As we step into the New Year, what will be our worship like? Is it a Sunday ritual or a frenzied emotion that you can put on and take off? Is it limited to one style of music or a particular church? Most important, is more than skin deep?
God seeks those whose worship emanates from deep within. He desires legitimate praise and integrity between heart and mouth. He wants to be the One we treasure most. Most of all, He wants you. ALL OF YOU!
What is worship? What does it means to present yourself as a "living sacrifice"? Is there a set time and place for it, or does it encompass ALL of our lives? Considering the priority the Bible places on true worship - and Jesus' declaration that real worship is what God is after - these are enormously important questions. Considering the central role of worship in the life of a believer, it is our entire reason for being, as well as the eternal activity of the saints in heaven, according to the Word - we might do well to consider what God wants it to be like.
Does He prefer informal or formal? Ritualistic or spontaneous? Noisy or quiet? Dignified or recklessly passionate? Nearly everyone has an opinion on these alternatives, but they aren't really the heart of the issue. What God desires most has less to do with how we express our worship than with the spirit behind it. In our adoration of our Creator, God seeks inspiration and integrity and a spirit of sacrifice. He wants our outward expression to match our inward attitudes. He wants us not to worship ignorantly, but to know who He is. He wants it to be real
(an extract from Worship The King - Chris Tiegreen)
Today, God is still seeking, searching and longing for worshipers who will choose to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Be that worshiper that God is after.
Be blessed - invite you to join me in worship with this inspiring song - YOU ARE THE ONE by Paul Baloche & Lincon Brewster
Blessed New Year! -TPWC