Worship is not a show, though we often treat it like one.
Do you ever wonder what the church would look like, if we didn’t have programs and schedules, but if we all just got together and worshiped? And I’m not just talking about music, I’m talking about what GOD moves each individual to do.
Well, I have.
Honestly, I believe that the church has such a distorted view of worship; it has become synonymous with music. But I also believe that GOD called it to be so much more!
But what is it, really?
The Bible says that worship is a proclamation of thanksgiving. It’s saying, “GOD, I trust YOU even though I’m depressed and sometimes suicidal. GOD, I love you even though my little girl was taken from me in a car accident. GOD, I know that YOU are in control even though there is slavery and poverty in this world. And GOD, I thank YOU for being who YOU are, no matter what’s going in my life or in the lives of others.”
With the way we do things now, that kind of worship is impossible. For us to worship like that, we would have to ignore everyone around us.
A friend of mine named Sharla Eaten posted this on Facebook, and I thought I’d share it here:
“Whatever has your focus becomes your reality. As believers we must use intentional focus and seek the Lord above all the negative. Its posturing ourselves in the seat of Thanksgiving and worship no matter the circumstance. When we do this we close the door to every foothold the enemy may be trying to take and align our hearts with the Father’s. In this we make room for growth, advancement in spirit, and blessings. There’s a reason for the phrase, praise your way thru.
Praise is best in every test.
Worship is the key to the door. Thanksgiving is the path where we find the Lord
And learn to live out of peace and rest.”
If you are focused on what your friends are going to think of you, you’re not worshipping. If you are concentrating on all the bad stuff in this world, you can’t worship. It’s not about you, it’s about GOD.
So why have worship and church become a show, starring us? When did church become more about socializing and less about praising? Why do we look around and see what our friends are doing? Why can’t we simply look up to Heaven, and thank GOD for being GOD?
Next time you are called to worship, I challenge you to ask the LORD how HE wants you to do it. If you have to close your eyes to block out everything else, then close your eyes. Just focus on HIS presence and bask in HIS glory!
For further study, check out these verses on worship and thankfulness:
Psalm 100:4, Psalm 16:11, Nehemiah 8:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Have a great day, you guys! Don’t let Satan steal your joy!