John 4:23-24 The Message (MSG)
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
My favorite time in my Sunday church service is worship. I am free to raise my hands in praise and experience the awe and wonder of God. As I pour my praises out before the alter, in one voice with my brothers and sisters, I can feel my soul being refreshed. There is nothing like coming together in unity, with one voice, singing “worthy Lord of ALL!”
I imagine the throne room of God being filled with praise and prayer like the colored smoke of incense raising up as He breathes them in. “Jesus, be glorified. Be enthroned upon the praises of a thousand generations. You are worthy, Lord of All!” It is in these moments that I can completely lose myself in His presence. I’m not stressing about the weekly list of to-dos or pretending that I have everything together. I am simply me. I crave this time of worship every day. I don’t think that our worship should be limited to an hour a day, once a week. By creating an atmosphere of worship in my home, I can open my heart up daily to the truth of God’s amazing and freeing love.
When I became a new believer, I had no idea of how to do this. The only worship music that I knew of was on Christian radio, but let’s be honest… who wants to listen to the same 10 commercialized songs over and over? After a strong conviction in my Christian infancy, I stopped listening to secular music. It took a long time (almost 10 years) to find worship music that truly was about Jesus. There were many bands that claimed to be “Christian music,” but very few that centered around glorifying God.
Every Monday, I will be posting new worship music that may help to get you connected to God through worship. Worship is such an important part of our relationship with Him. I hope that you will join me in seeking Him daily, praising His name, and making great the name of Jesus.
This week: “Be Enthroned” by Jeremy Riddle