|Posted on November 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM|
When we worship
Start right now and keep on going! It is always time to praise the Lord. Make every breath a hymn of worship.
(Psalms 34:1 “I will bless The Lord at all times; His praises shall continually be in my mouth.”
Salvation from sin is a gift of such tremendous value that it should draw unceasing thanks from our hearts to the Giver. If we were to bless the LORD at all times, it could hardly be too much. If His praise were to be continually on our lips, we couldn’t begin to exhaust the subject. No human tongue will ever be able to thank God adequately throughout all eternity.
John 4:23 tells us that God is seeking “worshippers” It does not say that He is looking for “worship.” Instead of using the word which refers to the action, Jesus used the word referring to the person. A worshipper does not just offer an occasional sacrifice of praise through Song. A true worshipper lives a life of worship in all that he or she says and does.
Well known Pastor Charles Stanley says this: “If our purpose in life is to glorify God (keep in mind that we have seven days per week and 24 hours per day or 168 hours per week) isn’t it ridiculous for us to think that God would be happy with one hour on Sunday morning? ‘All I have time for, 0 sovereign, right¬eous, omnipotent, omniscient omnipresent forgiving, eter¬nal God is one hour per week.”
The truth is that worship, if it is indeed our main purpose in life, Should permeate all that we do and say, Well-known theologian G. Campbell Morgan once said that the worship of the sanctuary is meaningless unless it is preceded by six days of Worship as a way of life. (The statement may be too hard) Nevertheless, we cannot live our lives any way that we want to for six days, and then come in to church on Sunday morning and expect to fully worship the Lord. It simply will not work.
Ronald Allen and Gordon Borror said that “The real factor in worship is a heart desire for God; the reason it fails to occur in the pew is because it fails to occur
in the daily routine of living.”
Ultimately, our Sunday morning experience of wor¬ship should be the culmination of six days of worship lived in our lives.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31), “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23), When we begin to understand these and similar passages in the Bible, we realize that all that we do should be worship unto God.
Romans 12:1 says that we are to offer our bodies “as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship,” Giving ourselves, wholly and completely unto the Lord is worship. It is a devotion of our whole selves to Christ. We crawl on that sacrificial altar every day and offer God our bodies, our thoughts, our sexual purity, our vocations, our friendships, our work, and each member of our family. We give God our futures, our finances, our worries and concerns, and our joys. We withhold nothing in our worship!
In Psalms 119:164, the psalmist says: “ Seven times a day I praise You for your righteousness rules.”
Since seven is the number of perfection or completeness, we understand the psalmist to mean that he praised the Lord continually and wholeheartedly for His righteous ordinances.
True worship begins by realizing that God seeks those who worship Him with all of who they are. It’s not just a Sunday morning activity.
Tom Kraeuter, in his book “Worship Is What”, describes worship as:
A way of life; A doing to others; A life spent with God.
Worship is not to be done only during church, but every time and every day. The Bible says in James 4:9, “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.” We need to be continually devoting ourselves.”
Worship is not an agenda item in the Sunday bulletin. Wor¬ship doesn’t end when the songs cadence.
We can worship even in difficulties. We can worship God in a financial crisis. It’s even possible to worship on a hospital bed. Even with everything having been lost, you can still worship God in view of His rich mercies toward you…and because of His sovereignty you can say, “Give me Jesus.”
What causes problems in our corporate worship on Sundays is a failure to worship God personally during the week. We can’t do corporately what we don’t do privately. We don’t have the daily attitude of self-denial but rather self-fulfillment, Sunday naturally becomes an extension of that mind-set.
I urge you to cultivate a life of private worship, then you will see the result whenever two or three are gathered to worship Christ our Lord.