Why do we then drag along without joy? We forget to remember the good deeds God has done in our lives. We forget to praise God and worship him. But if we do not worship we are “swept into a vast restlessness, epidemic in the world, with no steady direction and no sustaining purpose“, says Edmund Clowney.
God does not need our worship or praise. But we do. Sam storms states that our satisfaction in God is incomplete until expressed in praise of Him for satisfying us. Hence God’s efforts to solicit our worship is both the most loving thing He could do to us and the most glorifying thing he could do for himself. Sam Storms concludes “For in my gladness in Him is His glory in me”.
Thank God! Call out his Name!
Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done!
Sing to him! Play songs for him!
Broadcast all his wonders!
(I Chronicles 16:8-9, MSG)
When we worship, our whole inner being is redirected and refocused on God. That’s when we find balance. That’s when we find peace. That’s when we find hope. God needs to be the center of our lives. Only then we can be jubilant. Only then we can be full of joy and zeal.
This is only possible when we keep on reveling in God. This is only possible when we keep on praising, thanking, and worshipping God. As Edmund Clowney puts it “Failure to worship consigns us to a life of spasms and jerks, at the mercy of every advertisement, every seduction, every siren. Without worship we live manipulated and manipulating lives”. Lord, have mercy!
The longer we go without worship and praise,
the more joyless we become.
The less we worship,
the more we depend on ourselves.
The more we focus on ourselves,
the further from God we live.
Like John Piper has said “Trying to work for God without worshipping God results in joyless legalism. Work minus worship magnifies your will power not God’s worth. If you try to do things for God without delighting in God you bring dishonor upon God. Serving God without savoring God is lifeless and unreal”. What to do then?
Revel in his holy Name,
God-seekers, be jubilant!
Study God and his strength,
seek his presence day and night;
Remember all the wonders he performed,
the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth.
(I Chronicles 16:10-12, MSG)
To be Christian is to be jubilant. Because our God is awesome, amazing and very much alive. If you do not feel the joy of the Lord, stay in the presence of God until you do.
To be Christian is to praise and worship God. Because when we truly worship God, we are changed. When we wholeheartedly praise God, we are blessed.
We worship you!
Change us according to your will.
We praise you!
Bless us according to our needs.
We revel in you!
Make us exuberant and jubilant
because you are our awesome God!
We adore you!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What’s your take on praise and worship? Do you need it?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you broadcast all the wonders of God!
Giving thanks today for
#491 to be Christian is to be jubilant
#492 to be Christian is to praise and worship God
#493 when we worship, God changes us
#494 when we praise Him, God blesses us
#495 we find everything in God
#496 God is the source of life
#497 in God we find balance
#498 in God we find peace
#499 God is worthy of praise
#500 God wants us to be joyfully jubilant
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