Radical Worship

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:1-2

What exactly is worship? Is it just words sung in a song, dancing in abandon, or a quiet reflection?  There are definitely different demonstrations of worship but by definition, it is the place of reverent awe that acknowledges who we are in the light of Who God is. 

Simply put-when we worship, we reach into the spiritual realm. It’s where God communicates with our spirit or soul through the free gift of the Holy Spirit. Worshiping allows us this personal access to the throne room.  It is a place where we cannot hide from the presence of God and where His deepest thoughts become known to us. Have you ever entered and experienced this raw and awesome place? The joy we experience is a taste of heaven in our humanity.

The elders and angels exemplify this as they bow down and praise our Heavenly Father in Revelation 4:10; “the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:  “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will, they were created and have their being.”

Sisters, we were made to worship! As children of God, we exist to glorify our Creator. Did you know the Bible says that even the rocks will cry out in praise and that the trees will clap their hands?!

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

Singing pleases the Lord! He doesn’t care if we sing on key; He simply cares that we sing!  Psalm 98:5 urges us to “make music to the Lord with the harp, and the sound of singing.” And Isaiah 35:10 states, “and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

Mama, it’s the heart of the worshiper that is important to God.  Matt Redman, recording artist and worship leader, says this about worship, “Revelation of God is the fuel for the fire of worship.” When we acknowledge God as almighty and desire Him over everything else, we are essentially fueled to worship.

If you don’t feel ready to break into song, you might be carrying a burden you are not meant to.  Whatever burdens you may have, lay them down at Jesus’ feet. Praise is driven not by your emotions, but by your will. We are to praise God in ALL situations—in victory and in defeat, when we are in need, and when we have plenty. In fact, the times we don’t feel like praising God are actually the very moments that we should! The next time you feel discouraged or defeated, start praising the Lord! When your children are having a meltdown or your marriage is shaky, praise the Lord! God is rich in mercy to those who call upon Him. When you choose to break out in unrestrained worship in the darkest part of your life, watch out! Your circumstances don’t have anything against the power of praise!

Worshiping collectively at church is a great way to enter into the Lord’s presence but you can also worship at home. Start your time in worship by practicing the art of being still—deliberately turn off the noise. Jesus removed Himself to find strength and to hear from God the Father. Stillness will bring assurance, and peace to your mind and soul. Then start to give thanks to the Lord for everything you are grateful for and for all of His amazing attributes. According to Psalm 100, we are to, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise,” giving thanks to Him and praising His name.

Enhance your worship experience by kneeling while you praise the Lord. God says in the Prophets and in the New Testament that every knee will bow before Him (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10). Kneeling is a mark of a true servant who has no plans of his own.  Raising your hands as your worship is a form of trust and a proclamation of your faith. Relieve your yoke by raising your hands to heaven, and watch the shackles that want to hold you back be broken in the victory of Jesus’ name! 

Another way to worship the Lord is by singing verses from the Bible. God’s Word is a love letter to us, full of promises that give us direction for every problem we face. Confessing God’s Word out loud brings us into a powerfully personal, intimate relationship with Him. This is also a fantastic way to memorize Scripture because singing helps us remember. Try putting a verse to a tune, and see how soon you and your children are humming and reciting God’s Word!  

Whether it is singing Scripture, reverently laying before the Lord, or jumping up and dancing, try a new form of worship today!

Blessings and Love,

Rae-Ellen Sanders & The Help Club Team

 

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