You only have one life. And you only have one life of worship. You have one brief opportunity in time to declare your allegiance, to unleash your affection, to exalt something or someone above all else. So, don’t waste your worship on some little god, squandering your birth right on idols made only with human imagination. Guard your worship. And carefully evaluate all potential takers. (Ps. Louie Giglio)
Who/what do you worship: You simply follow the trail of your TIME, your AFFECTION, your ENERGY, your MONEY, and your ALLEGIANCE. At the end of that trail you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whoever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship. (Ps Louie Giglio) Your breakthrough may be within reach, but the question is, have you harnessed the POWER of worship and are you sure of WHO you worship?
Maybe you need a reminder that the one true God is still on the throne. God is exactly who He said He is. He is the great Physician. He is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother, He is the one who calms storms and He is the King of Kings & the Lord of Lords. He is forever worthy to be praised. God doesn’t exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of Him. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s all about Him – you will be amazed at the miracle-working power that will manifest in your life if you worship, in spirit and in truth, the one true God.
We worship God because we need to, but chiefly and obviously because it is due to Him:
1. How else do you respond to a Being of blazing, blistering, unending holiness? You can only respond with adoration
2. And His power. He churns forces that launch meteors, orbit planets and ignite stars. Commanding petunias to blossom and songbirds to sing. Who are we to occupy a wonderful orb so shot through with wonder, without a second thought?
3. And tenderness? God has never taken His eyes off you, not for a millisecond. He’s always near. He lives to hear your heartbeat. He loves to hear your prayers. He’d die for your sin before he’d let you die in your sin, so He did.
4. Let’s not wait until the breakthrough comes to worship God. Let’s be a people who worship God because He is God — no matter the circumstance, the climate, the darkness. At the heart of worship is a heart that is captured by God. God is wanting you to be alive and on fire with the presence and provision of the Almighty in your life. And that’s not going to happen until we are willing to move into faith and trust, believing that the God who gave it all is worth it all!
Worship is always prompted by love –at church it shouldn’t be an act of obligation or habit but a community of people bringing worship to their King out of love in response to His love, grace & goodness. It happens once our hearts are captured by a true appreciation for the grace and glory of God. God has extended radical grace to us – not only grace to get us into heaven but grace to get us through every day living – Christ in me, the hope of glory (Col 1:27); I have come so that you can have life in abundance (John 10:10); And in return for this radical grace a captured heart wants to offer Him extravagant worship.
What do you do with such a Savior? Don’t you sing to Him? Celebrate Him in baptism? Elevate Him in Communion? Bow your knees, lower your head? Worship God! Applaud Him loud and often. For your sake, you need it. And for heaven’s sake, He deserves it!
Exactly what is worship? I like King David’s definition “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together” (Ps 34:3). Worship is the act of magnifying God. Enlarging our vision of Him. Religion has placed God in a convenient-sized box, a sweet- natured old friend – which He also is, but through worship we correct our perspective of who God really is – we acquire a BIG view of God. Don’t we have big problems, big worries, big questions? Of course we do. Hence, we need a big view of God. Worship offers that.
From another perspective, lets not forget that worship is a POWERFUL WEAPON against the enemy
When faced with worship the enemy must scatter. Let worship arise! Let God slay the giants! Let God defeat your enemies. Release the supernatural power of God as a triumphant shout of joy (Ps 149:6-7 “…God’s high & holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war! These warring weapons will bring vengeance on every opposing force and every resistant power….” – Passion Translation) Are you in a time of supernatural warfare? Lift your hands and begin to worship the Lord & let God attack & destroy your enemies.
Worship can break the chains that bind you and liberate you from whatever is imprisoning you. Increase the volume of your worship when the darkness closes in (Acts 16: Paul & Silas, beaten severely, in prison, midnight, singing praises to God…) –when you are down to nothing and everything has gone opposite to what you had hoped or planned, whom do you turn to other than to cry out to the God of heaven & earth. And as they were singing praises in the dark all the prisoners were listening but they weren’t the only ones, heaven was also listening because the walls started to shake and the chains started to break and the prison doors swung open and that night the jailer and his family got saved and baptized. Not because of extraordinary boldness but because of extravagant worship. What was the extravagant worship? It was sincere worship in the midst of hardship – it was a song in the night. A song in the day is good – I wouldn’t belittle that: if you get blessed, give God praise; if you get a miracle, give God praise; when you get something that you’ve been hoping & praying for, give God praise. But when darkness closes in & you cannot make sense of your circumstances but you’re clinging to your faith in Jesus, the one who gave 100% so that you could be alive – you praise Him, honour Him, proclaim Him in the midst – then you draw the attention of heaven and you move the heart of God AND you move the heart of the people around you – because the world expects Christians to praise God when all is well but the world is perplexed by Christians who praise God in the dark
Worship can make the walls come down. Your breakthrough and whatever you’re praying and believing for in your life is most likely contingent to you NOT GIVING UP on your belief that your worship can break down walls. I can only imagine how foolish it looked to see the Israelites walk around Jericho with the priests and the ark of the covenant. They walked a lap & went back to camp, returning for another lap the next day & so it carried on – by the fourth day they must’ve been heckled royally by the people on top of the walls of the city – the Israelites surely wanted to give up – there’s no point, nothing’s happening, it’s ridiculous. But there was a promise and they held on. See here’s the beauty and the power that is yours in worship: it’s not that we see God move and then we worship Him BUT we believe that WHEN we worship Him, God MOVES. Many times, we’re waiting to see how it plays out and then we plan to worship. God is saying: no, no, no, don’t stop worshiping, because as you’re worshiping that’s when it’s going to play out. We’re quick to turn to “why & where are you & what’s happening & I don’t understand, have you forgotten us & how long is this going to take, we thought you would’ve worked by now” and God is saying just hang in there in belief, confidence and faith AND DON’T STOP proclaiming my name into the storm, into the situation up against whatever the walls are – don’t stop proclaiming that you believe in a great God
I’m not offering a formula – not saying praise God in the face of whatever you’re facing and by this time next week you’re going to have your breakthrough. Just saying that there’s something powerful about living out the reality that all things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28); that if God is for me, who could be against me (Rom 8:31); that if God did not spare His own Son, will He not freely give us all things (Rom 8:32); who can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:38-39)? Knowing that I don’t have to see God and understand the way He works to believe God AND to know that He IS working. God is mobilised by heartfelt worship – I and countless others can testify to that, so next time when you’re down to nothing, requiring chains to be broken, burdens to be lifted, a breakthrough – why not make sure that God is still on the throne and then, reminiscent of His goodness and grace, lift up a mighty shout of praise and worship, with all of your heart, to the One who IS ABLE to bring the walls down, break the chains, set you free? What do you have to lose?
If you want to live a revolutionary life, exceed the norms and experience the supernatural, then let God shift your thinking and renew your mind to this one concept: that no matter what I see in the natural, God is working His plan; No matter what I can understand about the circumstance, God is doing something AMAZING, He is ALWAYS doing something good, something amazing, He is NEVER not doing anything and He is NEVER doing something bad and He is never doing something ordinary. God is ALWAYS at work, ALWAYS doing something amazing and always doing something for our good
So, who are you choosing to worship?
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