Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.
Psalm 95 (NKJV)
When God builds on our lives he builds with the foundations first. Foundations take time, but to build HIGH, you must build DEEP.
One of the values God wants to build deep into the fabric of who we are is worship.
Exodus 8:1 says, ‘Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me”‘.
Worship is not a melancholic moment where we are pulling something down from Heaven, but where we are lifting up the name of Jesus.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with Praise.” Psalm 100:4
From this scripture, we know that worship is made of thanksgiving and of praise.
When I pray, I start by thanking him for what He does.
I then move into praising him for who He is —
He is GREATER than your GREATEST FEARS.
He is the King of kings and The Lord of lords.
He has all authority in Heaven and Earth.
He is love.
He is perfect.
He is incapable of evil.
He is our great reward.
He is our salvation.
He is grace.
He is the way, the truth and the life.
He is the only name that saves.
He is Emmanuel, God with us.
He is the Prince of Peace.
He has conquered death, he has overcome the cross.
He is our healer.
He is our first love.
He is perfect theology.
He is the centre, the cornerstone, our very perfect focus.
He is the rock on which we stand.
He is not the universe and the universe is not him.
He is eternal, forever, and everlasting.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
He is worth living for, He is worth dying for.
He sets us free.
His blood washes, cleanses us of all unrighteousness.
His blood redeems us, restores us, renews us.
His blood purchased our salvation.
His blood seals us, covers us.
His life made a way for us.
His life set an example for us.
He’s all you need and He is needed by all.
Have we become worship consumers as opposed to worship givers?
Worship is designed to be given not consumed. When you are just consuming you very quickly become disengaged – there, but not really there.
We don’t GIVE to GET, we GET TO GIVE.
Acts 20:35 says, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’. The blessing of worship is in the giving of it.
Selfless worship to Jesus takes the focus off us and onto Him. Magnifying God takes our eyes and attention off our own lives and troubles and onto God, and it’s not until you lose your life to Christ that you find it.
‘Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.‘ Matthew 10:39
The value of something is determined by what you are willing to give. The evidence of value is seen in the price – so the evidence of how much value we place on something is seen in what price you are willing to pay for it.
God’s value on us is so high that He paid the price of His one and only Son!
How much do we value God?
Are we guilty of giving God our leftovers? Our leftover time, our leftover energy, our leftover finance?
He is so deserving of our full attention. Let’s give Him all the worship we can.
“Seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added.” Matthew 6:33