Chapter 10: Lord, Prepare Me to Be a True Worshiper

This is my favorite chapter in this whole book so far!  I LOVE to worship!  All of my Facebook friends have to endure my worship on my page… I go to youtube when the Spirit moves me and I type in one of my favorite Christian Contemporary groups/singers.   It could be Chris Tomlin… Paul Baloche…. 10th Avenue North… Hillsong…. Mercy Me…. I pick one of their songs…and of course, as I am listening to it, there in the right sidebar is a listing of MORE songs that I love!  So I link the one I am listening to on my Facebook page, and I am off!

Music is my way to worship.   Being a musician myself, not only does the music move me, I love listening to the words.   I hear God speaking to me, reminding me of things that I have forgotten.  When I am awakened at night by a bad dream, I start singing praise songs in my head to calm me down.   When I am at work feeling especially stressed out about something, I open a window on my computer and start Pandora on a Christian contemporary page.   It has such a calming, soothing effect.  At work, I probably drive people nuts going around singing praise songs out of the blue.  But it’s my way to worship.   I love to worship with music.

I liked the comment Stormie made “When I praised and worshiped God, it was like being hooked up to a spiritual IV.”  – YES!  That is exactly how I feel.  Everything melts away… anxiety … GONE.  fear… GONE.  confusion … GONE.  worry … you got it!  GONE!

We have just recently started attending a new church.  One of the first things my husband and I noticed was that the worship leader chose songs….sometimes really old praise songs… but the congregation was singing it.  Not just singing… belting out songs.   “Heart of Worship” … have you ever heard 200 people singing it in a small worship center before the sermon?   We’ve been to churches where some people sing, but most just stand there… totally unmoved.   This new church … it’s invigorating to be among 200 people who are singing praises to the Lord corporately.   It’s really moving.

So, I will leave you with one of my favorite songs that I start one of my Facebook “worship services” with.   It always reminds me that God is so much bigger than me, and I am so small … I am so unworthy, but he believes I am so worth it.   It is so overwhelming to realize at what great lengths God will go for me.   I am blessed.

Hope this takes you on a “Facebook worship session”… or just hang out on youtube and listen.  :)

Who Am I

3 thoughts on “Chapter 10: Lord, Prepare Me to Be a True Worshiper

  1. This message really resonates with me. Over the years I have been learning that along with private worship (or in church), just keeping Christian music on in my house during the day, whether I’m in the room or not, wards off the enemy’s attacks. Especially praise songs, or songs about the blood of Jesus–these especially lift me up and help me fight off temptation and discouragement. It reminds me of Joshua and his army, marching around that fortress, singing and shouting praises. We need to keep at this until the walls fall down–no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.
    This also helps me abide in Christ throughout the day, so the devil can’t steal my joy–that way when my love comes home, he comes home to a happy woman, ready to serve him with a positive (and rested) spirit. I find myself taking a lot more joy in the simple things when my mind and heart are resting in God–and worship helps this! God is really brilliant for creating it, and inspiring it within us.

    One of my favorite songs that I find uplifting, and powerful (My Soul Finds Rest/Psalm 62 by Aaron Keyes):

  2. Awesome blog! Yeah singing music is definitely my way of worshipping God. The way I feel closest to him, the way I feel his presence and his love for me.The way I feel strengthened and renewed. When I sing there is freedom to express how I am feeling as the words of the song tell my story. I love it.

    God has given me a gift of singing and it is wonderful to be able to sing out to God with a voice that he has given me. He doesn’t give us gifts and talents for no reason, he gave them to us to benefit us, to help us get closer to him. When we use our gifts for the glory of God, we are transformed and changed more to the likeness of God because our heart, mind, soul, effort and face are turned upward! That is when God can do the most change in us. When we are vulnerable in his presence wanting more of him!

    Beautiful! Oh and by the way, I also love Casting Crowns. They make amazing music!

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