For those who are in Christ, a strong relationship with Him means everything. All that we need can be found in and through Jesus Christ. Maintaining a strong connection with the Lord is of utmost important because we need to know His voice if we’re going to be able to hear from Him! His will, His wisdom, His miracles, blessings and more are found within His presence. Worship is where the Lord dwells (Psalm 22:3) and it is the primary point of connection between your spirit and His Spirit. While we could never do anything to earn the love of God, and we don’t have to be perfect to commune with Him in worship, there is a component of personal responsibility. We need to be intentional about becoming more like Christ, the One we say we worship.
With no one watching, no one to impress or applaud him, David’s life behind closed doors reflected his love for the Lord as much as his life did when everyone was looking.
You were created to worship, but who or what you worship is your choice. If you choose to worship God, then worship Him in all things – not just at church! “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart,” David wrote. “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes.” How we behave at home, when no one is looking, matters. What we do and what we do not do. What we watch on TV or our phones, listen to, say, sing – the atmosphere that emanates from us as spiritual beings saturates our homes and it affects everything and everyone we encounter.
“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5) David had a heart fixed on the Lord and he lived a lifestyle of worship. Did he fall into sin? Yes, but he always fell into the arms of the Lord and he learned and changed and grew from his mistakes to be more like the One he worshipped. “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart,” he declared. With no one watching, no one to impress or applaud him, David’s life behind closed doors reflected his love for the Lord as much as his life did when everyone was looking.
Thought for today
Worship should change you. When you worship the Lord and make worship your lifestyle – living for Him and connecting with Him every day (sometimes even every moment when life gets real!), you will change. Who you are will change. Your desires will change. Even your tastes and interest and friends will change. As you become more like Christ, you should naturally be repelled by things that wouldn’t please Him. You should find that you’re less interested in what the world has to offer and more interested in finding out what the Lord has to offer. If not – think about why! Ask the Lord to show you where the gaps are and move ahead. “I will walk in my house with a perfect heart,” is the right perspective. Determined. Unflinching. Eyes fixed. When you’re truly living for Christ daily and consistently, and wholeheartedly looking at Christ in worship, your eyes won’t want to look at anything He wouldn’t want to look at. <3