Monday, August 25, 2008

I love the topic of conversation At the Well this morning. We're talking about Worship. I have enjoyed sitting back, taking in the encouragement, wisdom and inspiration from everyone who's shared so far, and look forward to reading more.

Everyone's thoughts on worship have been great. I long to stay faithful in worship.

As Chelsey shared with us, worship, as a verb, means to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power and to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion

Why do we worship God? We are wired to worship the One who created us.

"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under His care." - Psalm 95:6-7 (Emphasis mine)

How do we worship God? We worship God with a heart that is full of reverence and awe as well as a heart that expresses praise and joyful songs.

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." - Hebrews 12:28-29

"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." - Psalm 100:1-2

When do we worship God? We worship God continually.

"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." - Hebrews 13:15-16 (Emphasis mine)

Laura Lee asked, "What do you do or think you should do at the start of each day to prepare your heart and mind as a woman living a life of worship?"

Personal prayer time for me is important, including committing my heart, mind, words and actions to glorifying God is so imporant to me.

Psalm 51:10 is a verse I pray at the beginning of each day. "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

Also, reading His Word each morning is key. It sets the tone for my whole day. I always read something that is relevant to helping me in the day ahead.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (Emphasis Mine)

Throw in a good praise and worship song heard on the drive in to work and I am good to go!

"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song." - Psalm 95:1-2

Do I always do this? No, and I tell you that on the days that I don't, I struggle.

Laura Lee also asked, "If you were to gather at the well with women younger than you in the faith, what would your call to worship be for them?"

My response: I would say, "Be still before the Lord. True worship will come to you."

Laura Lee's Bonus Question: Do any songs come to your mind when you think of living a life of worship?

I forgot about the song part when I was posting. Mine would be Agnus Dei by Third Day. Just so full of praise and worship and it's what my heart beats to do. It's my goal in life for everything I do.

Thanks for stopping by At the Well today. Join our host, Laura Lee, and visit with the other ladies standing around talking.


LauraLee Shaw said...

This is so great. So great. I'm going to adopt your advice here: "Psalm 51:10 is a verse I pray at the beginning of each day. 'Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.'" What a perfect prayer to start the day. Especially for I struggle with being "steadfast."

Great advice for all the crowd of women gathered at the well today--younger, older and in-between.

Joyfull said...

I also love the prayer to begin the day "Create in my a pure heart". I love (and need often!) the latter part "and create a right spirit in me".
Beautiful combination that you shared which brings about true worship as a daily lifestyle. Thanks for sharing and for being a blessing!

Melanie said...

Great post on worship, Laurie Ann. We are each one made to worship our Lord and it is so important that we do just that. Thanks for your words today!

Denise said...

Such a fantastic post my friend, love you.

lori said...

Another THIRD DAY gal....Hey...maybe we could SING TOGETHER at the well....:)

Agnus Dei is a fabulous one too...I'm a Third Day girl...I have to tell you this..One of the members lives in our neighborhood...(it's a reallllllly big neighborhood) Saw him at the pool awhile back, and resisted the temptation to go up and act like a crazy school girl:)
I just LOVE their music...and that voice of Mac's just gets me every time...

Oh, and the rest of your post was fabulous too....I just got a bit distracted by the whole Third Day thing....:)

Amydeanne said...

hmmmm open the eyes of my heart by sonic flood.. that's one of my favorites to worship too!

LAURIE said...

Hey Laurie Ann,
Great thoughts AT THE WELL today. Third can't go wrong with any of that. -blessings, Laurie

Carol said...

Great thoughts! Praise is quite powerful!!

Jen said...

Laurie Ann,

I have nominated you for 2 awards. Please stop by and accept them. I am always blessed by your words. God certainly has given you a gift. I have added your blog in my daily devotionals. Thank you so much for your blog.

DarcyLee said...

Laurie Ann,

Thank you for the encouragement on your post. The more we meditate on God's Word the more we are like Him and He continues to "transform our minds" (Romans 12:1). Great post!