Worshipping in spirit isn’t as weird as it sounds


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I love people who love to worship God. Do you have people like that in your life? If you don’t, you should find some. They always help you see life more clearly.

I used to associate worship with raised hands and eloquent prayers and fiery speeches, and it used to really discourage me. Because I wasn’t really capable of any of that.

And maybe it’s a character flaw, because I have so much to be thankful for. Shouldn’t I feel like singing all the time? Shouldn’t I just turn loose and shout at the heavens how awesome God is?

Well, I could. God has certainly given me more than enough reasons over the years to do that. And if that were my personality, I would. I know people who do, and I love them for it. But I’m really a demonstrative person. I don’t like attention. I don’t like standing out.

That being said, everything I say and do (I hope) brings glory to the Lord. He gets the credit for the good things in my life. I acknowledge Him as the reason why I do the things I do, why I live the way I live, why I have the priorities I have. And what I’ve learned over the many years of following the Lord is that while it’s important to praise God in the loud moments, it’s just as important to praise Him in the quiet ones too.

Worship is a term that scares people sometimes because it just feels like such a religious thing.

Worship is a term that scares people sometimes because it just feels like such a religious thing. But there’s nothing creepy or weird about worship (at least, there shouldn’t be). Worship is just expressing someone else’s worth through your actions or words.

We learn in John 4:24, “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” Worship is an attitude. It’s more than something you say or do. It’s how you live. It’s what you think about. It’s the reason you do anything you do, say anything you say.

Worship is telling God how much He means to us. Worship is the purposeful act of directing your thoughts toward God when you don’t feel like it. Worship is trusting that God forgives you even when you make a horrible choice. Worship is giving Him the credit for the work you think you have done all by yourself. Worship is living life for Him and not hiding it.

It’s not just singing. It’s not just doing good deed. You can worship God when you’re standing still. You can worship God when you’re singing or when you’re dancing or when you’re playing an instrument. You can worship God at church, but you can also worship in your home, in your place of work, in your relationship with other people.

You can worship when you’re having a great day. And you can worship when the day is long and cold and dark and depressing and it feels like there’s no end to it. You can worship Him when you’re sad. When you feel discouraged. When you feel alone.

Worship Him with everything He made you to be. Trust Him. He can see the entire picture of our lives, every little detail, and He knows exactly how everything is going to work out. And it’s going to be good.

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