Worship: What’s Your Attitude?
Do you ever think about your worship attitude? What appearances does the worship attitude of your church’s Sunday service reveal? Tommy, a little boy, knelt at his bedside one night after attending church one Sunday morning and prayed, ”Dear God, we had a good time at church today, but I wish you had been there!” Do you ever leave church on Sunday morning and wonder what happened? Is it your worship team’s fault that you didn’t feel the presence of God or could it your attitude?
It is our purpose to worship our creator deeper than just motions or lip service. We have to do more than just check the box on our ”to do” list on Sunday so we can say, “went to church,” completed. Worship is so much more than church attendance on Sunday morning. Preparation to worship God with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving should not occur just on Sunday morning but every morning. It is necessary to come to God daily, consistently thanking Him for His goodness and dependability. Thanksgiving doesn’t just occur once a year but every day.
Too often we seem to just go through the motions while our inner attitude doesn’t reflect our outward appearance. It is important that we recognize that whether life is rosy or riddled with problems that we must continue to worship with Thanksgiving and praise because of who God is and not because of what He does. Praising God alone is not only worthy but necessary and it is up to us individually to put our attitude in full dedication to worship every day.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving: go into His courts with praise. Â Give thanks to Him and praise His name.Â Psalm 100:4 (NLT)
Worship: Thinking About It Differently
It is so important that your worship attitude constantly reflect praising God for His goodness. Too often God gets lost in the time constrained world of hurry and get. He so desires for you to come willingly and joyfully to worship Him and not just go through steps and tasks perceived to be necessary.
Would your life be different if you worshiped differently? What if your attitude of worship began with thinking about how you live your daily life? Take for instance the amount of time you spend on your cell phone. A poem by John L. Davison illustrates the different treatments our cell phones and Bibles receive. There are many revisions to this poem but it goes something like this;
What would happen if you treated your Bible like you treat your cell phone?
What if you”¦
”¦carried it with you everywhere?
”¦turned back to get it if you forgot it?
”¦reviewed it several times a day?
”¦treated it like you couldn’t live without it?
What if you…
”¦checked it for messages throughout the day?
”¦gave it to your children as a gift?
”¦used it every time you traveled?
”¦kept it close in case of an emergency?
Are you thinking now about where your Bible is? The good news is that unlike our cell phones our worship can’t be disconnected because Jesus paid the bill. Where are your worship priorities? It is important that you consistently have an attitude of worshipÂ giving God more of your praise and time than you offer the world. Do you need a change of attitude to allow both your inward and outward actions reflect praise for God?
Worship: In All Circumstances?
Maybe you think that your life is tough and it is hard for you to get into a good attitude of worship with the barrage of daily problems that seem to plague you. Take a lesson from John Wesley. He was about 21 years old when he went to Oxford University. He came from a Christian home, and held the gifts ofÂ intelligence and looks. However, during this time, he was a bit snobbish and sarcastic. One night, however an encounter happened that set a change inside his heart.
While speaking to a porter, he discovered that the poor fellow had only one coat and lived in such impoverished conditions that he didn’t even have bed. Yet, this man was an unusually happy person, filled with gratitude to God. Wesley, being immature, thoughtlessly joked about the man’s misfortunes. ”And what else do you thank God for?” he said with a touch of sarcasm. The porter smiled, and in the spirit of meekness replied with joy, ”I thank Him that He has given me my life and being, a heart to love Him, and above all a constant desire to serve Him!” Deeply moved, Westley recognized that this man knew the meaning of true thankfulness.
Many years later, John Wesley lay on his deathbed at the age of 88. Those who gathered around him realized how well he had learned the lesson of praising God in every circumstance. Despite Wesley’s extreme weakness, he began singing the hymn, ”I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath.”
The right attitude of worship requires you to think about God first and the world last. It challenges you to worship consistently and your attitude to reflect such. Strong convictions of remembering who God is and His dependability supersedes the pressures of the world. Motivation comes in knowing that He cares what your attitude is and how you praise Him. You can find comfort in knowing that He is all the goodness in your life and wants to offer so much more if you will simply put worship of Him first.
Love in Christ,
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: To choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.Â Â Â
Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor. Philippians 2:12-18.
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