What does it mean to really praise God? How do I as a Christian give him the due respect and honor that God truly deserves. Can I ever properly worship him and praise him? "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength" Mark 12:30. How? I have given God my heart, I believe in the life, death and resurrection of Christ. I want with my whole being to love, serve and live the life God has designed me for.
But how do I give of myself that which will measure up to what He has already given me. Can I? No, and there is the rub. We can't truly give God the Glory he deserves with o ur earthly sin filled bodies. We can only strive and desire to. To seek his face and not his hands. To worship and rejoice him with our thoughts, with our words, with our song, with our eyes, ears, hands, feet and stomach. Mostly with our actions but ultimately with our hearts. We can love and worship Him by loving his creation, those that are created in His image. If we love and serve others, we love and serve Him.
We can worship Him with our thoughts. By praying and conversing with Him. If we can spend our time meditating on His word and talking to God, we can learn his will. We can learn to worship Him, how he deserves to be praised and how we can give him glory and honor. Deu 32:3 "Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God." Psa 48:9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
We can worship him with our song and our ears. By singing and listening to music which is based on the love and worship of God, we can actually feel God's love. How he pursues us and how we pursue him. Being in the room with other believers singing his praises, shouting joy and "rejoicing in the lord always" is a great feeling. But it is not about how we feel or what we get out of it, the ultimate goal of singing, worship and praise is to give God the respect and worship he deserves in the small little way we can. Using our God given voices, making beautiful music he allowed us to know how to make, is just one way we can celebrate God. 1Ch 16:9 "Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works."
We can worship and praise God with our words. It is with great effort that we must control our tongues. But by limiting the garbage we hear with our ears and see with our eyes, we can limit the garbage that comes out of our mouth. The words we utter should be reverent awe and devotion to our Lord and Savior. He is our Omni in All, the creato r of all things in heaven and on earth. With this in mind, it is easier to speak the words that will fully describe how we feel and how we love him. If we can speak the many blessings he has laid upon us, give him thanks for all the good and the bad, we can then begin start to say the things which will exemplify Him. And our words are not only what we speak but what is written.
We must also remember to write the many wonderful attributes about God. The many awesome things he has done today, tomorrow and in the past. The mystery of Him who made us is the perfect manifestation of His thoughts written down for all to see, to hear and to learn. The words he wants us to have, that is all that we are required to deliver, nothing more or less. Anything else is a waste of time and effort. Psa 89:1 "...I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations."
With our hands we can worship our C reator, the one and only True God of the Universe. But with my hands, really? Yes especially with the hands. God created each limb for a specific purpose, and with each of these we can lift them up to him and worship and praise him as is befitting. But with our hands we can do wonderful things. We can heal the sick and injured. Prepare the food we need to live. Hold the hand of the one we love. Grab someone and keep them from falling and arming themselves. We can use our hands to carry a special gift to someone in need, or a needed meal or just a loving arm around the shoulder.
And all of these expressions with our hands can and should be done with love. Our hand can go up in the air in praise and supplication. Our hands can clap the joy we feel. Our hands can open the Bible to worship him. And our hands can give the love of God in all their intended purpose. John 13:35 "A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so y ou must love one another."
We worship God with our feet. By stamping our feet on the ground in rhythm to the beat, we can exalt the Lord and give him the worship he rightly requires. But more we can worship God by using our feet to take us to the places and people He so deems appropriate. We worship with our feet by walking to church, by walking next door to a neighbor who does not know Christ, who is "the way, the truth and the life." By using our feet to take us to the sick, the widows and orphans, we are doing these things to him and are worshipping and honoring him. Our feet are great tools that can be used for worship. Rom 10:15 "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! "
We worship God with our stomachs. Yes even our stomachs. What does this mean? That what we eat and do not eat show our dep endence on him. If we gorge ourselves fully, we are dishonoring him. But yet it is by the stomach that we can worship him by abstaining from food; fasting and praying. It is with the fast that we are putting down all other needs and putting God first. We put down the things that can distract us from him and will distract us from fully worshiping and hearing him. To give him praise purely.
Our stomachs can worship him. If we can abstain from fulfilling every desire through our mouths, by not eating at all and being wholly dependent on him for our survival, it is by these expressions with our stomachs that we do give him the magnificence and greatness he should receive. Luk 15:23 "And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry:" 1Cr 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
But how do we worship him if we do not have eyes to see his excellence, ears to hear the exultation, tong ues to speak the truth, words to write in worship, hands to raise in honor, feet to walk in faith and stomachs to remain steadfast. It is with our hearts. We can give him the love he so desires and we can commit our hearts to his son Christ. We can feel the exultation, the glory, the honor in our hearts. We can feel the joy, the awe, and the rejoicing in our hearts. We are capable of the love that we were created to give and receive. And it is with our hearts that we, as believers, are commanded to love him and love others as we love ourselves. Col 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
So how do we worship and praise God. We do it with our whole being from head to toe, from heart to soul. We love and honor him with our action and our thoughts. But mostly we bring him the true honor and praise when we acknowledge him in our lives. Putting him squarely in the middle of our lives where he should be. When we love him openly and honestly, we truly can begin to feel and see the wonder of his sovereignty. All of this is from him, I could not have written or thought any of this without him. So I must give him the full credit and thank him above all. May you worship God as he truly deserves and May you feel the blessing he so truly wants you to experience. God bless.
Copyright © John Boggeman
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