a call to die – day 21: true worship

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” – Romans 12:1

For lunch today, I was blessed by one of my best friends.  It’s not often we get to have lunch together so when we do – it’s a blessing.  {Thank you my friend.}

After deciding what to order, we were catching up on what was going on in our lives.  At some point during our conversation, the topic turned to music.  We were talking about the latest songs and videos we had recently heard that touched our hearts, then we got to talking about worship (services) and how different it is when someone worships rather than just singing a song. 

Little did I know that today’s topic would be about True Worship.

True worship, according to Nasser’s words, is “turning your mind’s attention and your heart’s affection to God.  It is declaring, by word and deed, God’s great goodness, power, and mercy.”

Nasser then offers four ways we can connect our minds and hearts with the songs we sing, making the act of singing worship.

“1. Let the song be a spotlight on your heart.” 

            Allow the words of the song to reveal to you any sin in your life, allowing you at that moment to confess that sin and ask for forgiveness.

“2. Let the songs be the cry of your heart.”

            While singing, if you realize what you’re singing is not truly your heart, turn the words of the song into a prayer.

“3. Let the song be a benchmark of integrity.”

            Nasser tells us that if we think about what the song is saying, and those are not the cry of our hearts, (and we don’t want them to be) then “don’t sing.”  He says be honest with God about those words.

“4. Let the song be translated into action.”

            If a song talks about the quiet moments with God, those times spent in prayer, then take some quiet moments and spend time in prayer.  If the song is about “crying out to God, take some time to be alone with God” – cry out to Him.  If the song is about serving, then serve. 

Nasser uses the term “walking worshipers” which is not about people walking and singing at the same time.  It’s about using our bodies as “acts of worship” throughout the day.  We worship when we serve others, when we help them.  Remember, “Every single thing we do to honor God is worship.”  Nasser is quick to warn us though, don’t “parade our righteousness.”  If you’re helping someone so they can see you ‘helping someone’ that is not honoring God.

I end today with a video.  Take some time to listen to the words of the song and think about how you can apply the four ways (not necessarily all of them) to your life.

Until tomorrow, Start memorizing Psalm 116:1-2.

Becoming a “walking worshiper” by Following 2 Serve – Love, {Lorna}

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About Follow 2 Serve {Lorna}

I am a follower of Christ and I love to serve Him. I am married with two sons. I received my Liberal Arts Associate Degree in May of 2012. My hobbies are reading, crocheting, quilting, knitting, nature photography, and being with my sons.
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4 Responses to a call to die – day 21: true worship

  1. Sam says:

    Worship unfurls my heart and creates a flow… out with the old, unwanted, not necessary… in with the new, fresh and delightful of the Lord.

    Worship as a spotlight is a great way to think of it!

  2. Dianne says:

    I always feel closer to God when we sing a song of Worship and Glory, Praise. Yet, I know it is not the same as a Prayer. When you honor God, by doing good for others, always keep that between you and God.

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