No offense but I've been thinking a lot lately in the midst of this whole process about what Worship is and it isn't. Sometimes it is easy to get funny ideas about worship. There is a tendency to think that worship is something we "do" during the Sunday service at church, after all, isn't it often called the "WORSHIP" service??
But if worship is just a Sunday morning thing, the truth is that we are really missing the point about what WORSHIP REALLY IS. Worship is a choice-it's a personal choice to give God the glory and the praise that He is worthy of BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT HE IS WORTHY REGARDLESS OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR LIVES OR AROUND US. The truth is that this sounds great when we are happy and things are going "great" But what about when we feel they aren't going well or tragety strikes, or something breaks our hearts?
Is our RESPONSE still the same? Do we still CHOOSE TO WORSHIP GOD? Our true belief and understanding of God will come through when times get hard. We will know if it is just a HEAD THING--simply a base of knowledge that we have stored away some place and pull out when it is convenient, or if it is a HEART THING-and By that I mean a living and REAL relationship with the God who loves us where we KNOW with EVERY OUNCE of our being that NO MATTER WHAT HE LOVES US!!!!!! And the truth is that IF WE REALLY KNOW THAT TO THE DEPTHS OF OUR CORE, all of the sudden EVERYTHING IN LIFE, no matter if it is joy, pain, grief, sorrow, whatever it is, becomes an act of worship to God. Why?? BECAUSE IN IN ALL WE RECOGNIZE FROM THE DEPTHS OF OUR HEARTS that God is still God and we can WORSHIP HIM TRULY because WE ARE CERTAIN OF ONE UNCHANGEABLE THING-----THE DEPTHS OF HIS LOVE!!!!!!
WHEN WE UNDERSTAND HIS LOVE FOR US EVERYTHING CAN BE A CHOICE TO WORSHIP GOD--the joy the pain, the elation, the tears, the grief, the sorrow--it all mixes together and becomes an offering from our hearts to His----a sacrifice of worship to God and God alone.
It is a secret that Job, in the Bible, KNEW-----not simply in the sense of in his knowledge only, but RATHER from his heart. It was why he could respond the way that he did in the midst of all his trials and pain and suffering. HE UNDERSTOOD IN HIS HEART THAT GOD LOVED HIM--in Job 1:20-22 We see jobs act of IMMEDIATE WORSHIP TO GOD when He realizes that HE HAS JUST LITERALLY LOST EVERYTHING,(Except his health at this point and a nagging wife who is NOT VERY SUPPORTIVE) Job responds in this way: "At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing."
So what will YOUR CHOICE be today? What will My choice be??? I pray that Mine to the best of the ability as I am led by the Spirit of God would be WORSHIP----the day ahead is not going to be the easiest one for me----But GOD is already there---He has already taken the steps that I will walk today. AND NO MATTER WHAT---He is STILL WORTHY OF A HEART RESPONSE OF WORSHIP FROM ME!!! HE ALONE OS GOD AND THE DEPTHS OF HIS LOVE IS ENOUGH OF A REASON!!!!
I've said the same thing a few different ways here. I guess it is just how I process it. But I pray that the true point has come across and that you have stuck with me reading it even if it comes across slightly choppy or redundant. WHAT A WONDERFUL GOD WE SERVE!!!!!
GO WORSHIP GOD TODAY-----NO MATTER WHAT! CRY IF YOU HAVE TO OR WHATEVER----BUT WORSHIP GOD TRULY FROM YOUR HEART!!!!!!!!!!!! HE HAS NOT CHANGED AND IS STILL WORTHY!!!!!