Your worship should cost you. True worship, in spirit and in truth, expressed from your heart, through your body and to the Spirit of God is going to hurt your flesh. Casting aside your inhibitions, your feelings, your doubts, fears, distractions, issues, regrets, worries and all other circumstantial, natural experiences in order to minister to the Lord is not easy! Paul understood this perfectly. He often wrote about his struggle with his natural man, his “flesh” and how he dealt with his human side saying, “I fight. Not as one who waves his fists in the air, but I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27) Why would our contention with the flesh be any less intense and difficult?! We all have to push past how we feel. We don’t always feel like worshipping God, but that doesn’t change His worthiness, His holiness or His sacrifice.
Your worship is priceless to God. God speaks the language of sacrifice. When you minister to Him and force yourself to lift Him high, He is truly honored by your sacrifice. What your worship costs you, what it costs to lift your hands, sing with passion, kneel before the Lord, shout “hallelujah!”, or even play an instrument and sing, those things are of a value beyond measure to the Lord. David knew the pain and cost that worship would be to the natural part of you. He wanted to give an offering of thanksgiving to the Lord, but the place of his choosing was gifted to him for free and David refused saying, “I will not offer up to the Lord burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)
Will it be easy? No, not always. Will it be worth it? YES. EVERY TIME. <3