My hubby and I have had many conversations recently about worship. (Of course, over the Christmas break we traveled 1800+ miles, so there was LOTS of time to talk.) Our observation is that the majority of Christ followers just don’t truly know how to worship God anymore. Is it that we aren’t taught? Is it that we’ve simply forgotten due to lack of practice? Where has it gotten lost?
Worship goes beyond singing songs on Sunday morning. (For those who actually participate in that part of the services.) Shouldn’t worship be how we live our lives for God? I love this statement from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary’s definition of worship:
All true worshipers must worship God in “spirit and in truth.” That is, true worship takes place on the inside, in the heart or spirit of the worshiper (cf. Psalm 45:1 ; 103:1-2 ). Worship pleasing to God must be unfeigned and transparent, offered with a humble and pure heart ( Psalm 24:3-4 ; Isa 66:2).
That doesn’t sound so difficult, does it. Worship is simply our humble, heart-felt offerings to God. Worship can happen when we are alone or with our church family. Worship can happen while scrubbing the bathroom (crank up some praise music and offer Him your heart while doing that chore you despise) and during silent prayer in the middle of church. Your heart is where it begins!
When was the last time you were overwhelmed with the presence of God? I mean that speechless place where no words or songs or sounds you could utter seemed worthy enough for Him. But also that place when you knew that you were so wrapped in the Holy Spirit that you didn’t need to make a sound, and you simply lifted your heart and hands to the Father to offer Him your purest worship.
Oh, my sisters, that is a place I want to live!! No, it doesn’t happen every day, but when it does…my heart cries out to my Abba Father, the joy of the Lord fills every inch of my being, and I offer Him the best of what I have to give…as unworthy as that may truly be.
Just offer ALL of yourself to Him. Humble yourself & let Him lead you. Pray that He will guide your worship. Pray that He will free you to worship, if that needs to be your prayer. And simply worship Him in spirit and truth!