This one is for the churched, and those with an interest in the things of God. I have been a “christian” since i was about 12, but was actually introduced to God as the Living God when i was about 14-15. And during my walk and growth with God, i have enjoyed times of intimate worship and times or nothing. Now I consider myself to be called to lead worship, so i should know a something about what i do. So here is a little wisdom from my walk with God.
So i wan’t you to think about what it’s like for you, during your churches worship time, or you own personal worship time. Do you find it boring and repetitive, refreshing and life-giving? Is it always the same?
Well first lets look at what worship is, and its purpose in the kingdom of God. Worship is not a song, nor you singing it. It does not start at church or finish after the last song. Worship is a life style, a life of entering into Gods kingdom, and walking out his plans. Worship is in your attitude towards others and towards God, and you usually know it when you have it and it’s usually pretty easy to see when you don’t.
From a life of worship, flows the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Now worship isn’t something to aim for, it is the natural response to a healthy relationship with The God Head (Father, Son & Holy Spirit). worship will manifests itself in many ways: singing, dancing, encouragement, joy, thanksgiving, art, etc, but you see it is not the act that is the worship, it is the attitude and posturing of the heart behind it.
1 Samuel 16:7 (New International Version)
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Now what do we do when we do not poses this attitude of worship? Why might we have lost it, or struggle to regain it?
For a time I used to think that worship was where I would wait for God to come to me and welcome me into His presents, like i deserved Him. Like because I have raised my hands and sung a few words, which some one else wrote to express their feeling, that i am worthy of His presents.
Well I was wrong, and thankfully by God grace, He taught me other wise. My error was being young in my relationship with Him and not quite understanding the dynamics of it. Again by God’s grace he allowed me into he presents for a time, and then i found myself doing the same things but no longer entering into worship.
This was because i was simply not entering his presents. To do this, i needed to address my understanding of worship and my relationship with God. At that point it was all about me, and it clearly was not. in fact my relationship with God has very little to do with me and everything to do with him.
I needed salvation, my strength is worthless to Him, i needed His strength, i needed the Holy Spirit… anyway, thats for another blog.
So how do we enter an attitude of worship. You see, there is a well know psalm:
A psalm. For giving thanks.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his [a] ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Entering into worship, allows us entering into God’s presents; verse 4 give us a key as to how: praise and thanks giving. Now we all no that sometimes you just don’t fell very thankful or like you could give praise. Well this is always a result of or stuff being in out heart that God does not desire; pride, unforgivness, selfish desires, doubt, etc… sin. Thank God for the Holy Spirit, how will show you what these things are if you listen to Him.
Next time you find yourself in this situation, take a moment to repent (change your thinking, mindset, to turn around in your thinking) and address your feelings and attitudes. Put on the garment of praise, and begin to thanks God for anything and everything, especial those people, who you may be harboring sin against. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your forgiving and thanking as He brings to mind your sin and comforts you in your repentance.
Don’t stop there tough, make this a habit, to continually be giving thanks, praise and repentance to God. This will allow worship to flow from your life, and others to be blessed, encouraged and filled with God through your life. This is all for the Glory of The Father, because he is looking for his Son on the earth, will he find Him in you?