Worship isn’t always a song.
Worship isn’t always lifting our hands or clapping or jumping around. Worship is sometimes full of tears. Worship is sometimes full of laughter. Worship is always a powerful weapon. Worship is always a connection with our Father. Worship is always available to us through every season of life - in all of its unique forms of expression and connection to our Father.
I recently had a very powerful moment of worship in my home. There was no music playing. I wasn’t having the best day, nor was I feeling stable or fulfilled in the current season I was at in my life. I had just put my daughter down for a nap and headed into my kitchen to clean and do dishes. Before I began cleaning, I simply took a moment to take a step back and look at all that God has blessed me with. I became overwhelmed by the Lord’s presence and began to cry saying ,“Thank you Jesus! I praise you, I praise you, I praise you! You are so good! You are always so good!” With tears of wonder and awe streaming down my face in the middle of my kitchen, I began to worship God for who He is and everything He has been and has done for me. The beautiful thing is - it was my own words. It was my own song unto the Lord! The confusion and bitterness in my heart melted away as I shifted my eyes upon Jesus rather than what I felt I was lacking that day.
During another season of life about a year ago, I recall a different example of worship while at My City Church. One of the songs we sang in worship was “Too Good to Not Believe” by Bethel Music. I was experiencing intense emotional pain that comes with dealing with a loved one with a drug addiction. One of the lyrics state:
“I’ve seen addicts finally free, don’t you tell me He can’t do it."
I actually became furious upon hearing these lyrics. This person in my life had been an addict for 15+ years at this point. I had been praying for them to be free, but felt as though God hadn’t answered me. I fell to my knees and pleaded with God, and I began asking Him “why?” That moment led to extreme breakthrough with my relationship with this family member. This very vulnerable and raw moment of worship, surrender, and complete trust in Jesus while I lay there in brokenness. He was the only one who could mend me, and that moment of vulnerability in my worship was needed as part of the healing process.
Two of the hardest seasons are waiting seasons and seasons of loss.
In December 2019, I had just miscarried and was absolutely heart broken. I had so much hope that this pregnancy would thrive, yet it didn’t. A couple weeks after, I was serving on worship and led the song, “You are Good” by C3 Live. As I was preparing to lead this song, I didn’t believe what I was singing. “How can you be good but allow this?” I asked God. (Has anyone else out there ever asked Him this question?) As I was preparing that entire week leading up to Sunday, I was battling with God. But He so sweetly embraced me and said, “You will see." When I heard Him say this, I fought past my current emotions to embrace the FACT that God is GOOD. This verse really helped me through this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Absolutely believing He is good, even when I couldn’t see it or understand how in my current situation, is what ignited my faith. He knows what He is doing, and it will always be for good- if I surrendered it to Him to use for His glory. Clinging to this trust in God’s higher plan, I went on to lead the song with authority and believed its words with all of my heart.
These moments of worship illuminated the fact that worship is what realigns us with God rather than our current circumstances.
Worship also doesn’t need to involve us scrolling through media to find the “perfect worship song” to fit our situation. Rather, it can look like us having a bad day, yet choosing to glorify Him with our own words. It can look like us falling upon our knees in brokenness and calling upon the Lord to mend us. Our worship can be how we love people. Our worship can be how we raise our family, how we serve our spouses, or the way we use our giftings. Whether in a classroom, in a hospital, in our local church, at our work places, in our car, or within our home, our worship is ingrained in the very way we live our lives- IF we actively seek and elevate Jesus in everything we do.
Knowing this, we are able to worship God in and through every season of life!
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