I have a passion for worship. God created me for worship leading through song. I never feel closer to the Lord than when I am singing my guts out to Him. My people know I have a song in my head from the moment I wake up until I close my eyes at night. Worship is more than just the music we sing corporately on Sunday morning. It is so much more than that and can be a major part of our Christian walk.
What is Worship?
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.” Paul is saying here that worship is more than just going to church and singing a few songs. God is the source of hope in my life. The Creator of the universe loved me from the beginning and saw fit to make a way for me. This knowledge alone compels me to follow Him and give Him my life. Offering our lives to Him is the proper response to a powerful, all-knowing God, and He deserves nothing less.
Corporately and Privately
Jesus knew the value of corporate and private worship. He was at the temple, he preached to large crowds, and he spent time alone with the Father. The early church followed the lead of Jesus. Acts 2:42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” There is nothing like voices being lifted together in praise to a holy God. Something special happens when God’s people pray and come together to hear His word. I have learned that corporate worship times are richer and deeper when I spend private time in scripture, prayer, and praise. Our private time with the Father make it possible to “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice”. There is no other way we will be prepared for the things this world is throwing our way. We need to spend time in corporate and private worship.
A Battle Tactic
Ephesians 6:12-13 reminds us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” I will be honest and say that the past year has been quite the battle. I have experienced some pretty low moments, but because of my time in worship I have experienced some sweet times with the Father. Using worship as a battle tactic has dramatically changed my life. I discovered in the midst of my deepest sorrows I could sing out to Him. Now, when I feel defeated, I praise Him. When I am afraid, I search through scripture for words of comfort.
We were created for worship. It only makes sense for us to turn to Him in our times of deepest need. What are ways that you worship and connect to God?