During the past week God revealed so much to me about worship. I finished Job in my year long Bible plan (which was a challenge to say the least), sat in regular church services, and listened to Chad Veach and John Gray at our church's conference. The undertone for me was worship.
In an effort to collect my thoughts and remember the words that stood out to me the most from these past few days I'm posting thoughts, quotes, scriptures, and worship songs here.
Worship is not unique to Christians.
Everyone worships - it's not the act of worshipping that is important, but who we worship. (Brandon Woodward).
The Devil knows that truth and he wants to get in the way of us worshipping our Heavenly Father. That's why there are so many verses about praising Jesus
always (Philippians 4:4),
at all times (Psalm 34:1),
continually (Hebrews 13:15),
without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Worship is not about me but about Him.
Praising God is not dependent on where I am but on who He is. (Chad Veach).
"So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshipped" - Exodus 4:31.
The Israelites had not been delivered from their suffering at this point. God had not restored anything. He had not eased their pain. But they knew He saw them, they trusted He was compassionate towards them, and they held on to the promise from Moses that He would bring them out of their pain. That alone caused them to worship! It was not about what God had done but who He was.
"God knows it's [wisdom and understanding] way. And He knows it's place. For He looks to the ends of the Earth and sees everything under Heaven." - Job 28:23-24
He knows when the trial ends, what closure will look like, when relationships will be restored. He knows when this shall pass. And until then we worship because He is still God. He is still good. ***
Worship brings broken people close to a perfect Saviour.
Worship in spirit and truth. Not perfection. (John Gray).
How refreshing to be reminded that church is not a place for perfection but for messy people. That we don't life our hands to look good, but to surrender. That we don't sing to sound good, but to praise our Saviour.
We get to worship God. (John Gray).
Reading, praying, going to church, serving - these are things we get to do. Things we are free to do in America. Sometimes we forget that. I don't want worship to ever feel like a chore.
Worship makes who God is and all He has to offer available to me. We can worship God forever because He (and His grace) are inexhaustible. (Chad Veach).
Worshipping restores the joy of our salvation. Don't let that ever grow old. I've heard this said from multiple pastors in the past few weeks and I didn't understand why we needed to maintain that joy until now. Friends, worship is praising Jesus for saving us. For loving us. For taking care of us. Worship draws us near to Him and reveals the cracks where we can draw even closer. Worship keeps our joy alive, and if the joy of our salvation is alive and well then Satan has no room to stop you from running after the one thing that brings you joy: Jesus. (Gabe Almezola)
And in conclusion, worship makes us brave. Psalm 31:4 tells all who are helpless to take heart. I've heard this phrase many times in church but when I googled a definition this is what I found:
Take heart: receive courage or comfort / be confident and brave
***This post was written early last week, before God changed everything in my life. I am so grateful He place these words on my heart before I entered a season where I was faced with the challenge: "Will you still worship?" And friends, yes. Still I will worship. And so will you.