Sunday, November 10, 2013

Worship–Experiencing the Presence of God

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“Since we are receiving a kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe.”
Hebrews 12:28 (NLT)

Worship was never intended to be an event
It was meant to be a lifestyle.
Many people think of worship as the music we enjoy on Sunday mornings. But it is so much more than that. Worship wasn’t intended to be put in a box  -  kept apart from all other areas of our life. Worship was meant to permeate every area. To be a part of us.
Worship is anything that brings pleasure to God.
Any time we break open the Word of God, we are worshiping Him. When we pray His Word, we are worshipping Him.

Worship helps us to pause in all of our busy – ness to experience God. Worship  helps us to “Be still and know that He is God.”

It is a lifestyle, not an event.

We worship God when we pray, when we give thanks to God for all He has done for us, through music and in acknowledging our struggles.  When we admit to God that we are unhappy or bitter as Naomi was in the book of Ruth  – that, too, is worship.  In expressing our true feelings to God – it turns into worship.

I have an old friend that lost her son the first week of November. He was a young adult and had not been ill so it was more than a shock. Each day, my friend continued to post something she was thankful for on face book. This is true worship. Being thankful and knowing God is there even when the hurt is so deep that  it’s hard to even acknowledge Him. – when our prayers become groaning's that are too deep for words – this is true worship.

When you go through a crisis, trust God to keep His promise. He will take care of you. When life gets tough – and yet you continue to trust Him, you worship him in the deepest way possible.

When your life is rocking along and all is well, worship  God. He is taking care of you and worship as a lifestyle in the good times help us to continue when life takes those unexpected turns. 

Worship was meant to be a lifestyle.

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