How can you live a lifestyle of worship?
Psalm 8:1, 3-6 (NKJV)
1 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than £ the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
Before we can say anything about worship, we must come to grips with this idea of the awesomeness of God. For worship can never be the sole work of the rational mind. In the presence of Almighty God, as the Psalmist David discovered, the sense of wonder and awe comes naturally and leaves us changed. But without the capability of awe we will never come into His presence. (John 4:23-24)
Experience vs. Event
Since the days of our first parents in the Garden of Eden, worship has walked a tightrope between lifestyle and liturgy. When God walked in the Garden with His first children in the cool of the day, Adam and Eve worshiped Him as we should—without interruption. The Creator and His creatures experienced a continual, ongoing exchange of worship and praise. God provided everything Adam and Eve needed, and they responded with praise—with gratitude, reverence, honor, submission, and holy fear.
Yet the experience of worship evolved into scheduled event. After Adam and Eve sinned, their state of worship was interrupted, and they were expelled from God’s presence. The next thing we see are their sons engaged in an act of worship—the bringing of offerings to the Lord. Instead of worship being the uninterrupted experience of man, sin necessitated the scheduling of worship to a time and a place (Gen. 4:3-4). This is not the way it is supposed to be done.
Appointed vs. Perpetual
Reading the elaborate and detailed plans God gave to Israel by which they were to worship in the Tabernacle illustrates the legitimacy of appointed times and places of worship. And yet as a backdrop to the appointed times of worship were the perpetual acts of worship which went on before the Lord day and night (Exodus 30:8; Leviticus 6:12; 24:5-9).
But when we get to the New Testament, we find something different. Believers are the new temple and priests of God (I Timothy 3:15; I Peter 2:5, 9). Like the priesthood of old , we are to worship at appointed times as well as to worship perpetually.
Be consistent and punctual at Sunday and Wednesday corporate worship
It has become increasingly popular in our culture for believers to exempt themselves from corporate worship. Not only is this unbiblical (Hebrews 10:24-25), it deprives us of the intimacy of our relationship with the Father and the accompanying blessings that follow. Don’t skip coming to church because you may be going through a trial or hardship. It is during those times that the body of believers are most beneficial to you. We can pray with you, listen to you, hug you, love you, help you and just be there for you.
Be consistent and faithful at your times of personal worship
It has also become widespread for believers to plan time with God while driving, showering, exercising, and washing the dishes. I am convinced that this practice should not be a substitute for a personal "quiet" time with God. Distractions do just that—they distract! Make sure you are setting aside priority time daily to be alone with God in prayer, Bible study, and personal worship.
Develop and cultivate the practice of unceasing worship
Everyone has times during the day when discretionary minutes present themselves. Instead of turning on the television, flipping through a magazine, calling a friend, or dozing off, get in the practice of redeeming the time to focus on the Lord. Communing continually with God throughout the day and night is the experience of worship (Psalm 16:7; 63:6; 119:48).
Offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God. This is an exhortation in the strongest of terms from the Apostle Paul (Romans 12:1). When we make the transition in our thinking from offering a sacrifice of worship to becoming a sacrifice of worship...we are moving toward reclaiming the experience of worship which we have lost. We offer our sacrifice of worship—time, talent, and treasure—but we are the sacrifice God desires most.
Living every moment in the wonder of worship will change the way you live every day.