I was recently asked, “How do you worship God when we aren’t singing praise songs at LCC?” My answer was simple: “Worship is an everyday lifestyle and can begin in the simplest and most obvious ways.” It’s something every one of us can do, yet something far too many of us overlook. Here are just a few.
- If you want to live your entire life in the wonder of worship, you must begin with your personal time with God.
I believe it’s impossible to be all that God intends for us if we’re not willing to spend the time to get to know Him personally. The best time for me to get alone with God is early morning. I personally get up an hour early and make coffee, sit in my favorite chair, read from my Bible and a brief devotional passage, and then pray God would direct my day. While reading your Bible, look for one little verse, enough to give you a divine perspective throughout the day. It will give you a sense of wonder to keep a worshipful frame of mind.
- Worship God in everyday service.
One of the biblical terms for worship means “to serve.” Listen to how Paul offers his mission statement: “That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:16). Paul saw service as worship. Every social encounter, even (or especially) with “the least of these,” carries the potential to glorify the Lord.
- Worship in everyday sacrifice.
You can worship God through daily opportunities of sacrifice.
Romans 12:1-2 says, “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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
It’s not easy to live that way. But we’re required to be obedient. We’re required to submit to God and to sacrifice each moment, each relationship, each trial, and each setting to Him. It’s a great deal easier to simply go to church and put a check into the offering box. But God wants a greater sacrifice than that. He wants it all. Think of the person at work whom you struggle to love. What if you visualize yourself placing that relationship upon the altar as an offering of praise to God? Your marriage needs to be offered up as a sacrifice every day. Your parenting is a daily sacrifice. How you spend your free time requires a regular sacrifice.
You will begin to see that all ground is holy ground because God is there. You will begin to see every situation as a potential act of worship, a time to magnify the name of the Lord. The world is waiting to see the person you will become when you live every moment in the wonder of worship.