Driving in the car, listening to praise music, and suddenly you realize your arm is extending to the ceiling. Your heart overflows with love to the Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus. Tears of joy remind you of His grace and mercy. In your world of worship, you glance over at the car next to you. The driver looks bewildered and a bit confused. Faced with a choice–to act like you are stretching or continue praising God–you continue in worship. Warmth consumes your heart.
How does God receive a heart of praise?
How do we get to the point of praising Jesus before we know the outcome of our prayers? How can we praise Jesus in the middle of suffering? How do we keep a heart of praise when things don’t turn out as planned? And, in what way does our worship to God affect others?
Worship is not about us, but God. Worship is not about receiving, but surrendering our hearts to the Creator of heaven and earth. Jesus gets the glory! Raising our voices in praise to the one who sacrificed His life on the cross and now He sits at the right hand of the Father–Jesus–He deserves the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Where is your heart for worship? Is it based on the outcome of a situation? Does it fluctuate according to your feelings? Do you find yourself saying, “I didn’t care for the praise music at church this morning.” Remember, when we worship God, it’s not about what we can get from God, but what we give back to God. Let’s get real. Ask God to reveal your heart and purpose for worship. The very last verse in the book of Psalms says it all. Write it on a piece of paper and place it in your car or on your mirror in your bathroom as a reminder…
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Ps. 150:6
From My Heart to Yours,