I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth. Ps. 57: 9-11
I love to worship. And I love to worship both corporately and by myself. Those of you that know me might not be surprised by the former (for those of you that don’t – I serve on our Worship Team so it’s pretty hard not to love corporate worship) – but the later surprised me when I came to realize it.
Up until a few years ago, I struggled with what it meant to use the gifts God gave me in a worshipful way. I struggled because I couldn’t tell if using those gifts gave me satisfaction, or Him. Then, I started listening to mostly praise and worship music when I was driving around – I started to lift up my prayers as worship, and not just petitions – I started to truly have that hour to hour, moment to moment relationship with Him that he deserves. And it surprised me because – it was real. It wasn’t just me going through the motions. I truly felt myself relating (worshiping) to God. And I realized that He actually intends for us to get satisfaction out of pleasing Him. It isn’t a burden to use these gifts he gave us. Like the Psalmist eludes to in the verse prior to the one above, I felt my soul awake when I started really worshiping.
Oh great God, what a great plan you have put in place. You make us in your own image, give us these amazing gifts, and then allow us to use them to glorify you and make us happy at the same time. To you all the praise and glory! AMEN