A few weeks ago I was with our new Worship Community at the Fletton Centre. They asked me to talk about Worship in our personal lives. It was such a great evening together that I thought I would turn my notes into a couple of articles for Life News.
How can we cultivate worship in our own day-to-day lives?
This is such a critical question, especially in a culture that promotes the upfront performance. When you can’t play a chord on a guitar, and when you sing it sounds more like a cat being strangled, what do you do to worship in the everyday as well as on a Sunday?
Let’s look at Psalm 105:1-4:
‘Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
Make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.’
The main phrase which I would like us to give attention to is that last phrase ‘seek his face always’.
Before reading on, why don’t you grab a blank piece of paper and take a moment to write down what you think this verse means? If you like mindmapping, go crazy! Otherwise, why don’t you make a list or just scribble a few notes?
Note that the first word used in our focus phrase is ‘seek’. This speaks of a life that is centred and shaped after and around the pursuit of God himself.
Chris Bowater, worship leader and songwriter, put it like this:
‘A desire to know God, to meet with him. This is the key to … worship’.
This seeking means actively orientating your life to be shaped and aligned to knowing and enjoying God for who he is. In many ways, seeking (as used here) could be easily interpreted as adventuring, like many of the earlier pioneers into Africa or North America. There was a courage and an unsettled spirit that was driven to know and experience more. This is the heart of a true personal worshipper.
How about you?
When you are at home, and don’t have any worship CDs to hand, is there an unsettledness within you to seek after and know more of God?
More next week …