One day a long, long time ago, when I was up to my eyeballs in diapers and bottles, sippy-cups and Cheerios, I sat on a beach with my best friend.
It was a beautiful day. Life appeared perfect, but the tears would not stop. Life was a struggle for me. Restlessness refused to leave me alone, and depression sucked the “blessed” out of my blessings. I felt guilty. I had so many blessings.
I wrote about this day in the preface of my book, A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called, because at that moment of self-pity, my dear friend reminded me to worship. It was a turning point in my life. Her words were something like, “Sing, Andy! Sing!”
This was a precept I had taught her years before. I knew the power of worship. I had learned that worship needed to be done whether you felt like it or not through out the day. But I needed a friendly reminder.
As we sat in the hot Carolina sun that day I knew . . .
#Worship is the centrifuge where clarity and vision can rise above the struggles of life.… Click To Tweet
“I knew what she was telling me. She was reminding me to worship the Creator who had formed the very waves rolling toward my feet, and who gave those waters their boundaries. She was reminding me to worship my Savior who had given me hope of everlasting life. She was telling me to take my eyes off the holes in my life and worship the God who alone could fill them with his perfect desires.
So, I sang, even though the singing didn’t magically make me feel better. But that day of worship has become a lifetime of intentional worship and the centrifuge where clarity and vision could rise to the top above the struggles of life.” (A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called p. 14)
More than a song
One of my pastors separated the terms praise and worship last week. He defined praise as “singing and speaking words of praise” and worshiping as “a way we live.” That is a brilliant definition. (Thanks Pastor Daniel Walters – Lifepoint Worship leader.)
We use these terms interchangeably all the time. I do. Singing is as a way to worship Jesus, but music is just part of worship or a method.
Worship is a way of life. Our minds, hearts, and actions reveal who and what we worship.#Worship involves our thoughts, desires, and actions everyday. Click To Tweet
This reading plan is a perfect companion to our study on freedom last week.Worship frees us. Worship saves us. Worship gives us purpose and fulfills our destiny. Click To Tweet
If life is all butterflies and bubbles, worship. If it is painful and difficult, worship. And if you are restless, oh, please, worship.
Are you ready to dig deep into the Word this week and learn about worship? Let’s find out what the Bible says about this way of life.
Invitation to Worship in Prayer
Get up early (if possible) before the day gets noisy. (If you’re a mom with littles, nap time may be your ticket.) While you’re brewing the coffee or steeping your tea, kneel before the throne of Grace right there in your living room or kitchen or bedroom, wherever is the best place to kneel. And pray.
This week, at least during this first prayer of the day, don’t bring any request, just praise Him. Spend a few minutes visualizing yourself bowing before His throne. And worship.
After a few minutes in prayer, grab your Bible and dig into the verse for the day. Pray for enlightenment. Write it down. Journal about the verses and what jumps out to you as you read them.
1 Chronicles 16:23-31:
Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.
30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
John 4:21-24: “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Exodus 20: 2-6: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Psalm 99:9: Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.
Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
1 Samuel 15:22: But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
Revelation: 4: 8-11: Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever 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.”
Click here for the free printable with these verses and extra questions and prompts for each day.
Let’s share these verses together each morning on Facebook. Join me in my kitchen at 8:20 ET via Andy Lee (Andrea Stone) through Facebook Live for fellowship, prayer, and a teaching on these scriptures. This is one of my favorite subjects, so I CANT WAIT! I share it to my Facebook author page and You Tube also if you can’t watch at that time.
I so hope you can come to the table!
Digging Deep to Worship!