D ear friends, our worship series continues! Past week we talked about Worship is More Than a Song (several of you picked up right away to my reference to the song!) and Intimacy Through Worship. Today we’ll discuss a lifestyle of worship. And as excited as I am to share this with you, I am even more excited about reading your comments as you share how you worship Abba Father, Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit in your daily living.
I love this quote from Kris Vallotton:
“Praise is response to God’s character.”
As I’ve shared before, I start every morning with time with God. I love this part of my day and very much need this time with Him. One morning as I sat again on my porch and praising God for His creation, a hummingbird flew to the feeder. My praises went to Him for creating such a beautiful and intricate creature (I am totally smitten with hummingbirds!) as I gazed upon it and thought of the flowers that feed it as well. And Scripture even tells us that God's creation praises and worships Him.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. — Colossians 1:16-17
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. — Psalm 19:1-4
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. — Romans 8:19
Joanne shared this verse last week (thanks, Jo!). What more perfect way for the book of Psalms to end could there be?
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. — Psalm 150:6
God showed me that when a flower blooms, it is doing exactly what He designed it to do. And as this flower fulfills its design and purposes (beauty, pollination, food), it worships God. (Remember The Bush and the Tree?). Thus as we, His children, walk in relationship with Him and fulfill the purposes He has given us through His love, leadership, and spiritual gifts, we worship Him too.
- As we take care of our children and teach them about Jesus, we are worshiping Him.
- As we love our pre-believer and continue to pray and contend for their salvation as well as others we know who have yet to encounter the love of Jesus, we are worshiping him.
- As we reach out to a neighbor or stranger and offer help and prayers, we are worshiping him.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. — Psalms 37:23-24 NLT
- As we give thanks to God and live intentionally with an attitude of thankfulness even in our interactions with each other.
Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Ephesians 5:19-20
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT
- As we seek God’s presence, to believe Him more, trust Him more, know Him more, love Him more.
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” — John 6:29
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important:‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” — Matthew 22:36-40
A lifestyle of worship is about keeping our focus on God so that we attain a kingdom perspective. It’s a choice we make over and over and the more we do it, the better we get at staying in this place of worship.
Again, I think I could go on and on here and I’m sure I’ve left stuff out. My friends, share your heart here in the comments. What do you feel is your greatest gift of worship to God on a daily basis? I know I will be inspired by your comments!