Monthly Archives: February 2013

The <3 of Worship

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Worship is much more than an outward expression, it’s an intimate time with your Creator. A time that should glorify Him, a time where you honor Him, a time where you clear your mind & a time where you are real & transparent. I am a musician & love nothing more than sitting at my piano, singing a love song to my King but… “worship” isn’t just playing or singing…it’s actually not about instruments at all ( although that is an act of worship). Worship is simply honoring & glorifying God with you life. So…what does that mean?!? The dictionary defines glorify as, “praise,honor, elevate, cause to seem more splendid, victory over the enemy, change & make different.” Such a beautiful word!! When I think of worship…I think of the beautiful simplicity of us bowing down to our Father & crying out to Him. I think of the chorus in Revelations:

Revelations 4:8,11

“Holy, Holy,Holy Lord God the Almighty, who was, who is & who is coming.”(4)

“Our Lord & God, You are worthy to receive glory & honor & power, because you have created ALL things & because of Your will they exist & were created.”(11)

Revelation 5:13

“Blessing & honor & glory & dominion to the One seated on the throne & to the Lamb, forever & ever.

These passages are so beautiful yet the words are simple & sincere. I can just imagine everyone using their “bodies” as instruments & laying down at the throne of our Creator, surrendering all to Him. Worship is about elevating our Heavenly Father and laying down our own agendas. Worship is about serving others before yourself. Worship is about glorifying our risen Savior–He’s ALIVE so we should rejoice in that! He is Emmanuel, the “with us God!” We are not alone! We are conquerors and have victory in Christ Jesus.

Glorification doesn’t “just happen” you have to make it happen, it’s an act of worship. When I close my eyes I can almost imagine what Heaven will be like…I imagine our Creator on the throne and all of His children kneeling before Him singing out, “Father we adore You, we worship You, You are my desire, I worship You”. Worship is an example of our relationship with Christ because when we truly worship, our love for God flows from our mouths and hearts.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” -Proverbs 4:23

This morning at church, Pastor Andy was speaking about crying out to God. He said something that stuck out to me. He said “when he’s crying out to God, he usually starts out crying but in the end is standing, raising his hands to our faithful God.” God’s presence fills the room when we cry out to Him and allow Him in our lives.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” -Matthew 7:7

God isn’t going to get mad at us for crying out to Him…trust me I have plenty of times and go away feeling more love than I went to Him with. I believe that crying out to Him is a form of worship. You are acknowledging that He is Lord and that you put your trust in Him with your concerns. He is a faithful God…may not always be on our time but He is faithful.

Worship is an intimate time…a sacred time. Our beauty is revealed during worship, as we are humble at the feet of the Lord. “It should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”1 Peter 3:4

Worship is a beautiful,beautiful connection between you & God. I want to challenege you to “sing/play off the page”. What I mean by that statement is, worship your Creator with your own song. Write Him a love song, pour out your praise to Him. I can’t imagine that we would want to send a “love letter” to a significant other that was just printed off the internet, written by someone else…no, you want to express your own feeling for that person. If you have a hard time coming up with your own words…just start by praying/singing scriptures. God will give you a song. He died for us to have eternal life…that is a reason to sing! He has done and will do many great things in your life. You must first, open yourself to Him and His faithfulness. I promise you, once you open your heart and life to a deeper commitment to Christ…your will never be the same.

xoxo,

Jess

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