One of my favorite parts of going to church on a Sunday is getting to worship with other believers. In fact, it’s one of my favorite parts of going to visit other churches. Experiencing the different songs that they sing and listening to new worship bands. The problem is that it can often become an event. I begin to think of worship as something I do on Sundays and not something I do for the rest of the week.
Worship Throughout the Day
“My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.” – Psalm 71:8, NIV
While I often enjoy being in the communion of other believers and singing with them, I can end up thinking that it’s something I do only when I am at church. It certainly isn’t something that I do regularly or throughout the day.
Maybe one of the reasons is because I tend to believe that worship is just singing. It is in fact something quite different. Worship is defined as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity”. This shows that worship is actually an attitude and not something to attend.
Anything we do in life can be done in an attitude of reverence and adoration or it can be done in selfish ambition. We need to be focusing on the Lord and praising Him in everything we do and as a result worship Him throughout the day.
Worship Because You Can’t Help It
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1, NIV
A lot of the time, doing things my way is the easiest and most desirable route in my mind. Instead I should be thinking like this Psalmist and I should worship because I have a strong desire to do so.
Worship becomes an attitude and a daily occurrence when we begin to seek after God with a longing that can only be filled by Him.
Set Aside Time to Worship
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” – Psalm 95:6, NIV
While I do believe that we need to make worship an attitude and something we do throughout the day. It’s also a good thing to set aside time to worship God each day in a specific manner to reflect on Him and what He has done. This can be done both with other believers and individually.
Spending time in prayer and reading the Word is something we encourage a lot at Reckless Abandon but this can be made more worshipful with some additions to that regular time. A time of listening to worship music is an obvious way to do this, but there are other things you can do as well. I would suggest taking time to meditate on some of the attributes of God or the Gospel. Also spending time praising Him and thanking Him.
Live It Out:
Do you believe that daily worshipping God is something you already do, something you have been meaning to do, or something you have never considered before? In what ways has this article helped you in this process? Which of the articles suggestions will you put into practice this week? One thing you can do to start off is to go check out our series on the attributes of God and take some time to praise God for who He is and what He does.