II Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

I remember throughout most of my young life absolutely dreading the singing part of our church service. Our only musical instrument was a piano and all the songs seemed to go on forever with words that I was sure came straight from the 1400s. Whenever someone said the word worship I would cringe. But as I grew older, my view of worship began to shift.

I went to a friend’s church when I was a senior in high school and the music there was beautiful. It was raw and real. It rocked. For the first time ever I encountered God through music. Then the pastor talked about how worship isn’t just about singing; it’s a lifestyle.

Maybe you’ve been having a hard time worshipping God lately, or maybe it’s something you’ve always struggled with. To break through, you need to find how you best connect to God, because every person is different. Maybe it’s when you’re walking through a forest, or praying alone in your room, or singing at the top of your lungs in your car. Whatever it is, find it and then do it. Worship is a lifestyle. As Christian author Richard J. Foster so eloquently put it, “Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father.”

QUESTION 1. How do you feel about worship? Do you see it just as the songs you sing on a Sunday?
QUESTION 2. When do you feel closest to God? Whatever it is, if you’re doing it for God’s praise and glory, it’s worship.
CHALLENGE: Find a worship style that works for you and then worship Him with all your heart and with every area of your life.
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