Worship, What’s it all about?

Have you ever thought about what you need to do before worship? (5:1a) So, what are we to do in our lives that will help set us up for really great worship? Ecclesiastes 5:1a~Guard your steps when you go to the house of God…(ESV) This means we should come prepared to worship God and not be dull-minded or insensitive towards God. Soly says, guard, be prepared, ready in heart and mind. Ever just show up like you’re running late to the airport? Frazzled from the morning, had too many questions, and so much week that you were not ready to meet God for worship?

When we arrive at the house of God, we are to be ready to worship Him. Who knows what type of worshiper God is seeking? Listen to the answer Jesus gives us in John 4:23~The hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (ESV) 

God wants our worship to be in spirit and truth. Thus worship is more than music or words, it is something deeper within. We usually spend most of our time getting our bodies ready for worship matching clothes, quaffing hair, if we have any, and painting barns. Sure, you look as good as you can, on the outside. However, CJ says true worship is prepared in our hearts and spirits, with genuineness and sincerity, not hypocrisy. 

Today, ask yourself is there anything that impedes my worship of the Lord? Is there something in my lifestyle, my actions, or my words that block my open-hearted and unabashed worship of God? Perhaps there is someone who has wronged you and you have held on to the hurt. That area of unforgiveness will impede our worship of God. First, ask God to reveal anything and everything that may be hindering your worship. Then confess and ask for His help as you begin taking the necessary steps and making these much-needed changes. Remember God is our best resource for change. In Him we have strength, we find courage, and He can help supply the resolve we need to make these changes become part of who we are in Christ. I promise the Lord will be there every step of the way. Worship Him today.



The Missing Jewel

For many, worship is the missing jewel in a crown prepared by Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4~The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (NIV) Worship helps us fight the good fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:11) Our world seems to have developed a passive-aggressive way of living. That means we talk about someone or a situation without being direct. So social media is a perfect platform to attack or be attacked, only to say, What did I do? You guys are all smarter than saying and doing that.

As believers, there is a spiritual life worth fighting for, and if we want to get the most from worship then we are going to have to recognize the process of worship. Worship helps set the tone for our life and can shape the way we think about life and the circumstances all about us. It can change our perspective and shape our attitudes. Worship is a powerful weapon God has given to us and worship even spurs action from God. Take Joshua 6:2~Then the LORD said to Joshua, See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands…(NIV) Well how did that happen? 

Does anyone know God’s favorite number? I believe it is 7. The People of Israel marched around the city for 6 days. They did this worshiping the Lord. Then on day 7, they did it 7 times and 7 priests blew 7 trumpets. There is that famous number. As the trumpet sounded the army shouted. While God collapsed the wall. Joshua 6:27~So the LORD was with Joshua…(NIV) If we want to know that God is with us, then seek Him with praise. 2 Chronicles 15:2~…The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you…(NIV) 

Does anyone know God’s favorite number? Again, I believe it is 7. The People of Israel marched around the city for 6 days. They did this worshiping the Lord. Then on day 7, they did it 7 times and 7 priests blew 7 trumpets. There is that famous number. As the trumpet sounded the army shouted. While God collapsed the wall. Joshua 6:27~So the LORD was with Joshua…(NIV) To help fight against this we recognize and celebrate and allow people to connect through more than just static words. Obviously, if people got a lot from worship, they would attend every service. Thus the community of faith attempts to build relationships and to help people connect and grow in discipleship, outreach, fellowship, evangelism, and worship. And truly we are just simply taking a page from Soly the wise who shares with us the path of worship by providing us a framework for the needed steps to engage God and please Him in our Worship. 

Today, ask yourself what does my worship time look like? I would be willing to bet that there are days, weeks, or even prolonged times in our lives when is worship the missing jewel. Why not take time to just sit and worship the Lord. Perhaps there is a song in your heart and you can just begin singing it. Then, let this moment grow and become a time of worship. This is going to change your attitude and focus for the whole day and help you be filled with joy and peace.



Are you ready?

Did you know that the King is coming? (Zechariah 14:9) Understand that our world wants so desperately to change the story. They voted this week to pull a Roosevelt statue down in New York. If the beloved namesake of the all stuffed bears isn’t safe, nothing is. Our world wants to reject God as our creator, as the sustainer and Lord over all, but it is not Jesus who is causing all of the problems in our world. Nope, there’s another who has nothing to do with God causing problems. This is what Zech speaks of when Christ shall reign over all the earth, a literal reign as the King on the throne for 1000 years and it all takes place at the end of the age.

 

Zech says there will be one Lord, he speaks as the John the Revelator does in Revelation 17:14~They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. (ESV) War is coming. Many believers choose not to fight right now as our rights are silently being taken away. Hear me clearly, war is coming.

 

When Jesus returns it will be clear to those who have served other gods other kings or made other things lord of their lives 1 Corinthians 8:5-6 ~For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us, there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ…(NIV) All who believe in Jesus Christ look forward to the establishment of His rulership, of His Lordship, and we rejoice knowing Jesus Christ reigns in our lives.

 

Listen to Zech’s vision Zechariah 14:9~And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one. (ESV) Are you one with God? One with His bride? I didn’t say denomination, I said are you part of the Bride of Christ because failure to grasp our place in God will lead to judgment and not the reward of righteousness. 

 

So, let me ask you, are you ready for Jesus? If today was it for your life, are you ready to meet the Lord? One day every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. (Philippians 2:11) Before that great and glorious day, I want you to give your whole heart, and to live your whole life with God. Paul writes it this way in Romans 12:1~I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (JBP) As you head out into the wide world about you, saint of God, live a life of fidelity with God sharing the goodness about Jesus Christ with everyone you meet. Get active in your faith.