On your worst day, when nothing in you feels like worshipping God- that is when worship is the single, most important thing you must do. That is when worship becomes truly life-changing. A person with a lifestyle of worship, who understands the true purpose of worship, ministry to God, has a natural response to worship in all circumstances, no matter how dark, painful, confusing, unjust, tragic or shocking.
Just because life has become unbearable doesn’t mean that God isn’t good. God is always good, no matter how bad life has become. God is always faithful to His Word, no matter what. When the worst has happened, worship. Fall down, scream and cry out to God, pour out your heart, tear your robes. Job, who experienced the worst pain imaginable any heart can endure, did the same thing. And then- worship. There is blessing in that obedience, that slaying of your flesh. “In blessing, I will bless you,” the Lord says, in Genesis 22:17. It’s a promise. That word “blessing” is the Hebrew worship word, barak, which means to knee before the king in submission and reverence. As you submit yourself in worship, with the sole purpose to bless God, He will pour out His bless upon you in return. But you need to go first. That is the essence of faith.
The aftermath of what you’re walking through will unfold over time, so you must continue to minister to the Lord in worship. Don’t stop.
Jesus did the same thing before He departed from the Last Supper- He and His disciples worshipped together. (Matthew 26:30) And then He left to face the most unimaginable abuse, pain and suffering and then death. The aftermath of what you’re walking through will unfold over time, so you must continue to minister to the Lord in worship. Don’t stop. Prioritize it. Move your life around in order to worship in your darkest moments. You will need the Lord’s hand on you more than ever in the darkness and worship is what will bring you closer than you’ve ever been. God will get you through, but how can His presence change things for you if you’re not in His presence?
Thought for today
“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” (Psalm 18:28) The Word of God is full of His promises and He honors His Word even above His own name. (Psalm 138:2) When you worship in spirit and truth, using the truth of the Word to inspire and empower your worship, the Lord honors His promises. In His presence is everything you need. Does it hurt? Ache? Are you in a confusing season, or are you crying out for relief from the pain? This is when worship has the most profound power in the life of a believer. Whatever you’re holding onto, let go and open your hands in praise. Grab on to His presence in your worship and don’t let go!