Sometimes, it’s easier to “do” church, to “do” worship then it is to really worship.
Ever been there?
I have been there before, thinking I was so “righteous” in my worship because I could state certain “Church-ese” phrases so eloquently. I have thought in the past that I was worshiping God because my manner was so “holy”. I have thought I was worshiping God because I was in a place that appeared to be worshipful.
The truth is worship is never about the outward. It’s not about the look or feel of a place. It’s not about the people in the place. It’s not about the appearance of the other worshipers — their sobriety or their demonstrative expressions of worship. Worship isn’t limited to a specific emotion. Worship isn’t limited to a place or a group of people.
Worship is about a Person. It’s about Jesus. It’s about God the Father who sacrificed His very Son to give us a tangible example of what love really is.
I Googled the definition of worship off Thesaurus.com. The following list includes other words that describe worship:
According to these other words, worship expresses a heart attitude (awe, love, veneration, adulation, adoration, glory, praise, etc…).
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
God is to be the object of our worship. Ultimately, He has the right to ask this of us as He is the One to Whom we owe our very lives, life, and eternity.
Atheists refuse to recognize that there is a Sovereign Power that holds this universe together. Yet, there is a “Force” keeping atoms from flying apart. There is a Force that started matter/life in the beginning.
Even our very breaths pay homage to our Creator. Here’s a quote from Jason Gray’s blog http://www.rabbitroom.com/2011/08/is-the-name-of-god-the-sound-of-our-breathing:
“…God’s name, YHWH, is comprised of aspirated consonants that, spoken, are the sound of breathing.”
So every time we breathe, our bodies literally say God’s name! Is this just “happenstance,” or is it not significant to know that the God who created us would put His very name within each breath we take to remind us that our lives are truly and literally dependent upon His life within us?
Worship occurs every time we place ourselves in full surrender to God and hand over the reigns of control to Him.
So often we want everything on our terms — even our so-called “worship”. We want to think God is limited to specific places, people, positions, practices, phrases, etc… The reality is God is worshiped among any and all who are surrendered to Him.
Every time, personal ambitions are put aside and we are surrendered to God’s working in and through our lives, God is worshiped.
Today, maybe you are feeling overwhelmed by the drudgery of your current affairs. Perhaps, life feels bitterly cruel to you today because of current trials you are experiencing. Perhaps, you are lonely or alone. Perhaps, you are living in a home with an unsaved spouse or unsaved parents and siblings. Perhaps, you are the only individual at your work who is saved or appears to be saved.
This is for you, my friend. No matter where you are, with whom you are, how you are feeling today, you have something to offer to God. You have yourself!
The gift God asks and wants more than anything else is You! Yes, You!
God doesn’t ask you to wait to come to Him or to wait to be used by Him until you are “all-beautified” or “perfected”. God wants us to come as we are to Him. God asks us to give ourselves to Him — just as we are.
Dear friends, He will take the rubbish. He will take the wounds. He will take the sickness. He will take the hurts. He will take the past. He will take us just as we are, and He will transform and redeem what we give to Him.
Yes, dear friends, this is grace! Jesus just wants you. It means though that you have to surrender to Him, offer yourself to Him, and stop trying to fix what you can’t fix.
It’s all about the holy act of surrender — that is the essence of worship.
Surrender to God, and allow yourself to be a gift of worship to Him, revealing the matchless grace and power of Jesus!
The glory is and always has been His all along.
He is the reason we live and breathe and hope!
“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”