I desire to be God’s hands and feet and I want the beauty and awe of Jesus Christ to shine through me during worship. I do not want people to see me when I worship, but instead to see him. My heart burst with pure joy each and every time I am able to sing praises to God. My Mom has always told me that I was basically born singing. At a very young age, I began singing and I have not stopped yet. Through many trials and tribulations, singing is my lighthouse, my saving grace in dark and troubling times. Music soothes my soul in so many wonderful ways. But worship is just so much more than that.
But besides how I feel during worship, what does it mean to have a “lifestyle” of worship?
Having a lifestyle of worship is when you decide that no matter what your current situation is, no matter what the doctor report says, no matter what others have said about; you will give praise and honor to God in spite of all of those things. Worship is authentic when you not only walk the walk during services, but you walk the walk throughout your daily life. Our thoughts must be consumed by the notion that God should receive our praise and worship in all things. The praise and worship given to him should be unending. You are in a constant state of worship when worship is a lifestyle. It is a heart thing really. It does require some work, but once you decide to have a lifestyle of worship, you will notice that it will naturally flow from church services into the upcoming week. It is just like making a lifestyle change in your diet. You can not expect to become a healthier you if you only eat healthy on Sundays and Wednesdays. It is the same with worship! You can not expect to grow closer to God and have a healthy spiritual relationship when you only give thanks through praise and worship two days a week. Nothing will initially change until you make a true “lifestyle” change.
PSALM 34 1-3 says:
I WILL PRAISE THE LORD AT ALL TIMES; HIS PRAISE WILL ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. I WILL BOAST IN THE LORD; THE HUMBLE WILL HEAR AND BE GLAD. PROCLAIM YAHWEH’S GREATNESS WITH ME; LET US EXALT HIS NAME TOGETHER.
You have to make the decision to praise God at “all times”. The verse above in Psalm gives you the very detail and explanation as to what a “lifestyle” of worship should be. Plain and simple, praise should always be on your lips. Worship is not based on your “feelings”. It is not if you feel like it that day and I know all too well that not every day is full of unicorns and rainbows, but we have to strive to put our feelings aside and give God the praise and worship that he deserves. Especially when we don’t feel like it. I promise you if you give him glory even when you do not feel like it, it will change your whole mood. He will wrap his loving arms around you like a warm heated blanket and give you the comfort that you need. God will take upon himself your burdens and give you rest. He does not want his children living in darkness, disappointment or despair! God wants all of us to live abundant lives full of joy!!
I want my life to portray the lifestyle of worship. The very essence of God surrounds me during worship. I can feel his very presence so strongly and it reminds of his goodness. God is worthy of my praise!! God deserves the glory and honor to be praised daily. I want to seek his face, for not one person knows what all God has done for me. I was created to worship and I long to give back thanks to my healer, my redeemer, my savior, my provider, and my heavenly father. I rejoice for I am so glad that he hasn’t given up on me! I am anointed & equipped only through him to fulfill his purposes for me.
Today is the day to make a “lifestyle” change. Just watch and see what God can and will do through you when you make worship a lifestyle…
Happy Monday Y’ALL!