Living A Life of Worship
Let's Worship the LORD
What To Do When Trials Come
LIVING A LIFE OF WORSHIP
God created us to live a life of worship. Worship was never meant to just take place on a certain day or place. Nor was it ever meant to be orchestrated, contrived, nor artificial or unnatural in any way. Worship & Praise should be a part of our everyday life. Worship is not so much just about how one “feels.” It is demonstrating how we love, adore and appreciate God for who He is! True worship springs from a heart that is devoted to God. Yes, it is good to come together to worship the Lord as well.
We in our selves have no power. Via His indwelling Holy Spirit we access His power. Together if or when we are truly on one accord we can really “magnify” the Lord together! This really is why we come together to fellowship and worship. It is during this type of corporate or should I say community worship we can nurture an atmosphere that welcomes the infilling presence of His Holy Spirit! All can benefit when we sincerely invite the infilling presence of the Lord within, around us, and all about us. As we sincerely worship and praise Him, we lift HIM UP! Together this is or can also become a means or catalyst when His Spirit draws unbelievers…
Always keep in mind God knows if our praise is authentic or not. Quite often it is more important to impress others rather than to sincerely express oneself to God. It really is not how things appear. God knows our hearts and our true intentions! Quite often some, not all, settle for a surface superficial worship and relationship with the Lord. Some know how to “do church” but do not really realize that God wants us to daily walk in the Truth of His Word. Many have learned to “go to church,” then go right back to a quite worldly lifestyle. Please don’t get me wrong. You don’t have to have an unhappy, legalistic, rigid lifestyle in order to praise God. As believers it is very important to have an ever growing personal intimate up close and personal relationship with the Lord. “The JOY of the Lord is our strength .” We can have fun and enjoy the things in life… His joy is not contingent on our circumstances.
As we grow spiritually as His children, His purpose should become our purpose. (I must warn you, you will be misunderstood and persecuted when you choose to please God rather than man. ) On the other hand God will give you the “peace that surpasses the understanding of man.” Our positions in life can change at any time.
You do not have to become discouraged or dismayed in life when a trial comes your way. If, or when you do, begin to seek fulfillment in knowing who you are in Jesus Christ. He knows the path through whatever you are going through… I assure you if you begin to sincerely praise God right where you are regardless of what is going on in your life you will begin to feel and see things differently. It is important to keep in mind that only God is SOVEREIGN! Meaning He is Supreme and more than able, everything is under HIS CONTROL! God will give you, "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD." Isaiah 61 Keep in mind ALL of God’s promises are true!
We must sincerely make every effort to daily “walk in the Light” of God’s WORD. We are to let our lights shine in this world. The world in general is constantly moving away from the principles of God's world! Much of the world has entered God's Church. Pray for discernment! It only takes a little light to dispel darkness. As His children no matter how young or old we are we need a Savior! God allows everyone the freedom to choose. Jesus came to earth, adorned in a body of sinless flesh and lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and was buried. He is the RESURRECTION! He overcame death and overcome sin in the flesh for us to show us the WAY! Once we accept Him, then we are to “GO” forth living lives of worship and proclaiming the Gospel which is the “GOOD NEWS” of Jesus Christ to this world! You become like "a tree that is planted by the streams of water, which will yield fruit in its season..." PSALMS 1 God is worthy of our praise!
"Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forever more." !!! Psalm 113
The Fruit of HIS Spirit should also become increasingly evident in our daily lives as we grow spiritually. God delights in our praise! Spending time with God and meditating on His Word will help deepen your desire to give Him the Glory and “Authentic” worship He so richly deserves! Be encouraged “Consider it pure JOY, my brothers (sisters) whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your FAITH develops PERSEVERANCE! Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he (she) should ask GOD, who gives generously to ALL without finding fault, and it will be given …..” James 1
“Man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart.” To GOD be the GLORY!