Monday, March 18, 2013

The Purpose Driven Life - Day 13

Day 13 - Worship That Pleases God

We have learned of many aspects of worship and pleasing God through worship.  But how can we worship God if we do not know Him? We need to understand God and the way to do that is to learn His word through the Bible. In doing so we can accurately worship Him, not just our idea of who we believe God to be.  When it comes down to it, isn't that what we all want? To be known - to be understood - for people to 'get us'?  God wants the same thing!  For us to 'get Him'. We would not worship a chef for his carpentry skills.  So make sure you know and understand the Lord in all His glory. 

Doing so will enable your worship to be authentic.  As Pastor Rick says, we can worship God imperfectly, but we cannot worship Him insincerely.  God is not interested in idle praise. He wants our time with Him to be sincere and passionate. Meaningful. From the heart. From the soul,. From the mind. From the body.  Every aspect of self should be a part of our worship of Christ. 

There is no one-size-fits-all idea of worship.  The world is filled with different cultures, spiritual backgrounds, techniques, abilities, none of these things are what is important.  What is important is that our intentions are pure. As we learned before - we must be sincere about what is in our heart.  Remember, God knows a bluff when He sees one. 

We've all heard and have probably said "I'll be there in spirit"  - haven't we? Well, the truth of the matter is that sentiment is really meaningless.  It sounds nice.  But it isn't practical.  God wants practical worship.  You cannot get away with saying to God  - "Hey Lord! I wanted to worship you today but I had to get my nails done, but you know I was there in spirit!"  It just doesn't work that way.  We are spirit and our spirits live in the body we were given in this earthly form.  Therefore we actually have to be present in body or it doesn't count.  The Bible speaks of many forms of worship - thanksgiving, praise, humility, repentance, offerings of money, prayer, serving others and sharing with those in need ... each of these require an actual showing up of self. Don't forget to include God in your schedule! Don't forget to show up in worship!

Have we learned yet that worship is work? It is not something to be taken lightly. Nor is it something you can fluff off. It is a necessary commitment to our Heavenly Father.  With that said, we must be mindful of our words. God is not interested in fluffy - drawn out - glorifications and proclamations.  Pastor Rick often says that he more enjoys observing a new believer in prayer than a seasoned believer.  Because they are thoughtful in their words. Prayer should not be scripted. Otherwise you may as well just repeat 'Our Father, who art in Heaven' twelve times a day. If you had the same conversation - over and over with a loved one - that would get pretty old, pretty fast.  The same is trye with God.  You were blessed with intelligence and God wants you to use it when speaking through your heart.  Don't be afraid to mix it up a bit. Learn some different names for God.  Try Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, Father, God, Jesus, My Saviour. And don't forget to be thankful in your prayer, not always just bringing a laundry list of things He can do for you today. ;)

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." - Mark 12:30 (NIV)