Living a Life of PRAISE



Worship

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness.
Let the whole world know what He has done.
Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises.
Tell everyone about His miracles.
Exult in His holy name,
O worshippers of the Lord, rejoice!
Psalm 104:1-3

Do you live like this? Thanking God all day? Telling everyone what He has done for you? Singing to Him, lifting up His name? Rejoicing? It sounds good to read and may even ignite your soul but are you living it? For me it almost comes natural to live this way when I see God moving and life is good. It’s a choice to praise Him, a discipline, when I feel empty and life is hard. The amazing truth regarding scripture is how direct it is. It doesn’t say when you feel like giving praise… It just says praise Him, sing to Him, exult Him, give thanks, rejoice! These are commands so regardless of what we are going through, the Word is steady and never changing.

I’ve been thinking about worship in the sense of singing lately. My one word Praise goes hand in hand with this. When we have a chance to gather corporately with the body of believers it is a taste of heaven in the sense of many people singing to Jesus. Sometimes I close my eyes and stop singing just to soak in so many believers lifting up His name. There is strength and power when this happens. We have been given a free gift to gather this way. People all over the nations would love for the opportunity to be with just a couple of believers and sing to Him but because of their nations rules on Christianity they can’t. We should never take lightly the freedom we have to worship. We can sing out to Him in our cars as well as our homes. Some of my most intimate times with God are here at my house when I have the computer playing some of my favorite worship songs. As a parent this is something our children need to see. They need to see us free to worship so they will be free to worship. I don’t want my children going to youth thinking they are too cool to worship. If they grow up in an environment where it is natural to praise God, it will be natural for them to go into other settings and be free to express their love for their Maker. This even flows into conversations. If they are only comfortable talking about God when it comes to church or prayers before meals, then how real can their faith be?

Now heres the tough realization I’ve come to. If we really grasp the love of God, why are we not excited to sing to Him? Why do so many look around or check out the stage like it’s a performance or not sing at all? That does not please the heart of God. He wants us to be excited to praise Him! He wants us to jump for joy and throw our hands up. If we can do it at sports arenas and concerts then why can’t we do it for the Maker of the Universe? We are made to praise. When we think about the pain Jesus endured on the cross so we can be with Him forever and be free from sin, how do we just stand there when our mouths have the opportunity to thank Him? When we think about Him being raised from the dead, shouldn’t that make us want to shout and tell others of the hope we have? And when we think of all He has done for us on a daily basis, shouldn’t we want to drop to our knees or better yet face, in humility of how we are not worthy of such love?

When He comes back what kind of Christian is He going to see in us? My biggest fear in life is to be a lukewarm Christian. His Word is clear when it says:

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
Revelations 3:15, 16

In other words it is better for me to not be a believer then to be one who says all the right things and appears to be godly by my involvement in church, but my actions show differently. To truly love God is to truly love others and think of them first from our family to friends to those we don’t even know (people in line at grocery stores/slow drivers). To truly love God is to ask Him daily for people we can testify to about His greatness. To truly love God is to reach out to those others have given up on. To truly love God is to lift up our husbands and children with our words regardless of their actions. To truly love God is to yearn and desire His presence above all else. And to truly love God is to give our money and resources and time even when it doesn’t make sense. Those in my life who live like this worship when it comes time to gather corporately. They don’t care what others think because they’re seeing God. Their worship is simply an overflow of their love for Him and their life matches it. I want to be like that and I want you to be like that. I want us to be a body of believers who are passionate about God and allow His Holy Spirit to move in us as He wants. This is the only place freedom comes from. You can’t have the fullness of God without acknowledging the power of the Holy Spirit. Its why so many Christians are lukewarm and defeated. Lets be different!

Prayer for Today:
God change us. Make us love you so much we are lovesick. May we have a love encounter with You that leaves us wanting more. May we never be satisfied with going through the motions. Examine our hearts. Purify us and set us on fire so we are truly living. Give us purposes for Your Kingdom. Remind us daily we are living for eternity and one day we will stand before you having to give an account of our actions. You have given us the power to rise above and conquer sin through the Holy Spirit so may we call on Him and not grieve Him by ignoring His purpose. Thank you for raising us from the dead and continuing to do so. You are always there.

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  1. * randi :) says:

    Hey Erin friend,
    Another passion filled post which was awesome to read and soak in. I’ll email you more of my thoughts! Love ya girl!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  2. * Holly says:

    “We are made to praise” When you allow those word to soak in you CANNOT just approach worship with the attitude of ” I hope the music is good today” or “I hope I like the songs” I believe worship is our hearts preaparing for our King as we are ushered into His presence:) Ecclesiastes 5 says…
    Stand in Awe of God
    1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
    2 Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
    God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago


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