Worship is a natural part of our experience. Everyone worships something. Worship is the attention, affection, and adoration we apply to something we value in our lives. We were designed to express worship. God created us to worship Him. On a good day, when all is right in our world, worshiping God is easy. We recognize how great He is in our lives, and we can't help but funnel our greatest attention, affection, and adoration to Him. In doing so, we can often reach this ecstatic place where we are fulfilled and transformed in His presence.
But then there are days when worship does not come as easy. Perhaps you got some bad news this week. Maybe you lost a job, or a significant person in your life. Maybe you've just had several things go the wrong way. It may even be that some of your prayers went unanswered, or worse... they went in the opposite direction of the way you were hoping. When you are in a battle, it is easy to get bogged down in your circumstances. This makes it difficult to see God, much less worship Him. But those moments are often the test of our relationship with God. And it is in these situation when we can experience the greatest of times with our Maker.
True worship is based on a fixed understanding and value of who God is, not a shifting view based on where you are. Trust me, you do not want a relationship with God where you only praise Him when things go your way. At that point you have shifted the focus of the relationship from God to yourself. That is backwards. If you are a believer, He is focused on you as His child, and you should be focused on Him as Father God. Our environment changes. He does not. We are not worthy. He is always worthy. And it is when we are able to honestly worship Him profusely, regardless of the bad in our life that we find the greatest hope, mercy, and grace.
Worship of God should based on His inherent worth throughout eternity, not on the instability of our world this week. God is faithful, especially through the hard times. Worship and see Him work. One writer who was going through a very rough patch put it this way, "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You because You have redeemed me. Therefore, my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness all day long, for those who seek my harm will be disgraced and confounded." (Psalms 71:23-24)
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My name is David, and I want to know God more, and help other people find Him.