The Heart of Worship
When you think of worship, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
I used to think that worship was just listening to a Christian song and feeling good inside afterwards. As a mature Christian, I understand that worship is much deeper than that. The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes worship as [the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god: the act of worshipping God or a god]. According to John 4: 23-24; “The time is coming when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here today. You see, the Father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
True worship is surrendering everything to God. Well what does that mean? I’m glad you asked!
Surrendering everything means giving God your problems, all of your struggles, all of your addictions, all of your hurt, giving your heart to God and showing him gratitude for all that he has done for you. When things are great you worship, and when life knocks you down, you still give God the honor. Worship is a sign of gratitude and reverence for God. As it was stated by Max Lucado, the author of God’s Inspirational Promise Book, “Worship is the thank you that refuses to be silent.”
The book of Psalms is a great place to start when it comes to offering God our worship. Psalms is about praising and worshiping God, through the good bad and in between. Every chapter in the Book of Psalms is dedicated to worshipping God. I know you may not think that you can worship, perhaps you feel as though you have nothing to worship about and that’s okay. When I am challenged with a tough decision, I go to Psalms 121 which states “I lift my eyes to the hills; my help comes from the Lord. He who keeps you will not slumber. The Lord will keep you from all evil.”
There are other times when I go to Psalms 138, which reads, “I give thanks, O Lord! All the kings of the earth will praise you. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.” This is my go to Scripture when I know I need to worship God during a rough time, but do not have the words to say.
Sometimes worship is just saying thank you or I love you, with an honest heart. God knows the issues of your heart and he knows when you are down and do not have it in you to pray and worship, but he also sees when you do those things even when your emotions do not want you to. God understands that we are human, we will make mistakes and regardless of all of this, he loves us anyway. That is enough to worship God and thank him for his love!