The Wonder of Worship

The Wonder of Worship

I think it’s far too easy for us to go about our daily routines without a thought to what we’re worshiping.  And, inevitably, we are worshiping something. As a definition worship is: The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. (source) But don’t let the word “deity” confuse you. I think it’s almost more accurate to substitute the word “anything” in its place.

Other words for worship include: reverence, veneration, adoration, glorification, glory, exaltation, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, homage, honor… That’s a lot, right? And for each of those I have a feeling we could pick out several things that we would use those words to describe.

Think about the answers to these questions:
I’m devoted to…
I adore…
I was standing in reverence because…
I wanted to praise…
I want to give honor to…

It’s not a bad thing to want to praise someone for a job well done or to give honor to someone. But we give worship to so many things–people, items, feelings, thoughts–without questioning the balance in proportion to the worship we give the Lord. Are we devoted to Him? Do we adore Him? Do we reverence Him? Do we value Him?

The question then becomes: how do we give God our worship? Before we go any further though, let’s not confuse the term “worship” with music. Yes, that’s part of it, but it certainly isn’t the only thing that is an act of worship. In addition to singing, we worship the Lord through prayer, through the teaching and hearing of His word, through communion, and also through fellowship with the saints. All such varied, beautiful ways that we can connect with God and deepen our relationship with him.

The Wonder of Worship by Emilie Hendryx | Putting on the New Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

 

-Psalm 150

I know personally that I can say I want to increase my worship of Him. I remember reading Louie Giglio’s “The Air I Breathe” many years ago and his specific definition of when worship happened was when our perspective or view of God was expanded. That struck me deeply. I know what he meant though. There are those times when I’m reading my Bible and something hits me and all of the sudden I’m seeing God in a new way or understanding a “new” aspect of Him. Of course, it’s not really new, it’s just that He showed me something about Himself.

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I want to challenge us – myself included – to consider switching up how we worship. I’m not calling out for something radical (but if that’s what it takes–ok!). I want us to ask the Lord to develop hearts that worship Him and aren’t tempted to worship (with the same fervor) other things. That we will worship Him in “spirit and truth” (John 4:23). That our praise would be sweet to Him (Psalm 141:2). That our thoughts would mediate on Him (Psalm 19:14). That we would be conscious worshipers, focusing our hearts on Him and Him alone (Luke 4:8; Phil 2:11; Ex 20:3).

Ways to Engage Our Worship

These are just a few ways which I have found that lead me to worship.

  • Get out doors
    This is why I’ve posted some amazing photos here (all from this site). I find my view of God is increased when I see the stunning, breathtaking beauty of His creation.

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  • Spend time with others talking about what God has done
    I’m a story person and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been encouraged and amazed at what I’ve learned about God from others. Whether that be an awesome story someone has shared or a struggle someone has found joy through, my view and love of God always increases in these times. This is the beauty of community.
  • Pray
    I’m not just talking about those quick little prayers during the day (though these are super important) but the ones that focus on the deity and amazing “worship-worthiness” of God. Let your heart and mind be in awe of who He is.
  • Listen to music
    I don’t want to clarify what type of music because there have been times where I’m listening to a beautiful piece of classical music and felt overwhelmed by the creativity the Lord has given people. I am worshiping Him in those times. I also listen to music that has lyrics that glorify Him and direct my attention to worship who He is.
  • CreateThe Wonder of Worship by Emilie Hendryx | Putting on the New
    God is the creator of creativity! This may not be for everyone, but I know that when I create something– a song, a piece of art, a photograph, or even while I’m working on my books–I can use that time to focus on Who has given me the ability to create and through that, I am worshiping Him.
  • Go to church
    What better way to combine a lot of the things that help us to worship Him than through your local church!? You can spend time in fellowship, singing as a congregation, listening to the word preached, and through taking communion. I cannot stress how important church is for our personal (and corporate) worship.
  • Serve others
    This one seems less attached to personal worship, but when we do what the Lord asks of us through His word, we are worshiping Him. Serving others is loving them, the second greatest commandment. It’s also being like Jesus!

I’d love to hear ways you’ve found that increase your worship or focus your attention on our Creator. Please share them with us below!

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Emilie Hendryx About Emilie Hendryx

Emilie is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer living in Dayton, Ohio. She’s a member of ACFW and writes Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, you can find her designing fun bookish items for her Etsy and Society6 shops all while drinking too much coffee.
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Comments

  1. I agree with all these points, Emilie, and what beautiful pictures to go along with your insightful words. I like to pray in the mornings and be thankful for another day. When I write poetry or paint I think about God and lose myself for hours in the creativity. I think about the things He’s brought me through. My art time, especially, is almost like prayer time to me. I’m so thankful that He gave us the gift of creativity.

    As you said, there are so many ways to worship God and be thankful.

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  2. I knew you were an auhor and photographer but not a musician. That’s lovely! I definitely relate to the “create” way to worship. I get together once a week with a small group of artists. I feel like the outsider as the writer, when they are painters, potters, and mixed media people. We have a wonderful time talking and praying and encouraging each other in our kingdom callings of being creators. And often when I’m writing, even if it’s not directly “spiritual”, it feels like an act of worship because it’s coming from that place inside me.

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  3. Janet K. Brown says:

    How neat to think that when we create a story, we worship God. I love that idea. I agree we need to put more worship in our lives. Do everything as unto God. Thanks for the post, Emilie

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  4. Thanks for commenting ladies – for some reason the notification went to my spam mail :/ But yes! I think there is always room for added worship in our lives – and to do it in creative was is just the BEST 🙂

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