“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” (Psalm 96:1-3)
I’ve been reading and thinking about worship a lot these last days. Worship is not only something that is close to my heart personally but it’s a vital part of every Christians life. So I want to share some personal thoughts about worship here on my blog, and this will be my first post on the subject.
Worship is a wonderful gift that we have been given by God. It is absolutely fantastic and wonderful to take some time in worship before our Lord and to soak in His presence. Worship-concerts and worship-meetings are also a great gift that many of us enjoy to come to. It is a gift to us from God, and also a gift from us to God. But, do we really know what we are doing when we worship God? Or do we enjoy it more just as any karaoke-party? Do we really know what is happening in the supernatural realm when we magnify our Lord on earth, or do we do it out of our normal Christian routine? I think that many times we come before Gods throne unaware of the greatness of His majesty, and the power behind wholehearted worship.
We are called to worship God
First of all I want to say that worship is not for a certain group of people gifted with the ability of singing or playing an instrument. Worship is a calling. God is seeking true worshippers as John 4:23-24 says, who worships Him in Spirit and in truth. He is looking for worshippers that are walking in step with the Holy Spirit. He wants men and women of God who have their hearts attuned to Gods heart and their thoughts attuned to His thoughts.
Every person is called to be a worshipper. You might think that worship is not “your thing” or “your talent”, but still you are created by God to be a worshipper. Worship is more than just musically or vocally talented people. It’s a lifestyle and a relationship with the almighty God, manifested in our words and deeds. God has created us from the beginning just to have a relationship with Him. It must be a pattern woven into the fabric of our being to that degree that we no longer have to strive to find time with God, because it is already the way of our life’s. It must be a decision that no longer has to be made, because it has already been made. In worship our soul finds purpose, because worship is our very first calling.
Many people put too much focus on the methods and the style of worship. But God is more concerned about the heart behind it. For Him it’s the hidden heart-condition behind the worship that matters. In the Old testament God was very particular about the offerings of His people. He wanted pure offerings, perfect animals without any physical errors. God wants pure sacrifices also today, but in a different way. Worship in spirit and in truth from a sincere and devoted heart is our perfect “sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15). Pure and wholehearted worship pleases our Lord.
So, set apart some time everyday to just praise and adore God because He is worth it, and then you will have the satisfaction of practicing your first calling.