"God’s training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint." - Oswald Chambers

When you hear the word "worship" what comes to mind? Is it a childhood memory of you standing in an old country church with your grandparents? Is it singing around a campfire miles from civilization? Is it a candlelit Christmas Eve service surrounded by friends and family? Or is it something else?

 There is a good chance that the majority of us, when asked that question, picture singing at a church gathering of some kind. It is truly a blessing to experience corporate worship through songs of praise with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but worship is also personal and can be expressed in countless ways when we appropriately posture our hearts.

 So the question begs… How do we get our hearts into such a posture? Throughout scripture we see two consistent themes in people’s worship toward God:
  • They praise Him for who He is {Exodus 15:2, Psalm 29, Psalm 95}
  • They praise Him for what He has done {Isaiah 63:7, Psalm 105:1}

 We should follow suit with scripture by making it a daily priority to, in some way, acknowledge who God is and what He has done. As we make the praise of God’s character and actions a habit in our lives, we might be surprised by the way it changes our values and motivations. It is from this ever-maturing posture of our hearts that we can begin to experience the different facets of our lives as expressions of worship. Whether singing, working, praying, creating, playing with your kids, serving, etc., everything we do can be an expression of worship with our hearts focused on God.

Takeaway: Make time daily to praise God for who He is and for what He has done.
Books on worship:
Facedown - Matt Redman
Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster
Whatever happened to worship - A.W. Tozer
The Air I Breathe - Louie Giglio
RightNow Media Series on worship:
All of Life as Worship - John Piper
Sermons on Worship: