Love is one of those things that people try to define a million different ways. The world’s statement of power is “Love is love”, but they contradict the Word of God, which says that God is love. (1 John 4:8) The world likes to talk about loving yourself first, but Jesus said, “This I command you: that you love one another.” (John 15:17) The world wants you to think that love is a feeling that comes and goes, but the Bible says that love “bears all things” and that love “never fails” – no matter what happens. (1 Corinthians 13:7-8) The world wants to convince you that love is based on attraction, but God wants your love to be based on trust.
If your love for God isn’t directly tied to your trust in Him, why would you worship? Routine? Obligation? The Lord has so much more for you than to simply check worship off your list! He wants to connect with your spirit, your heart, your mind. He wants to show you His power. He wants you to know Him more. He wants you to invite Him closer, day by day, moment by moment. The enemy knows that being close to the Lord, in His presence, through worship, will change you, strengthen you and empower you. That is why he works so hard to exhaust and overwhelm and discourage you.
Learning to Trust the Lord is a Journey
Because of the hardships of life, we all become protective of ourselves. We build walls. We defend. We attack. We become hardened, suspicious and untrusting. Then, when life gets hard and we need to turn to the Lord, we don’t- because we define “trust” in human terms, instead of in faith terms. Learning to trust the Lord means unlearning what the world has taught you about trust. The trials and tribulations of life are the keys to your triumph! God won’t always do things the way you want Him to do them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t trust Him- it means this: If you’re going to truly trust the Lord, your trust cannot be on natural understanding, but supernatural understanding.
If you don’t trust that God answers your prayers; if you don’t trust that God loves you unconditionally; if you don’t trust that Your sin is covered by the blood of Jesus and your salvation is assured; if you don’t trust that God wants to heal you; if you don’t trust that God will provide; if you don’t trust that God will stand by every word He has spoken; if you don’t trust that God has a plan for your life; if you don’t trust that God will work a miracle for you; if you don’t trust that God will make all things beautiful in His time; if you don’t trust that God will complete every good work He started; if you don’t trust that God will work all things together for your good as you walk according to His purpose; if you don’t trust that He will remember your tears; if you don’t trust that that God is more powerful than Satan; if you don’t trust that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and He lovingly and intentionally made you in His beautiful image; if you don’t trust that God not only can and will, but wants to, you won’t want to praise Him, when your praise and worship are part of the winning plan!
You cannot love a God you don’t trust – not completely – and you will not worship a God you don’t trust, not completely. So… do you trust God? Do you love Him? Then praise and worship will be your faith in action, the “proof” that what you say you believe is really true. The world defines “trust” as, “the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone; dependence on something future or contingent : HOPE.” The Bible defines trust as giving yourself and all that concerns you to the Lord, freely, without condition or qualification – “with all your heart” and then “leaning not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
- The Bible says, “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)
- The Bible says, “I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” (Psalm 13:5)
- The Bible says, “To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.” (Psalm 22:5)
- The Bible says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I was helped; therefore my heart rejoices, and with my song I will thank Him.” (Psalm 28:7)
If you trust the Lord, your love will for Him will compel you to worship Him and to push past your mental and emotional obstacles in order to minister to Him. Maybe you see a person in church waving their hands and you think they must have some greater level of confidence than you do, or that they’re maybe more spiritual – no! If anything, maybe they trust in the Lord so deeply that they’re willing to shrug off the stares and minister to Him because worship is the outward expression of an inward heart condition. They’re not showing off for anyone but their Savior. Do you love the Lord? Do you trust the Lord? WORSHIP.
Thought for today God is Worthy of Your Trust
The expression of worship can be a struggle at times as we walk through seasons of life. When that happens, dig deeply within and ask yourself why. There is a reason and if you ask the Lord to show you, He will. For the Christian, the praise and worship of God, in all its Biblical forms, are what God has asked for from you – and nothing more! He doesn’t ask for perfection. God doesn’t require that you are without flaw in order to enter into His presence. Jesus Christ paid the cost of your entry! Ministering to the Lord your wholehearted gratitude, your adoration, your awe, your exultation, your love and your trust are what He desires from you! There may be a trust issue deep inside that is affecting your ability or even your desire to connect with the Lord in worship, specifically.
The enemy would love nothing more than to keep you untrusting, in pain, and disconnected. Why? Because Satan understands the true power of worship more than you ever will, and he knows that if he wants to steal territory the Lord gave you, or if he wants to have victory over you, he must break you– or weaken your connection from the living, flowing, vibrant, powerful Spirit of God that is forced in WORSHIP. If you truly trust the Lord, praise Him! If this is a struggle – good! Keep struggling and claw your way into worship if you must! God is a Man who can be trusted “with your whole heart” but you must “lean not on your own understanding.” Yes, God knows your heart, but when it comes to your relationship with Him trust, like love, is an expression. <3
Build Your Trust More and More
- “Knowing God More… By Understanding What He is Not”
- “Is Giving Thanks to God in ALL Things a Biblical Command?”
- “If There is No Fear in Love, What Are you Afraid Of?”
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