12 Ways to Worship
Scripture to reflect upon: John 4:23-24 (The Message)
"Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship."
Lately I've had a lot of questions swimming around in my head, but instead of focusing on them I chose to worship God. When I chose to do that, God revealed His answers. In my pursuit of truth: 1. I worshiped; and 2. God answered. God doesn't make it complicated, we do!
When I'm at church on Sundays and the music is cranking and good, my hands are high in the sky, my eyes lifted towards the heaven, and there are times I cry out to God in praise. This isn't for show, because sometimes I'm nervous to actually show my affection and admiration in this way. My husband and his family are not used to that type of worship; in fact, it makes my father-in-law incredibly uncomfortable, so much so that he refuses to even be in the church during worship.
I also do these things in my private time with God. I sing, dance, lift my hands, shout for joy and bow down when no one else is with me but God. And when I do, I'm overwhelmed by His presence and absolute love for me. When I'm loving God through worship "engaged in my spirit" His love amazes me; I'm overcome with great joy and reverence.
How does God desire us to worship and/or praise Him?
* In pursuit of truth
* Engaged in our spirit
* Bowing down (Genesis 24)
* Loving Him with all your heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37)
* Through thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)
* Singing and dancing (Exodus 15:20)
* Clapping and shouting with joyful praises (Psalm 47:1)
* Kneeling before Him (Psalm 95:6)
* "With holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy" (1 Timothy 2:8)
* Through offerings (1 Chronicles 16:29)
* Living a good life (Deuteronomy 10:13)
* Living in His presence (Deuteronomy 12:12)
A few weeks ago at church some of the kids and one of the children's ministry leaders got up on stage and showed us how the children worship. We were then asked to do the same movements as the children. IT WAS SO FREEING! It felt so awesome to release all my inhibitions and concerns about what other people thought, and just praise God the way He deserves. I sang so loud and felt so happy, and boy did I enjoy myself!
NOTE TO SELF: Through praise and worship, heaven and earth will be moved for you! And quite honestly...God is WORTHY and DESERVING of your worship. "He's your praise! He's your God"(Deuteronomy 10:21).