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One Key to Deeper Worship

Finding God through worship is a huge part of my testimony. Now I’m a worship leader and speaker, but once upon a time, I was terrified to be in front of people.

Taking those months and years of “can’t” and turning them to learn how to worship has made me expressive and passionate in my praise to Him.

I certainly realize that not everyone is going to have my story, but I still want to encourage everyone to experience true freedom in worship and watch what God does there. It’s a beautiful thing.

But how? Though it’s been said so often it’s almost cliche at this point, it’s still true: worship is not about you.

That’s an incredibly liberating reality in which to live. If it’s not about you, it doesn’t matter whether you feel good or bad, anxious or peaceful, joyful or sad. The moment I open my mouth to give Him worship (that He is certainly worthy of), my faith is activated.

Sure, your circumstances may not have transformed in that moment. You may be fighting the same struggles for days, months, or years. You can worry, you can fret. You can imagine every dark scenario if God doesn’t come through.

Or you can meditate on Who He is, stepping into His light as you give Him your heart in worship.

None of us would say, “Oh I’d rather just sit here and worry, thanks.” but our lives testify as much. You and I always have a choice and at the darkest moments when you feel worship is the last thing you can muster, it’s the first thing you need.

That’s why “it’s not about you” is liberating.

On the other side, this same truth is also a responsibility. If worship really isn’t about you, you have no excuse. He’s never going to force you, or course, but if we can all grasp that worship is His way of our coming to Him and understand what I think or desire is irrelevant, we’ll much more easily choose to worship Him.

Like it or not, He tells us in His word how to approach Him. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. The book of Psalms tells us repeatedly to “sing a new song.” There is an active engagement not a passive see-what-happens attitude.

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. –John 15:16

He’s the King. He’s not the president or any elected official. You didn’t choose Him, and you don’t get to choose how you worship (or that you always feel comfortable). In every royal court, there is protocol and if you refuse to follow these rules of approach, you might be removed immediately.

“Well,” you might say, “I don’t get all that singing and clapping hands and whatever else. I’m not doing it.” That’s your choice, but understand you’ve now limited your access to the King.

Yep, it’s not about me is a beautiful truth. If you apply it, I can speak from experience that it just might change your life.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you considered it like this before? Are you drawn to “worship’s not about me”? Why or why not?

4 Comments

  1. It is never about us, Jason, but too often, we forget that, especially if we are having a less than stellar day/week/month/year. Thank you for pivoting our focus to the One who is alone worthy of our praise.
    Blessings!

    • It’s my pleasure! Encouraging myself and encouraging you--like you said, He is worthy. Thanks so much and blessings to you too, Martha.

  2. What an amazing message and so true!Thank you Jason God bless you!

    • Appreciate it, Jaylynn! Blessings to you too. 🙂

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