Worshipping and Living Life
Read: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5 (NIV)
Reflect: When you think about it, we worship God throughout our daily lives. We can glorify him through singing and lifting our hands in praise. Hiking through the Grand Canyon, we can be awed by the beauty of nature. Sitting in silence, praying, and reading the Bible is a form of reverence. Breaking bread in communion or baptism as a public display of our acceptance of Jesus as our personal savior serves as worship to God. Loving, caring, and interacting with an energetic toddler, a know-it-all teenager, or an elderly parent, pleases God.
Over the years, I have been involved with growth groups. They have been varied and purposeful for the different seasons of my life. What I have come to realize is that each time I met with a growth group, we were worshipping God in a variety of ways. We were meeting as a body of believers. Scripture says in Matthew 22:10… For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.
Our primary focus was to study God’s word, but our time together was complimented by a desire to honor God in different ways. Joyous occasions such as, graduations, weddings, and job promotions were celebrated. Challenging, life-altering events were embraced in prayer. Volunteer projects were planned, where individuals could use their God given talents to build up the community. God desires our devotion to him, in our moments, hours, days, and years of living.
React: Think about your day-to-day activities. Recognize the worship that is already in place. See where you can add a prayer or act of love to increase your praise to God.
Pray: Lord, I desire to worship you in all that I do. Guide my thoughts, actions, and words to honor you.