It is likely that you want to love the Lord and worship Him only. This desire is planted deep in every believer's new heart.
Yet the world produces so many exciting idols at such a rapid pace that we find our heads buried in our phones, monitors, televisions, and amazon apps afraid we're missing out on something new and exciting.
Sometimes we get stuck in this. Maybe you realize you're stuck in this for now.
So how do you move from where you are to where you want to be?
Here are a few things, three worship skills you can start doing today to take a stand and begin afresh to love the Lord and worship Him only.
The first skill is to cultivate a sense of passion for the Lord.
What stokes your passion for the Lord? Good music? A good book? Good food? Helping others? Christian community? A worship gathering? Hiking? Craft beer? Walking barefoot in freshly mowed grass? It's important to realize these are gifts God gives you to nurture your heart for Him.
We do not need to compartmentalize the sacred from the common. Walking barefoot in the grass or drinking a craft beer with faith in God's loving provision may be more worshipful than singing a worship song without faith.
For each of us, there are experiences like hiking in the mountains or seeing a beautiful sunset which moves us beyond the beauty before our eyes to the Lord who created all things for His glory. It's a great skill to make the connection between beauty and the joy it brings with the Lord which beauty reflects.
If it's hiking, hike with joy in the Lord. If it's by helping others, embrace the opportunity to serve in the power of Christ. If certain songs fill your heart with a passion for Christ, rather than have these songs in the background while you graze online, open your heart and tune into His presence.
The words of our Lord and meaningful bible passages are words of life which can kindle your passion for our Lord. Here are two that bless me every time. Read these slowly, even repeatedly with a heart of trust. What stands out? What does God want you to know and trust? How do you respond?
Jesus invites apathetic, ho-hum Christians to deeper fellowship below,
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)
The apostle Paul makes no invitation but assures believers of our great blessings in Christ,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:3-8)
The rich truths of God's grace trusted and experienced foster a passion for the Lord like nothing else.
Other biblical practices can also help your heart to love the Lord and worship Him only.
One of these is prayer, speaking and sharing with God while trusting that He desires to hear from you and that He answers prayer.
Another biblical aid is confession, particularly when you stray from God and your heart feels ashamed, walled up, or empty. Don't think Catholic priest here. Confession is deeply relational. It gives God the opportunity to cleanse you of the shame you feel and to reassure you of His love and acceptance (1 John 1:9). Shame of course, hinders your passion for the Lord. While assurance of His love stokes your fire.
A second worship skill to develop is response; actively respond to God in the moment.
Noticing God in creation, song, or in His word is great but actively responding to Him is transforming. Trusting in His love touches our hearts, but His love is also meant to shape our lives. It is easy to say we trust the Lord, or we love the Lord. We do. But something profound and meaningful happens when we act on our faith, when we express our love.
- Love listens, love cares
- Love trusts what the Beloved says
- Love yields and submits, meaning love allows the Beloved to love us and to act in our best interests
- Love imitates the one it loves
- Love meets needs, love serves
- Love rejoices and praises
- Love obeys
A third worship skill for you to foster is the art of seeing all of life as an opportunity to worship God.
While it stinks that Christians cannot meet together during COVID-19, that's just one means of worship.
Singing our Lord's praise with your church family and praying words of adoration are wonderful ways to express your faith and worship, but you can worship God anytime and anywhere. Not just in song. Not only with your church.
Whenever by faith you act to honor or serve or obey the Lord, you worship Him.
Whether you are at home, in class, or on the job, whether you're alone inside or out in public, whether you're at the Lord's table or at the dinner table, begin to see all of life as an opportunity to love the Lord and worship Him only.