When you hear the term worship, what comes to mind? Do you think about your favorite worship song? How about the atmosphere of worship when your at church? When the band plays loud and all the congregations has their arms raised and hearts surrendered to the Lord? For a long time, that is what worship was to me. It was a time you set aside to sing songs of praise to the Lord, but it didn’t go much more beyond that. I am grateful that the Holy Spirit showed me what worship truly is; not just the songs we sing in church, but it is a daily lifestyle of obedience that is glorifying to the Lord.
Matthew 15:8-9 says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” Now, I want to explain why I included this verse into the blog today. It is something that I used to notice in my own life, as well as the lives of those around me. We would go to church, sings our worship songs, then go home and things would go right back to normal. When I was growing up, it was almost routine that after we got home from church, at least two people in the house would be arguing. Didn’t matter who, like clock-work, it was always someone. The worship felt amazing to sing and experience, but as soon as we left church, inevitably there would be arguing. The enemy saw our worship and fought to keep our eyes off the Lord. This heart issue is not new, this battle we face with the enemy is not something that is new to the world and Jesus knew that. He knew then that we would still struggle with this, and He gave us instruction on how to keep from doing these things.
I have since realized that worship is so much more than singing songs and raising hands in church. It is a real, genuine experience between us and the Lord and it needs to be revered in our hearts. Worship should be reflected and should shine from within you. I have learned that in order to truly worship Him and praise Him, we must value who He is and what He has done for us. We are reading in the book of Romans in church and we just recently went over Romans 12, which begins as “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Reading through this, the section “this is your true and proper worship” made me really start thinking about how I can worship the Lord, even when I am not at church. It is living and breathing and doing all things for the Lord. When we surrender our will, our desires and our life to the Lord, we live as a sacrifice to Him. When we share the good news of the gospel, that is worship. Being there for someone in need, showing forgiveness, loving your neighbor, praying for others… These are all forms of worship! But it is not just something done publicly, it is also the intimate time spent with the Lord; in prayer, in studying the Word, in communion with the Lord. Our actions and behavior are what worship is.
I want to remind you that God is all-satisfying, all-sufficient, and all-satisfactory. He is due the ultimate praise and glory, and ought to be the most valuable treasure in our hearts. Now, I do want to remind you all that when I say renewed, I mean completely transformed, from the inside out. Not conformed, which is a term I have heard used often. When you conform to something, we keep our existing self and add on the attributes of the other. When you transform, it completely changes the very make up of who we are. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2. When we submit to the Lord, He will completely transform us from the inside out, and your mind will be renewed and rejuvenated by the Holy Spirit.
One of my favorite verses is Matthew 5:16, which says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” All things that we do in our lives are being watched and observed. So when we are living for Christ, we are worshiping Him and giving Him glory without singing and raising hands in church. Everything we say and do is a direct reflection of our hearts and what we believe, cherish, and value. Dedicating our lives to Christ and making Him lord of our life allows Him to renew your heart and mind, and shapes them to be more holy. When our hearts and minds have been renewed, you will see a desire, cherish and treasure the things of the Lord. All of life is worship, and it is up to us to choose whether we worship God or something of the world.
Not just for the things You’ve done for me
And I will praise You all my days
Not just for the change You’ve made in me
I’ll praise you for You are holy, Lord
And I’ll lift my hands, but You are worthy of so much more
Lion of Judah, Rock of the Ages, Alpha, Omega
You’re worthy of all praise
More that these hands I’ll raise
I’ll live a life of praise
When I am weak
I will never be afraid for You are my rock and You protect me
But I’ll praise You for You are holy, Lord
And I’ll lift my hands, but You are worthy of so much more”
I would like to end today’s blog with some song lyrics that I believe are beautiful correlated to the topic of worship. I pray you all have a wonderful rest of your week and I hope that the Holy Spirit spoke to your hearts today. Believe me, He uses these blog posts to change and shape me to be more like Him too. I need these words as much as anyone else does, and knowing that we have fellowship with one another and that we are all doing this together brings me so much joy. I also want to ask you all what you think about have some blogs here and there that go over christian movies, books, and songs? I have recently watched an amazing movie and I am halfway done with an incredible faith-based book and I would love to share thoughts and opinions with you all. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about that type of blog post. Thank you all so much! God bless!