Over this last year I have found myself grumbling more than usual. I have always had a cup half-full personality. Yet, I became lost in the mundane tasks of life. We all know it, house cleaning, laundry and trips to the grocery store. Necessary tasks that we can’t ignore to keep our homes running began to dig into me. I found myself growing increasingly frustrated about being a slave to these tasks. I started to despise them and dread them. It was a negative mindset I had created for myself. Through some quiet time I was led back to some old notes I had taken while listening to a podcast. I didn’t write down the speaker but it clearly punched me in the gut then, and without a doubt I needed the reminder. I needed to be reminded that I was created to worship. Now first let me say that I always associated worship with music. But my heart was stirred to a deeper level of worship for our heavenly Father than just pelting out words from my mouth. Worship, I realized, was and is based on His worth and it is our opportunity to value God for who He Is in the midst of everyday life.
In John 4:23,24 from the Message it translates: “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in worship. God is sheer being itself —Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
I have a passion for musical worship and over the years I have heard so often, “Worship, oh that isn’t really my thing. I can’t sing or play an instrument.” But God began highlighting a different level of worship where I could learn to engage him in a new way. Worship isn’t about a musical skill or talent. It is a state of the heart. Worship is our most natural and honest expression of who we are in relation to Him. We were born to worship and anything else would seem dishonest. While music has a gentle way of opening up our hearts for truth and imparting that truth to us it isn’t the only way to worship our creator. Worship is not just a passing expression of emotion. It is learning to daily obey, submit and become friends with God and enter into a relationship with Him. Worship is about having a heart of celebration in the everyday aspects of life. It isn’t about bringing our singing voices on Sunday mornings. It is about having a heart of celebration with God. In Psalm 22:3 it says, “God inhabits the praises of his people.” Pause for a moment and let that truth sink deep into your soul. God IS present when we worship him.
Worship is a constant choice. It is laying down our lives for God and being self-less instead of selfish. The realization that I am an instrument of worship in everything that I do changed how I viewed my mundane tasks. It has allowed me the freedom to worship God in a new way. Instead of dreading the laundry I have learned to worship God for who he is in my life and that I have the blessing of folding laundry and making meals to feed my sweet boys. It has stirred me to replace my grumblings with prayers of blessings over my children as I fold their clothes. Yet, I am fallible.
As I said, worship is a constant choice and some days that choice is harder to make. I have spent a few years trudging through the dark valleys. I have never been disappointed about making the choice to worship God in the midst of heaviness and grief.
Worship is the state of our hearts and our attitudes of worship are what draw Him into us and us into His presence. God can be present in the laundry room or the boardroom. It is up to us to chase after Him with all of our hearts, minds and bodies. A heart truly alive in the presence of God cannot get away with not worshipping Him. We can be truly alive in the dark valleys and in the shadows of our hearts if we just cry out to Him in all honesty and with all that we have to offer. May we come expectant for Him to show up in the relationship everyday. God is good. His love can rewrite your history. When we receive a glimpse of the glory of God in our lives nothing else can satisfy. We were created to worship.