Worship. Such a distinct word isn’t it? The definition is so precise: the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. If any you know me on a spiritual level, you know how much worship and praise mean to me. It’s so amazing how Jesus wants us to worship Him in any shape or form. “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you, I whom you have delivered.” Psalm 71:23. You see, we don’t have to be musically talented, have the best instrument known to man, or to have an angelic singing voice to praise our Savior. In fact, worship is an intimate practice. So, how do you develop this higher level of connection with Christ? I will gladly show you.
Confess: The very first step in getting into intimate worship is confessing we are lower than God. Now, I’m not saying you’re low as a person but, we need to understand that it’s very easy and dangerous to not only make idols of each other but, ourselves as well. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4. God is the One Thing we should keep our eyes on. Through Him we cannot possibly fail. When we put people, and even money above God, we will never be satisfied.
Surrender: You might look at that word and cringe a little. Surrender? That’s a tough word to swallow. We all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Take a look of what worship means in the book of Hebrews. Worship in the verb form is “shachah” and it means to “bow down, to prostrate oneself.” God literally wants us to lay on our knees, raise our hands, and surrender not only our anxieties, but our selfish admiration’s as well. God is the sole protector and guide in our lives. It’s very easy to want to take things on our own path (believe me, I know.) but, 99% of the time, things fall flat don’t they? God closes doors in our lives, but it’s because He wants us to go through an even better door.
Obey: After you have confessed your sin and surrendered it to God, you need to keep up with that. Which means you need to do your part as well. We can’t expect God to do all the work can we? Praying and seeking Him is very important, but we also need to be sure we put those prayers into action. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Believe: Though the first three steps are very important when it comes to worship, the last step is the most important because without BELIEVING in God and how He can transform us, it would all be meaningless. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13.
We have to believe that God will carry out His promise and help us through our trials. We have to obey His word and follow it daily in order for us to grow and learn more about Him. We have to surrender to His spirit so that He can move us in the right path to a better life. We have to confess that we cannot go through this life without Jesus’s guidance because without Him we will fail. WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS! ❤