Worship is how we show our adoration and thankfulness for God. How we live our whole lives is worship to God, as Romans 12:1 says: ‘…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.’ Therefore what we think about, how we spend our time and how we love people is all worship. However worship is also about singing and pouring out our love for God as Psalm 96 v2 says: ‘Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.’ In fact I have found songs incredibly helpful on many occasions; they have given me the words to express to God what is on my heart. Here is just one example of a song, I have written about others elsewhere as detailed at the end of this post.
The song Reckless Love by Cory Ashbury reminds me of the story of the prodigal son a told in Luke 15:11-32. I love how when we become a Christian God our Father comes bounding to meet us as we choose to turn from our ‘prodigal’ or rebellious ways without God. Or as Romans 5:8 describes it: ‘but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ What’s more as Jeremiah 31:3 and Psalm 103:17 state this love is everlasting. ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8) and ‘…God is love’ (1 John 4:8). Now that is something you be joyful and thankful about!
Thank you God for the gift of worship songs which help us connect with you and express our heart to you. We love you God and would like to thank you for your unconditional and everlasting love for us.
Now this post might have left you thinking that you agree you need to worship God as a Christian but how do you practically go about this if you are chronically sick? I write about some strategies I have found helpful here.
Note: Songs mentioned in my other posts:
- Praise You in This Storm by Casting Crowns is featured in Some Thoughts on Psalm 62;
- My Soul Finds Rest by Stuart Townsend and Aaron Keyes is featured in Some Thoughts on Psalm 62;
- Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture is featured in Not Letting Disappointments and Difficult Times Define You;
- Reckless Love by Cory Ashbury is featured in Identity with Chronic Illness;
- 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman is featured in Cultivating a Spirit of Thankfulness;
- Who you say I am by Hillsong is featured in My Identity in Christ;
- Come Holy Spirit by Soul Survivor is featured in Come Holy Spirit;
- Oh Happy Day by Edwin Hawkins Singers is featured in Oh Happy Day!;
- Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music is featured in Raise a Hallelujah, Heaven Comes to Fight for Me;
- Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Chisholm is featured in Great is Thy Faithfulness;
- David wrote many a new song to God expressing his heart and we are very blessed to have the Psalms where many are recorded. See my post Some Thoughts on Psalm 62 for how this specific psalm has spoken to me.