Cultivating a Heart of Worship

img_2664David was a worshiper.

When everything was going great in his life, he worshiped. When he was running from Saul, he worshiped. When one of his children died, he worshiped.

David’s heart was filled with worship and praise for the Lord, no matter his feelings or circumstances.

Elisabeth Elliot, who suffered many trials in her life, always found a way to turn her focus back to God. In her book Let Me Be a Woman, she stated that “Worship is not an experience. Worship is an act, and this takes discipline. We are to worship ‘in spirit and in truth.’ Never mind about the feelings. We are to worship in spite of them.”

Worship is not a certain time when we must sing praises to the Lord. And it has nothing to do with how we feel in the moment or how our current circumstances are.

Worship is having a heart that praises the Lord at every moment.

But what does having a heart of worship actually look like?

Eugene Peterson once stated that “Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship.”

Worship makes you see God in a different way. It allows you to discover Him in a new light.

Having a heart that is filled with worship every day changes your perspective on life. It will lead you to look away from the hardships and instead look to the good of our God.

Author Holley Gerth said that “Worship is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts.”

The enemy (Satan) will try to tear you down. He will try make you hurt any way that he can. But keeping your faith in the Lord through daily worship will help you combat the enemy’s arrows.

The Bible is filled with great worshipers, from David to Paul. But Job I think is a great example of a worshiper through all circumstances.

Job was a man who loved the Lord. But when the enemy took control Job’s life, you would think that he would turn from the Lord. But he didn’t. Even after his children died, Job chose to worship the Lord (Job 1:20). He kept his heart in a state of worship. He kept his focus on God, even when times got tough.

Cultivating a heart of worship means keeping your heart in tune with the Lord at all times.

It doesn’t mean lifting your hands in praise or singing songs for His glory. (Although those are great ways to worship the Lord.)

Cultivating a heart of worship looks like having a mindset of all the good God has done. Of all the ways He has blessed you. Of all the ways He is with you each day.

Worshiping can be hard sometimes, whether you are in good or tough times. But praising God for who He is and what He does is one of the best ways to show our reverence to Him.

I want to leave you with a few quotes about cultivating a heart of worship:

“There are no unique postures and times and limitations that restrict our access to God. My relationship with God is intimate and personal. The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us.” –Ravi Zacharias

“Worship is more than singing. It’s more than just lyrics to a song. Worship is standing in the presence of God and declaring praises to His name.” –Unknown

In His amazing love,

Stephanie Steele

What are some ways that you can start cultivating a heart of worship to the Lord? Leave them in the comments below!

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