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Can Your Worship Be Stolen?

It’s so easy to play the “what if” game. What if my car breaks down on the way home? What if that new movie I can’t wait to see turns out to be garbage?

Those are fairly mild, of course, and those “what if’s” can often take us to darker places, but I want to pose something different today.

What if your circumstances didn’t dictate the level of your worship?

Most of us would probably (rightfully) quickly and forcefully assert that “my circumstances don’t determine my level of engagement in worship.” I think we believe it in theory, but often our practice is not quite to that standard.

I’m more talking about corporate gatherings rather than individual devotions, but the principle holds either way.

  • You had a bad day so you sit down and reinforce your funk.
  • You have negative situations (don’t we all) nipping at your heels so you allow your thoughts to be consumed with worry and fear.
  • You stayed up too late the night before so you’re having trouble keeping your eyes open.
  • You engaged in some sort of sin that made you feel like a failure and you don’t feel worthy to come to God.

Only a few examples, but you’ve probably felt most of them before.

The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net.  –Psalm 25:14-15

Our fearing Him has everything to do with reverence, awe, wonder, and worship. He’s got secrets to reveal, but He’s looking for worshipers. Jesus even told us as much.

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”   –John 4:23-24

That verse blows me away! The Father is seeking worshipers. If you’ll engage in reverent, open worship, you’ll go from seeking God to God seeking you and sharing His secrets.

That second verse from Psalm 25 is a favorite of mine because I constantly need the reminder. My circumstances may be like a net around my feet that hinders or stops me, but the psalmist doesn’t focus on the net–it’s just a distraction from worship.

My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (emphasis mine)

Lifting your eyes signifies worship. Your mind is lifted from present difficulties to eternal reality and perfect character. Trusting your circumstances to Him and not dwelling on them yourself is hard at times, but you will see the benefit.

Engage in worship. Sing. Move in some way.

Don’t hold back because 1. He’s worthy and 2. it changes you. If circumstances can keep you from worshiping Jesus then they are your lord instead of Him.

I don’t want that for any of us! Let’s find true and honest, deeper and stronger places of worship–engaging with heaven to see beyond our limitations.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever struggle in this area?

6 Comments

  1. Being on a worship team I can get very distracted. People in the crowd are standing there with their hands in their pockets! Even though I shouldn’t I silently judge them. Why are they wasting this time to stare at the ground? Do they not want to worship? Little do i realize that while I am judging them im not entering into worship. Im not singing or playing im looking at them. And there are so many other distractions. My day was busy so im thinking about that, im thinking about problems with friends or family, and so much more. Worship is a time to show God you love Him and it shouldn’t be wasted. Thank you for this message, Jason! God bless!

    • Yeah, I think that’s why I got in the habit of closing my eyes years ago! It can be hard sometimes when people seem completely checked out, but I did learn years ago that what the outside looks like doesn’t necessarily mean God isn’t doing anything (so I have to remind myself of that). Also I remember people each carry their own baggage or personality quirks that God may be setting them free from, but I still encourage everyone because being in His presence is always an opportunity and an invitation to more. Thanks so much, Jaylynn.

  2. Satan would have us focus on the net; God raises our gaze to meet His. How blessed we are when we worship Him in spirit and in truth!
    Great thoughts, Jason!

    • Yeah, He’s our glory and the lifter of our heads! Thanks so much, Martha.

  3. Good message Jason! My strength comes from worshiping the Father! The time I give in worship refocuses my life and gives me a clearer perspective the eternal.

    • It really does change everything! Thank you, Daymond. 🙂

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