A Lifestyle of Worship
You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased." (Rev 4:11)
In the same way that you were present at the natural birth of your children, I believe that God smiled when you entered this world and your arrival gave Him pleasure. Bringing enjoyment to God and living for His pleasure gives purpose to your life. Understanding this truth eliminates feelings of insignificance and gives worth to your life. What greater significance could you have than knowing that you are important to God and that He considers you valuable enough to keep you with Him for eternity.
God decided in advance to adopt into his own family by bringing us to bring himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Eph. 1:15 NLT)
Bringing pleasure to God through your life is called worship. Although we think of worship and all of its elements in terms of the songs we sing and what we extend to God in our church services, worship, in its truest sense is much more than that. Worship is a lifestyle.
These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.” (Isaiah 29:13)
From this passage, we learn that worship is not a part of your life; it is your life. The Psalms make many references to “continually” worshipping from sunrise to sunset. Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night.
Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering.” (Col 3:23)
Our lifestyle of worship involves our entire lives, always aware of His presence in everything that we do. By constantly thinking of the Lord, you abide in His love. This is the essence of worship.
“Lord, thank you for looking upon my life with pleasure.
May my life today, everything that I do and think, bring worship to You.
I commit to engage and involve my entire heart in worship to you.
Even in the ordinary tasks of life, I will be mindful of you and give honor to You.
Accept the offering and worship of my life, today in Jesus’ Name.”
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