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Saturday morning I had an interesting talk with one of my best girlfriends, Stephanie, about the Praise factor. We are living in an age where Praise is no longer a sacrifice offering but an art. It almost appears that there are the dos and donts of Praise. You will lift up your hands (though you don’t know why), you will say Hallelujah (though you are texting while saying it), you will recite the same “talk” that every one else says (because it shows that you have the gift of tongues when you actually don’t ). Praise has become an art show and not a personal gift to God for his goodness.
I have had the privilege to attend services at numerous churches across many denominations. I have seen Praise in all formats. Yet, there is one thing that I realize that we, the people of God, have not yet perfected or even understand. WORSHIP. As a special breed of people set aside by God, we have failed to give Him the worship He deserves.
Our fast-paced, I-need-everything-to-happen-now attitude has filtered into our Worship. Everything else gets our very close attention, but God gets what’s left over. Some of us may set time apart in the morning as we should, but how rushed is it? When we meet someone that we truly want to befriend, we take the time to get to know everything about them (well, as much as we can..). Why is this not the same with God?
As our Father and friend, we should devote the time necessary to get to know Him. We CAN’T truly WORSHIP God if we don’t KNOW who he is. We all have an idea who he is but KNOWING him is a whole other ball game. It is when we know Him that we will be able to worship him. It is when we worship him in spirit and in truth that we will be able to offer him a true sacrifice of praise.
True worship doesn’t wait till Sunday/Saturday, it goes on all week. If you worship him daily, the praise team won’t have to coax you into worshipping him in service. If you have set apart time for him on a daily basis, you won’t have to be ramped up to bring forth your praise. As children of God who have been created in his image and redeemed from sin through Jesus Christ, we have a lot to worship him for. When I think about where I would have been if not for God’s grace, I can’t help but to bow down and worship him.
God is a good God. As a matter of fact, he is the ONLY God and he knows every grain of hair on your head. He watches over you and gives us the air we breathe. Let us worship him! Not only for what He has done, is doing or will do, but because of WHO HE IS. Remember, anyone can praise, but can you WORSHIP?
Think about it!
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his [a] ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. -Psalm 100
Thank you for being who you are which is everything to me. I apologize for my form of Godliness. Teach me to worship you in spirit and in truth….
While reading my new book – A Leader in the Making by Joyce Meyer – she spoke about Paul’s message to young Timothy who began to get discouraged with the ministry. She then made a statement that inspired today’s meditation.
If you are frustrated right now because of an unfulfilled call of God upon your life, I can tell you where you are: You are in the testing ground.
Sometimes you won’t feel like dealing with God’s people. They frustrate you. They annoy you. They are just ughhh…but you must remember that God is the reason you aren’t just like them. If it weren’t for God, you’d still be in your mess. We musn’t forget where we have been pulled from. Don’t forget that you are called to love everyone and bring them to the throne of God.
Don’t let your emotions, sentiments keep you from delivering the life changing message of Jesus Christ with anyone. How you feel shouldn’t affect how you serve God. How you minister to others. How you worship, etc. God doesn’t bless us based on how we feel or we would never be blessed.
Take an example from David who after God took the fruit of his adulterous relationship with Uriah’s wife, took of his clothes annointed himself and went into the temple and worshipped God. He didn’t dwell on the fact that his baby boy died. He praised and worshipped God even in his loss. This is why God calls him the man after His own heart.
So if you are feeling down, worthless, hurt, get up and praise God through the pain. Worship God because He is God and He will bring you through in His time.
God bless you!