The Lifestyle of a Worshiper
Hey, I’m back with a new post about one of my favourite topics ever – Worship! Worshiping God thorugh music is literally what kept my faith going when I was going through depression. Maybe I will write a post about it and share a little bit of my testimony as well. Anyways back to WORSHIP! I won’t pretend that I know all the ins and outs of worship, but the little God has shared with me is what I want to share with all of you.
What is Worship?
You could honestly write a book about worship, its definition and what it does. However, to put it simply ‘Worship is the life that we live in response to our revelation of who God is.’ It is so much more and deeper than the songs we sing. So, let’s break this down.
- Worship is a LIFESTYLE. It’s more than the one hour or 30 minutes Praise and Worship session we have in Church. We were created with the sole purpose to worship God. Revelations 4:11. You exist, have breath in your lungs, and are alive to worship God with everything you do. 1 Chronicles 16:29. The bible says let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalms 150:6. All of God’s creation testifies of His goodness in Worship. You don’t need to wait till Sunday or whenever your weekly service is to Worship God; you can worship Him whenever and wherever you are.
You worship God by obeying Him and His commandments, Matthew 22:36-40, the greatest commandments are to love God and His people. Jesus goes on to say that when we fulfil these commandments then all the laws of God are fulfilled. That means in those two commandments we have found our purpose – to love God and to love His people. We were created by Love, (for God is love 1 John 4:8), to love Him and His people and in John 14:15 Jesus says if we love Him keep His commandments. Therefore, obedience to God’s Word is the Worship which God seeks after. Through grace and obedience to God’s word, we can attain holiness and therefore live a Holy and acceptable life which as stated in Romans 12:1, is our reasonable worship. Doing the Father’s will is worship; you were created for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven. Whatever is pleasing in the sight of God is worship and that is why Worship must be your lifestyle. The life of a worshiper is the only life that can please God.
- Worship is a RESPONSE; it’s our response to who we know God to be. As cliché as this is, the bigger the test, the bigger the testimony. If you see someone living a completely sold-out life for Christ, don’t think they are crazy, they just know who they serve and their lifestyle is their response. When you know the God you serve and how great He is, serving Him with your mind, body and soul because easy, it becomes your natural reaction.
Worship shouldn’t be forced, and never fake. Worship is so personal; it’s an intimate relationship between you and your father. It’s you expressing your love and gratitude towards your father. So just because someone else is raising their hands and crying doesn’t mean you have to. Always remember your worship is YOUR worship; you don’t need to compare your worship or copy what anyone else’s is doing. God delights in the praises of His people, He delights in your worship so don’t play the comparison game because it will taint your worship before God. Psalms 149: 1-4.
Worship is your spirit’s natural response to God which is then manifested through your physical actions. You were created to worship; it’s in your DNA, you don’t need to force it. It should be natural and flow straight from your heart.
- …to our REVELATION of who God is. We need a revelation of who God is when we worship Him, otherwise, we won’t know who we are worshiping. In other words, we must Worship with a FOCUS!
Have you ever heard the saying, “if God is so loving then why does he allow bad things to happen.” Well here’s one answer, if you have never experienced darkness, you will never understand the value of light. Life and all the trails that we go through that is our darkness, and Jesus saving and healing us from it is our light. How could you worship God and call Him a way maker, if He has never made a way for you where there wasn’t one? How could you sing about Him being a promise keeper if there was never a promise you had to wait on Him for? You have to come to a breaking point, a place where your strength cannot carry you any longer before you understand the strength of our Father. If I didn’t go through the hard times I went through I wouldn’t be able to worship God the way that I do now. It was the trails I went through which helped me to understand who I serve. So, when I worship and sing I have my testimonies as my focus reminding me of who God is.
Worship only becomes real and transforms our hearts when we live what we sing when we have a revelation of who God is. I can worship God and call Him all His names; JEHOVAH JIER JEHOVAH SHALOM, SHEKINAH GLORY, and ABBA FATHER, because He has been those things to me. I can sing about it because I have a revelation of God as my provider, as my Prince of Peace, as the indwelling presence of God and my Father. Worship without a revelation isn’t worship, it’s a performance because without a revelation there’s no truth to what you are singing, and the bible says we must worship Him in TRUTH and in Spirit. John 4:21-24.
Stay Blessed x
Thanks so much….. Worship is a lifestyle for sure
This piece sums all that worship is. It’s very insightful God bless you. Would like to get books on worship to broaden my knowledge.
Thank you, God bless you too. I wish I could recommend a book, but I am yet to read one myself. If you have found any good books, I’d love for you to share them and leave it in the comments. Thank you