HOLY HABITS 9: Worship
‘Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts praising God and having the good will of all the people’. Acts 2:46-47
Worship features prominently in Luke’s writings. He presents people praising God in response to experiencing God’s loving help or saving grace (Luke 2:13, 20; 19:37; Acts 3:8).
Praise and worship flow from gratitude for who God is and what God has done.
Worship is also at the heart of the early church, spirit-filled, exuberant praise offered in the home, the temple and on the streets.
There is a risk that we think of worship only as something that happens when Christians gather together for an hour or two. While gatherings are a habit to be encouraged, there is much more to worship than this.
Worship is a way of life, encapsulated in Deuteronomy 5:6 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might’.
Worship offered as a grateful response involves all of our lives: our work, rest, and leisure and enjoyment of creation.
Worship to the glory of God may include the singing of songs, music, the offering of dance, flower arranging, art and praying of prayers.
There are times when worship is instinctive and obvious – when we have such a sense of deep joy that we cannot help but worship God. And there are times in life when this is the last thing we feel like doing.
The Psalms and hymns offer a lovely example of being open and honest with God in good times and bad, whether moaning or praising, always in touch with God.
Worship can arise from a glad heart, but it can also be the deliberate choice of a hurting one. All of life can be worship when lived for the love of God.
So, resourcing for worship, learning to worship even when we don’t feel like it, learning to make everything we do in our daily lives a worship offering to God is about everyday discipleship.
As we explore this Holy Habit, we pray that we will discover more of God; we hope that you will be able to have conversations which help deepen your relationships with God and with each other as we build lives which worship God.
As you consciously take time to explore this habit, imagine the whole of your life and all that you do, personally and collectively, being offered in worship to God.
Worship, even when you don't feel like it
Offer daily activities to God - 'who sweeps a room, as for Thy cause, makes that and the action fine'!