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Day 5: My City Worship

By:
Allie
Mancuso

Why do we Worship?

Do you Worship because of what He has done for you? Do you worship Him for provision, blessing, or breakthrough in your life? These are all wonderful things that God does because He cares for us deeply, and He is the same yesterday and forever. However, it is not the primary reason why we worship God. 

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." John 4:23-24 (NIV)

You were made to WORSHIP!

In life, all of us worship something. We all have a natural instinct which compels us to have an object for our admiration. Why? Because you were created to worship! But as Christians we are called to admire the Creator over His creations. A life of praise and worship fills our deepest needs, and amazingly, it also brings great joy to God. God created man so we could glorify Him. God doesn’t need our worship because He is already sovereign and self sustaining, but God enjoys our fellowship with Him. True worship is simply an outward expression of this love and honor we have toward God, a means by which we glorify Him. This is our main purpose and main goal in life as a Christian.

We are set apart for God and called to Worship Him DAILY

Out of true surrender and purity of heart, we give our worshipful sacrifice to the Lord. We are to be different from the world in the way we think, the way we speak, and the way we act. We are to put God first in everything we do, and we are to love others as Jesus loves us. Without daily sacrifice, our bodies and minds will find the easiest path forward because our flesh seeks comfort above all. There is a reason why Christianity isn’t a fad but a lifestyle. It is our responsibility to continually glorify God in our acts, works, language, thoughts, and beliefs. Sunday mornings should not be the only place we carve out time to worship and glorify God. We are to seek His presence daily and rest in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. But if we don’t respond in this manner, then it’s our loss, because worship doesn’t just bless God, it blesses us too, by drawing us closer to our Father and ushering us into His presence (Psalm 95:2). 

Why Should We Worship?  

When it comes to worship, God is looking at the state of our hearts. We should worship God in our hearts first out of a conviction of WHO GOD IS, with our external worship expression following that heart posture. God alone is worthy of our devotion, praise and worship. God sent his only Son to die a sinner's death in our place so we can have the free choice to accept Jesus as our personal savior and become reunited with God (John 3:16). God treasures our intimacy with Him so much that He sent Jesus to the cross. Our response to this wondrous act should be utter exaltation, gratitude, and praise. The very least we can do is pour out our every breath, lift up our voices, clap our hands, dance, and worship with our entire being to bring our offering of worship to the most deserving King of Kings.

We worship God for WHO HE IS

Father God, I glorify and honor you right now. I choose to put you first in my life, church, marriage, work, family, my future, and my hobbies. Thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I give you all of my adoration and my praise. I turn my heart to you. Help me continually choose you every day and teach me to have a heart of worship. Help me grow in the knowledge of who you are so I can declare your holiness in my praise and worship! Help me lift up your name above all other names and put you first in my life in all areas even when I don’t feel like it. I pray that My City Church understands how to have a heart of worship and that we actively seek out your presence daily. I pray that my personal worship is pleasing to you, Father, and that I am able to hear your voice as I draw near to you. Help me be sensitive to your voice, your presence, and your will. I love you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

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