By Karen Friday
What does a daily life of worship look like? It probably looks different than you may think. Here’s encouragement for you.
What Does Worship Look Like?
“We went to worship this morning.”
“Join us this Sunday for worship.”
We often limit worship to church services. Or worship becomes about music intended to lead us into God’s presence. These are both good things.
Gathering with the family of God for corporate worship is biblical and powerful. And anointed music that speaks directly to our hearts carrying us before God’s throne room in awe? It helps our soul and points us to the Holy One.
But do we realize the Almighty is worthy of our daily worship? Are we faithful to give him praise and thanksgiving every day, and not just on Sundays and special holidays?
The Struggle to Worship God Daily
We are called to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, an act of spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1). It’s far too easy to allow the world and the enemy to distract us from worship in our daily lives.
Notice we are in a constant spiritual struggle. Recognize how living in this world clashes with not being of this world. Or, the ongoing battle between our flesh and spirit. Also, the conflict between our old self and our new self in Christ.
These struggles put us at risk of distractions that pull us away from worshiping God. Instead, our hearts only worship our desires and ways, and what the world has to offer.
But this is nothing new.
Throughout the history of the world, the history of God’s people, and the history of the Bible, the choice always stood in place. Either worship God or something else.
“Something else” includes everything from people and things to idols and self-worship to fame and fortune. But we can learn to worship God in daily life, and here’s how.
What Does Worship Look Like in Daily Life?
Let’s look at some examples of worship in daily life.
Worship in Creation
God’s creation points us to worship. It’s simply recognizing the beauty surrounding us.
Every time we gaze at a sunset, see a glimmer of light shining through the window, stand in awe at the twinkling of stars or the ebb and flow of the ocean, let it remind us, all of creation worships our glorious God.
Worship Through Holiness
The imagery here both makes my soul leap and causes me to pause:
“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.” Psalm 24:3-4 (ESV)
David knew what it meant to stand in God’s presence. He also knew how sin separated him from God.
The Lord created our souls to desire the ascent up his hill and to stand in his holy place. But it requires that we submit to the Lord’s holiness in our lives and allow him to cleanse us from sin.
Clean hands and a pure heart means surrendering to God’s Word and asking him to cleanse us. This is worship.
Worship the Lord’s holiness and offer thanksgiving and praise for making us more holy.
Worship by Seeking God
The Bible encourages us to seek the Lord’s kingdom and righteousness in Matthew 6:33. To pray, seek God’s face, and turn from wicked ways for forgiveness of sin and healing of our land here on earth in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
And Hebrews 11:6 tells us God rewards those who earnestly seek him.
“He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah” Psalm 24:5-6 (ESV)
What we seek, we worship. What we worship, we seek.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I seeking to please people or God? (Galatians 1:10)
- Do I seek things or God’s will about how I spend the resources he gives me?
- Do I seek my own kingdom or God’s kingdom in my life?
- Am I seeking notoriety, position, beauty, knowledge or fortune? Or, am I seeking the God seated on his holy throne, spiritual riches, treasure in heaven and wisdom from above?
Ask God to let creation surrounding you remind you to worship. Ask him to give you a desire to truly seek his face daily as an act of worship. May he give you clean hands and a pure heart as you worship his holiness and become more holy.
Wife Step: Ponder one of the questions in the bulleted list. Take it before God in prayer every day this week, and ask him to help you worship him in your daily life.
Karen Friday is a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader. A blogger, Karen “Girl” Friday engages a community every week, Hope is Among Us. She has published a number of articles and devotions in both print and online media, and is currently working on her first book. Vulnerable about her own marriage journey, Karen knows life never gets more real than as a wife. Karen and her husband Mike have two grown children and two grandchildren. The entire family is fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” They owe Monday an apology. Visit her blog at KarenGirlFriday.com
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