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Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite things EVER! Worship. Worship is the way we all connect closest with God. But have you ever thought of worship as more than a song on a Wednesday or a Sunday? Worship isn’t just through music; you can worship through prayer, listening to a sermon, or through missions. I know when I think “worship” my mind automatically goes to singing a song on Sunday or Wednesday either in the sanctuary at CBC or the Harbor. (Our youth room at Coosada). I also think of Newboys/Rush of Fools concerts, Disciple Now, EnFuego… places where I’ve really worshipped and felt a strong connection with God. For you, that may be a certain sermon, prayer, or a certain mission project you did once with your church.
Worship doesn’t have to be in a sanctuary. Worship doesn’t just happen in a Christian setting. Worship happens anywhere and everywhere. God can speak to you, yes, you personally, anytime, any place. If our God can do that, then why wouldn’t we want to worship Him openly all the time? When you start to feel God moving in you, do you refrain from expressing your worship towards Him? I know I do this. You don’t want people to think you’re “crazy” if you raise your hands during a song. You begin to think that people will you see you as a “show off” if you share your God-given talents with your church or youth group. If you post that bible verse on social media will your friends judge you and think you’re trying to be better than them? Those are all forms of worship and the thoughts in your head that are keeping you from sharing is simply the devil.
As Christians we’re called to live a lifestyle of worship. If you live a lifestyle of worship there’s no way that the devil can rob you of the joy and peace that that lifestyle brings you. If you’re living a lifestyle of worship then you will be at peace because if you’re living that lifestyle you will also be in a constant state of prayer. Colossians 3:15-16 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” All good things come from God and if you aren’t living in Him then how will you have peace, comfort, joy, patience, the willingness to forgive? The list can go on and on. You must always be worshiping God to have those things.
This past Sunday at Coosada, my youth group performed for the congregation through many different types of worship. The student choir sang songs, students played guitar, one student played the Doxology on the saxophone, students worshipped through dance, others through art, acting and sign language. It was so wonderful to see all of these different art forms become worship. It was truly eye opening for me on Sunday. I had never really thought that worship could be more than singing a song. Yes, a lot of worship is done through music and song, but there are many other ways like the ones that are listed above. I had never thought of how other people worshipped; I just thought about how I worshipped and for me, that is mostly through song or music. Everyone worships differently and if you don’t know “how you worship”, I encourage you to discover it.
Once you find what brings you closest to the feet of Jesus then you will have so much joy. When you experience that joy you will want to continue to worship in that way. The more you worship the King, the more He will bless you. God wants you to praise Him! He knows people may look at you a little funny. He knows it may be a little uncomfortable for you at first, but the bible doesn’t say “When you get comfortable, stay comfortable. That’s how you further the kingdom.” The Bible says to get up and move, worship Him, make disciples who make disciples! Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We as Christians have to be bold and worship God always. I’m not saying every week when you go to church you HAVE TO raise your hands when they play “O Come to the Altar”; I’m saying that if you feel led to do so, then do it. That’s the Holy Spirit telling you to express yourself. Many people do truly worship without raising their hands. They close their eyes or just sing their hearts out and that’s okay. That’s perfect. They’re worshipping how God has commanded them to. But… if you feel compelled to raise your hands during a song, share your talents with your church, lead a Sunday school class, say the prayer before supper, or whatever other form of worship that may come across your path DO IT! If Jesus walked up to you right now and told you to worship Him would you just stand there? If Jesus told you to raise your hands would you ignore Him? Of course not! You’d do exactly what He told you to do because He is your God!
So, when the Holy Spirit comes knocking on the door of your heart and you ignore Him that is the exact same thing as ignoring Jesus when you’re face to face with Him. The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ and God are the same thing. So if you ignore one, you’re ignoring all. I encourage you to pray for boldness and enthusiasm in your walk this week so you won’t feel ashamed or awkward when you express your love for God. That will only keep you back from fulfilling your purpose and calling as a Christian. Remember, if worshipping through music or song isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid to try something new. That is NOT the only way.
I hope you enjoyed what I had to say today! Please continue to pray for Bryanna and I as we continue in this journey together! Don’t forget to share the Word with everyone you meet. It’s so important and like I said last week, you have the most precious gift ever and if you don’t share it then what’s the point of being a Christian in the first place? I know that sounds harsh, but it’s the truth. I pray that you all will sit and meditate on this post as much as I have. Thank you so much for all of the support you give us through liking, sharing, and commenting on TGWAM!
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