Psalm 145:2 (NKJV)
Everyday I will bless You, and I will praise (worship) Your name forever and ever.
Worship is two fold: First, worship is your lifestyle and worship is the way you live. To God, living right is pleasing Him. If someone is hurting in school then extend yourself and encourage them. Other forms of this lifestyle of worship is helping your mom with the dishes, setting the example for your brothers and sisters, remaining sexually pure until you’re married, taking a stand for God in school.
Secondly, worship is a time to connect with God at church. At church there is a part of the service that most churches usually call a “Worship Service”. Songs are played and people express their devotion to God. The band is not up there just so you can think they sound good. This is a time specifically created for you to express your love to God. This is a time when you can tell God how much you love Him and how much He means to you through the singing of songs.
Both aspects of worship are important to God and are of great significance if you are going to accelerate towards God. The key is not to do one or the other but you must incorporate both in your life.
Read– Psalm 95:1-5
Think– Do you feel that you worship God in both ways as described above? And if so, how?
Act– Make worship a part of who you are.
Psalm 70:4 (NCV)
But let all those who worship you rejoice and be glad. Let those who love your salvation always say, “Praise the greatness of God.”
I have recently gotten married and yes it absolutely Rocks! Hannah is my dream come true! In our marriage I must live a consistent and moral lifestyle. If I were to do the right things only when she was around the relationship would never work and it would fall a part. If I took the liberty to do anything I wanted to do and had some girlfriends on the side, I would be not only dishonoring God but I would be dead meat. The truth is worship must be a way of life. It must be something you do 24/7. You must exalt God in everything you do. If not, your relationship with God will soon be non-existent. It’s time we live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God at all times. This is true worship.
Read– Psalm 34:1-4
Think– What are some simple but practical things you can do that will be an act of worship to God?
Act– Live out a lifestyle of worship that is pleasing to God everyday.
Psalm 149:5 (NKJV)
Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.
Devotions are a time that we set aside every day to connect with God. Many people find that when they get out of bed in the morning is the best time to jumpstart their day by connecting with God. During devotions we pray and read the Bible looking for ways to hear and understand God. I want to challenge you to bring worship into your devotions. I am not saying invite the youth band over to your house, but rather tell God how much you love him. Take time to worship and exalt God. Express from your heart the most honoring things you can think of and tell them to God. This can really bring life to your devotions. God deserves our praise and our worship every day.
Read– Psalm 92:1-2
Think– How often does God deserve your praise?
Act– Begin to incorporate worship into your daily devotions.
Psalm 63:4 (NKJV)
Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
The little boy who just learned how to run finds himself stumbling on the sidewalk that runs parallel to his house. His right leg has caught the back of his left leg and has sent him into a helpless fall to the rough concrete. As he tries to pick himself off the ground his knees and elbows dripping with blood he begins to cry for his dad. The father comes running out to find his son with arms open wide and tears streaming down his face. The dad picks him up and soon after that the crying stops. We have all been there. After we have been hurt, our arms reach upwards in our cry for help. Worship is the same way. We lift our hands not only because He is God and He deserves it but also because we need Him. We need a lift. God hears our cry and comes to comfort us.
Read– Psalm 141:2 & 1 Timothy 2:8
Think– Do you think God is embarrassed when you lift your hands at church? In what ways do you feel you need a lift from God?
Act– Get beyond your feelings and reach out to God. Lift your hands to God this week during worship at Youth Group.
Psalm 96:1 (NKJV)
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
If I were to give you a compliment you would probably feel pretty good. But if I gave the same compliment to you every day after a while it would get old… real old. In our lifestyle of worship, God wants us to praise Him. He wants us to put a new song in our hearts or in other words, He wants us to get creative in the way we praise Him. Think about being real with God, being honest with Him and talking to Him like you actually believe in Him. When you praise Him, come up with something new to say, something that is relevant in your life, something that will bless Him everyday.
Read– Psalm 96:1-13
Think– Make a list of some new things you can praise him for.
Act– Praise Him… everyday!
Worship through Love
1 John 4:7-8 (NKJV)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
As we have been reading, we realize that worship is a lifestyle. If the way you live can be an act of worship and love and is pleasing to God, then loving people is an act of worship. God’s heart is exactly the opposite of the devil, which is loneliness, hate, abuse, suicide, and much more. God’s central theme is love. So many people are struggling with things that the devil can steal from them or lie to them about. People need to simply experience God’s true love. Guess what — You are one of the ways that people can experience His love. By you responding selflessly to others and loving on them the way God would want, you are worshipping; so show God’s heart to this desperate world and worship away!!!
Read– 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Think– List some things you can do to express worship to God in the form of love to others.
Act– Love people just like 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says.
Psalm 147:1 (NCV)
Praise the Lord! It is good to sing praises to our God; it is good and pleasant to praise him.
Some of you may ask, “Why do we sing songs at church? Why is that considered worship?” That’s a great question and the truth is because God has been using songs as one of the greatest ways to express worship. Right from the first book in the Bible people sang and used instruments to exalt God. He commanded it. Songs are a great way to connect the human heart to its Creator. Unfortunately, the devil is also using music to do exactly the opposite. The devil is perverting the minds of millions and glorifying self, sex, money, power and anything else to try and get people’s focus off God by setting before them many idols to sing to and worship. Put only songs that please God through your ears and into your heart. Also begin to sing and use your voice to glorify God. Don’t worry if you cannot sing very well. God doesn’t care about the quality of your voice, rather the heart behind the voice.
Read– Psalm 138:1-3
Think– What is holding you back from worshiping God with your whole heart?
Act– Don’t be afraid to use your voice to bless God through singing.