For the next few days…we’ll be sending out a few reminders regarding the 40-day challenge to form Habits of Grace. The first reminder is about the first word of the challenge…Habits. According to the dictionary habits are:
a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up
The question becomes…have we made what we’ve studied habits yet? If not, let these be reminders to keep going…if you have let these reminders be encouragements as you practice.
And now a quick word regarding Worship:
“…I don’t think we actually mean “worship” when we say the word. We use it more as a noun than a verb.
Worship simply means to give worth, love, and admiration to someone or something. Of course, it’s easy to attend a “worship service” or sing “worship music” and be far from actually worshiping, just like it’s easy to give God, people, or things worth, love, and admiration outside of an official worship gathering. While worship is certainly not confined to gatherings or music, this seems to be the only intentional space in which we think to do it.
Worship comes in many forms. God initiates and we respond. When music sparks the love of God within us, we sing. When nature speaks to our heart, we give thanks, we show our adoration, we acknowledge God and his beauty. Prayer, fasting, and meditation allow us to tune in. Submission, service, confession, and simplicity create a humble posture. Study teaches us how to tap into the frequency of gratitude. Guidance shows us where to find God. We become aware, we respond, and a relationship is created and nurtured. This is how we learn we are loved. This is how we grow spiritually.
I find space for worship in lots of places: church, nature, at home alone. Sometimes for me it’s as simple as an AA meeting or tucking my kids into bed. If worship is simply our response to God reaching out to us, then can we not carry this posture into almost everything we do?”
Foster, Nathan. The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines (p. 170). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 ESV)
Questions and Ideas on Worship:
How do you prepare to come into the worship service on Sundays, how do you prepare to be ready to worship God?
What value do you and your family place on the corporate worship of the body together?
What are the benefits of corporate worship?
Imagine you have a friend who expresses that he is disillusioned with corporate worship…”the church has become too _________ (insert “political”, “greedy”, “irrelevant”, “self-absorbed”, “too much like a business”, etc). He tells you he doesn’t need to be “in church” every week…he states he can get as much or more out of sermons online and fellowship with other Christians over coffee or a meal during the week. How would you respond to him?
“If you will not worship God seven days a week you do not worship Him on one day a week.” A. W. Tozer
How do YOU have private worship time?
Consider some of the following ideas:
- Start personal time in prayer acknowledging what Jesus did to allow us to come to the Father.
- Delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4). How can you express your delight?
- Focus on His attributes and who He is, not what He’s done.
- Time of repentance – you are already forgiven, but we need to turn away from the sin in our lives.
- Read or pray a Psalm.