By: Monique Hatcher
If you're anything like me, you might have grown up in a church where you saw people openly praising God by shouting and "catching the Holy Ghost". As a young girl I thought the more uncontrollable the person was, the greater their worship was to God. I really didn't know any better back then. I'm not coming against expressing praise and worship to God through song, dance, lifting of hands, bowing, standing, rolling on the floor, or any of that.
I now know that true worship begins after the music stops playing and the choir stops singing. True worship is a condition and posture of the heart, and the fruit of it is a life obedient to God. True worship manifests itself in a life surrendered to God and His ways, and it's active long after you drive out of the church parking lot. It's not bound to the four walls of a church building. True worship effects change in the life of the worshipper, and it will radiate out and provoke change in others. Worship to God is a decision to act on His Word, in the face of adverse situations and circumstances. It is a call to walking in the spirit and not yielding to our fleshly nature.
Do you really want to know what true worship looks like? Let me give you a few examples that you may encounter in your daily life. Worship to God will cause you to be at peace with someone who cuts you off in traffic, instead of cursing them out. Worship to God will cause grace to much more abound when your co-worker gossips about you, instead of you giving them a piece of your mind. Worship to God is putting the toilet seat down after your husband leaves the bathroom, instead of nagging and fussing at him. True worship puts you in a position of humility, and it's a sure-fire way to kill the flesh daily. It takes you to a whole other level of submission and obedience to God. True worship doesn't need to be pumped and primed, in order to happen. It is a posture of the heart and it totally envelops the heart of God. It's a lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving to God for making grace and mercy available to us through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross. I worship God because He loved me when I cared nothing about Him. My lifestyle of worship will always be the evidence of the Holy Spirit Who lives on the inside of me. It will draw others to Christ and His saving grace. It reads in John 4:24:
"God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
When we worship God from our hearts, an exchange takes place. We surrender our failures, imperfections, flaws, and insecurities in exchange for His Love, forgiveness, righteousness, and peace. The very heart of God is revealed to us through worship and it causes a strong desire to become more like Him. Worship allows us to become intimate with the Lover of our souls and to experience His unconditional Love for us. We may enter into His presence feeling unworthy like filthy rags, but as we yield ourselves to Him, His loving and kind nature overwhelms us.
We should strive each day to worship God with our actions and words. We must allow the undeniable Love of God to saturate our hearts and minds, and begin to develop an attitude of worship. Our worship to God can be expressed through us on our jobs, in our homes, at the grocery store, etc. His presence is with us everywhere we go and He has given us the capacity to Love like He does, with His Love that is shed abroad in our hearts. Let's commit daily to being outward expressions of the heart of God and demonstrators of the Love that He has for each and every one of us. Here are a few scriptures that you can meditate concerning worship:
Hebrews 12:28-29 "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Psalm 86:9-10 "All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God."
Revelation 14:7 "He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Let's all live a lifestyle of true worship!
I'm a single Mother of two daughters who loves to encourage, inspire, and uplift others with the Love and wisdom of God. It is my prayer that each person who reads my motivational messages of truth, based on the Word of God, will experience completely healed, transformed, and renewed lives. It is my hope that each person will reach their full potential in Christ Jesus. I am a member of All Nations Worship Assembly in Chicago, Il. The overseers are Drs. Matthew and Kamilah Stevenson.