Do you miss meeting together to worship the Lord? I do. When I first wrote about different ways to worship the Lord in February 2018, I was home with a cold on a Sunday morning. In light of current events – online church and COVID-19 quarantining – I think it’s worthwhile to revisit.
I love the worship time in church. Which is ironic, because I’m writing this Sunday morning, having skipped church today so I don’t spread my cold around! I miss it when I’m not there. I love the songs we sing, the prayer time, the passion in the congregation.
But I am so grateful that my worship is not limited to just when I can meet with other believers! I can, should, and do also worship the Lord at home.
- I worship Him through music – both listening to it and singing along. Even raising my hands at times!
- I worship Him through praise and thanksgiving.
- I worship Him by praying His Word back to Him and expecting great answers.
- I worship Him by spending time in His presence, listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.
- I worship Him by enjoying the world He created and glorifying Him for it.
Perhaps you also worship the Lord in these ways also. Or maybe, your personal worship feels a bit stale. Wherever you find yourself as you read these words, I pray you will find encouragement to spend time in the presence of God today, simply worshiping Him.
Worshipping the Lord is a personal and private activity as well as one we engage in with other believers. From this list, you may find new ways to worship the Lord. Or you may find that some of these suggestions don’t resonate with you. I encourage you to stretch yourself to worship in a new way. May you find a renewed awareness of God’s presence as you worship in unfamiliar ways.
And remember, this list is not exhaustive. Our God is a creative God and He loves for us to use the creativity He has gifted us with to worship Him.
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Worship through Music
So often we equate worship with music. But it isn’t the same thing; music is an avenue of worship, it can direct our hearts to the Lord. I believe the Lord created music just for this purpose. Job 38:7 says that the “morning stars [the angelic host] sang together” at the creation. Before God created the Earth and all that is in it, including humanity, he created the angels to worship with song. The Psalms include more than 100 references to singing and music. Obviously, music is important to the Lord.
Sing a new song to the Lord; let the whole earth sing to the Lord. Psalm 96:1
Worship through Prayer
Praying the Scriptures back to the Author is a powerful way to worship. Start with praying the Psalms. But even if you don’t pray the Scriptures, at least pray. God delights to hear our prayers (Psalm 66:19-20; Revelation 8:3, 4). He delights in answering them. He delights in blessing His children. Even when, or maybe especially when, it is hard to pray – pray. When praying is a sacrifice it is both worship and prayer.
To learn more about prayer, check out this post.
May my prayer be set before you as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering. Psalm 141:2
Worship through Praise and Thanksgiving
There are more than 250 verses in Scripture that speak of praise – almost 150 in Psalms alone! If you don’t think praise is important, check out Psalms 146 – 150. Praise means simply telling God how great He is – praise Him for His love, His forgiveness, His patience, His creation, His gifts, for anything and everything. Thanksgiving is similar. Instead of praising Him for who He is, we praise Him for what He has done for us personally. Got two eyes to see? Thank him. Got a roof over your head? Thank Him. Got food on the table? Thank Him. Thank Him in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
My soul, praise the Lord.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing to my God as long as I live.
Worship through Confession of Sin
Sin breaks the heart of our Father. He weeps to see His children making wrong choices, just as any loving parent would. But He has made a way of redemption. If you are a child of God, all you need to do is admit your sins to Him, ask for His cleansing, and commit to not sinning again. It doesn’t mean you won’t sin again – but that you are seriously committed to trying in the power of the Holy Spirit to not sin again. Need inspiration? Go to Psalm 51.
In [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8
Worship through the Word
You may have noticed in my posts that I tend to have a lot of Bible verses. That’s because I think what I have to say is secondary – like way down the list – to what God has to say! Spending time in the Word every day is a way of worshipping the Father. He gave us the Word and wants us to use it and love it (Psalm 119:97, 113, 163). Psalm 119 is a beautiful tribute to the Word. If you want to fall in love with the Word, spend a few days there. You could even spend an entire month – taking one 8-verse section per day and praying and praising through it.
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
They are more desirable than gold, yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Psalm 19:7, 10
Worship through Listening
If music, prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and confession are us speaking to God, then the Word and sitting in silence are the way He speaks to us. Silence is almost a lost art in our culture. Even while going for a walk, many people have earbuds in and are listening to a podcast or music. I’m guilty of this as well. But the truth is, God speaks in the still parts of your day and life. Learning to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) takes effort and intention. But the rewards are worth it. Listen to God and expect Him to speak to you through His Word and the voice of the Spirit inside you.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:3
Worship through Giving
When you worship through giving, you are saying to God, “All I have is Yours.” God does not need your money, but He wants your heart. He does not need your time or talent, but He invites you to partner with Him in sharing the gospel. Giving is worship because it is a privilege. The Lord does not need anything from His creation – but He blesses us with the opportunity. Why do we give? Because we are following the example of Jesus who gave “His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. Luke 6:38.God does not need your money, He wants your heart. Click To Tweet
Worship through Serving
Serve others, serve at the church, serve your family. Serve because Jesus came as a Servant (Matthew 20:28; John 12:26). One way to serve others is to ask them a simple question: “How may I help you?” This question first entered my life through The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson. It was explained more fully in You Were Born For This, also by Bruce Wilkinson. Another way to serve others is to read what the Bible says in all the “one another” passages and live them out (John 13:34; Romans 14:19; Galatians 6:1-2; James 5:16 – and more).
For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. Galatians 5:13
Worship through Nature
Worship the Father through spending time in His creation. The stones will cry out if we do not (Luke 19:40); let’s not be upstaged by rocks! Nature testifies to the spectacular, amazing creative powers of the Lord and His greatness and glory (Psalm 19:1-6). As you walk through a park, praise God for the cardinals and bluebirds, for the turning of the seasons, for the oxygen you breathe, and for the sun that shines in a blue sky. Let nature do its job and turn your eyes to the Lord.
The heavens declare the glory of God and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1
Worship in the Daily-ness of Life
God does not despise the small offerings we give Him (Mark 8:7; 12:42). So, in the daily-ness of life, worship God by being faithful in the small jobs He has given you: laundry, dishes, working, raising children, and paying bills. Faithfulness in small things results in larger opportunities to be faithful (Luke 16:10; 1 Corinthians 4:2). How? Praise God for children who make dirty clothes while doing the laundry. Thank God for a healthy family while fixing meals. Listen to God speak to you in the quiet of your commute as you turn off all outside noises. Sing worship songs to Him in your car. Ask Him to show you creative ways to worship Him throughout the day and He will.
Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! Lamentations 3:22-23
Worship should be a specific time in our day and our week that we set aside to spend with the Lord. But it should also be a lifestyle. A heart that turns to God throughout the day, in praise, in prayer, in service, is a heart that is daily worshipping the God who deserves all praise. To learn more about what worship is you can check out this post or this great article by J. Vernon McGee. He’s with the Lord now, but his words still ring true. For more ideas of daily worship, check out Deb’s post at Counting My Blessings.