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.
I also love my own worship time at home. I love to listen to music and pray and praise the Lord. I love to spend time in His presence. I love taking walks and listening to worship music while enjoying the world He created. It is important to me to connect with the Father through whatever means I can. So today I’m sharing some ideas for your own worship time.
- 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. There are more than 100 verses in Psalms that refer to singing and music. Obviously, music is important to the Lord.
- 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. Delight the Father’s heart in prayer.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Listen to God and expect Him to speak to you through His word, the voice of the Spirit inside you, good Christian writing, or other believers.
- Worship through giving. Give your time, talents, and treasure. Give because He has given so much to you. Give because He loves you and you love Him. Just give. “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.For More On Giving See This Post
- 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. I have not been practicing it long but hope to report in the future about how God is using that simple question in my life. I have used it mostly with my family, which I think is a good training ground, but I pray for boldness to use it outside of my circle of comfort.
- 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.
- Worship daily, in the small parts of daily 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.
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.