask: "Who - or what - is my life declaring the worth of?"
Worship is first - and always - a heart state.Then what we do flows out from that - to live a life of worship.
A friend recently said something that the Lord keeps using to encourage me, "He wants my heart, so that all that flows out is worship to Him."Amen.That is exactly what I want in my life, don't you?
Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." Worship in the heart flows out in a life of worship.
Living a life in God's presence of lifting Him high in your heart, acknowledging and adoring Him for Who He is, and then living your life in a spirit of response to this.
Romans 12:1, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." We are called to worship Jesus not only with our hearts, or our lips, but with our very lives.
Worship begins with our hearts, flows into our lives, and propels our actions.
Worship is a way that glorifies Jesus by showing that He is valuable above all else.
I just love Psalm 27:4, "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."
When you are beholding Who He is, worship comes naturally and flows out in how you live your life. The Lord has used, and continually uses, worship of Him to change my life.
Worship makes me fall more in love with Jesus as I dwell on Who the One is Who is my God, Savior, Lord, dearest Friend, Love of my life, and greatest Treasure.This echoes in my life.
As I gaze upon Who my God is, worship Him for it - it changes the atmosphere of my heart and then how I live in the reality of Who He is.How do we actually worship?Here are a few thoughts: ~ Behold God for Who He Is in His Word - This is where we know Who our God truly is and can worship Him for Who He is.As you see Him, you know and love Him. ~ Lift Him up and declare His worth in your heart - This is where true worship begins and continues. ~ Allow that worship to spill out in every area of your life - your thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions.
Some practical ways to live worship out: ~ Read through His Word, stopping to worship Him when you see an attribute of Who He Is.For example, I read a verse that says, "The Lord is faithful..." (2 Thess. 3:3) and I lift my heart in worship and say, "Oh Lord, You are faithful! I worship You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that You are forever faithful to me." ~ Prayer - Taking what you know of God and offering it to Him in prayerful worship. I love worshipping Him both in my devotional time and also through the day and praying, "Lord, You are holy, perfect, pure..." and whatever I know of Who He is.I love writing out Who He is from His Word in a journal - and this can be a powerful tool to look at and use for worship. ~ Sometimes it is simply seeing a glimpse of Him as I walk through my day, raising my heart in adoration, and saying, "Jesus, You are amazing!" ~ Singing, or turning on worship music that lifts Jesus high (often singing along!) and allowing it to usher my heart into worship.This is so powerful as I go through the day in helping to keep my mind, heart, and eyes fixed on Who Jesus is and in a state of worship.This can be any time from in my personal devotional time with the Lord, to cooking (yes, you may catch me paused in front of the kitchen sink with my heart and hands raised in worship), to driving in the car - and everything in between. ~ Talking about His goodness, worshipping Him in prayer, and singing with others who love Him raises my heart to worship Him.
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Worship is not just a single activity, worship is a lifestyle.
I want to live a life that oozes worship of Jesus. I want every pore of my being to declare that Jesus is worthy of all praise. I want to inhale Jesus and exhale worship.
In my happiest moments, worship lifts my heart to Him; in the mundane tasks, it keeps my eyes on the supernatural; and in my deepest trials, it transforms my perspective and brings peace in light of all He is.
In every situation, worship says, "You are God.You are good.You are wise.All is for Your glory."It lifts my eyes from my circumstances to Who He is changes my perspective and transforms the atmosphere of my heart. I see all that He is, my heart is lifted above my situation to Jesus, and there is deep joy, peace, and security no matter the circumstance. "Lord, Yes, this may be my circumstance _____________, but THIS IS WHO YOU ARE ____________.You are infinitely greater, wiser, and stronger. I fix my eyes on You, lift You high for Who You are, and ask for Your grace to live in reality of this in a way that declares Your worth with every breath I take."
Jesus is matchless.He alone is worthy of our worship. Let's be worshippers of Jesus, friend.
This is what we were created for.
With every breath we breathe, let's set our eyes on Jesus, lift Him high in our hearts, and live lives of worship of the One Whose worth cannot be measured - until we step into eternity to worship Jesus forever!
Now, and for eternity, may our hearts and lives declare ~ "Jesus, You are worthy of all praise.We worship You."
What is one quality of Who God is that you are worshipping Him for today?Please tell us in the comment section below!