It's easy to get lost in the chaos of our circumstances and limit our worship to Sundays. Abundant life and transformation come when we choose to worship in the every day!
Lord! I’m bursting with joy over what you’ve done for me! My lips are full of perpetual praise. I’m boasting of you and all your works, so let all who are discouraged take heart. Join me, everyone! Let’s praise the Lord together. Let’s make him famous! Let’s make his name glorious to all. Pslam 34:1-3
Throughout this month we’ve been talking about the power of worship, and the constant invitation to join the party in heaven. We’ve learned that when use worship as a weapon, it pushes back the plans of the enemy and establishes God’s kingdom on earth. We’ve discovered that when we exalt his holy name, life’s fears and disappointments turn into dance floors. In this past Sunday’s sermon, Tyler Hannel described worship as this: the irresistible response to what we see. This implies that worship isn’t just the songs we sing on a Sunday morning, but rather something we’re innately designed to do. We’re always worshipping something - a career path, a person, a lifestyle. The choice we make is to shift our worship to our Creator. So how can we do that in the everyday? The moments outside of Sunday?
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Life is busy, hectic, and can create stress if we don’t create space for God to refresh us. The invitation is for you to simply be with him - there’s no hidden agenda. He doesn’t care about the time of day or how you choose to do it, he just wants to be with you! Listening to worship music is a great way to silence out all the distractions and put your eyes back on him. It creates the atmosphere to hear him clearly and to quiet your spirit in his presence. I often use my commute as my worship time- it’s also when I’m alone and can sing and shout as loud as I want! It’s important to find that moment in your day, and mark it in your calendar. While I was working on making worship part of my daily habits, I would set an alarm every day to remind me. Find what works for you, but be diligent to spend time with your Creator everyday.
“Everything you do is beautiful, flowing from your goodness; teach me the power of your wonderful words!” Psalm 119:68
Declarations have power. We all make declarations about ourselves and our circumstances about a thousand times a day. But are we speaking truth or lies? Are we speaking death or life? When we speak the truth of God’s word into the every day, we see transformation. Especially in circumstances where we don’t see God clearly, worship acts as the magnifying glass. Our declarative worship magnifies his presence, and it centers us back on who God is and who we are in him. It lifts our eyes again to God’s faithfulness, and the trials of our day gets lost in his goodness. Here’s a Declarative Worship Playlist to help practically apply declarative worship. Pick a song each day this week to soak, memorize, and sing!
The truth is, Christ lives within us and we always have access to him. But we can lose that perspective in the chaos of our circumstances. It’s vital that we discipline ourselves to worship him every day, because in doing so, we build relationship with him and increase our awareness of his presence. We align ourselves with the constant truth that he’s always speaking, and that is life changing.
*Click here to listen to Tyler Hannel’s sermon on Resurrection Life: New Eyes to See
Lord, your name is the name above all names. Your name is above the trials and stresses I’m currently facing, and I invite you to reign in my every day life. Renew my vision and perspective of how big you are, God. Increase my awareness of your presence. Amen.