Deliberate Worship

Sometimes it begins with the smallest–most simple act on our part.

While driving down the road to work each day—I look at the sky. The painting of the colors —even in the cloud formation takes my breath away!

And I worship.

I tell Him how magnificent it all looks to me. I marvel at the sculpting of the mountains when I visit there. I smile at the ocean’s waves as they roll in and out from the shore. The things that God has created takes my heart to a place of worship when I stop long enough to realize—-He did this for our enjoyment!

Every star—every color of the rainbow—it’s for us. For US! He certainly didn’t need it–I mean look at the details of His Kingdom in Heaven! But He has created this place for US—to enjoy while we live our days here—and it’s a place where we can freely worship. Him. The Creator of it all!

In the bustling busyness of our days—take time to worship Him. You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your day. Abraham did. Genesis 12:8 is the verse Oswald Chambers uses today.

“And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.” (NKJV) With Bethel as the symbol of communion with God and Ai the way of the world—Abraham pitched his tent between the two—I like to think, with his face set toward God and his back on the world. He carried on the traditions that had been set before him. Worship and offerings to God.

I read a book years ago called “Job’s Niece”, by Grace Livingston Hill and in the book, the characters, the mom and dad returned to the ways of their own parents after having to deal with many family disturbances brought about by leaving God completely out of their day-to-day living.

They neglected worship.

So every evening they had their children sit down after dinner in the living room and the father read to the children from the Bible. They returned to the ways of worshipping God. Of course the teens balked at this, but were obedient, albeit with very sulky faces. However, Grace Livingston Hill, wove the story around until the situation righted itself as one by one the teens and children alike all turned their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ.

Deliberate worship. Daily worship. From the sincere heart is a offering of sweet incense to the Father!

Sometimes when I’m driving it begins with a simple word. Hallelujah! Over and over I may say it out loud! AND with much feeling—and when I do—when I put my whole heart and soul into expressing my gratitude to Him—-He FLOODS my heart and soul right back with a washing with tears and a cleansing and readying for my day…the day He blessed me with.

It makes all the difference in my day. When I am deliberate about my worship.

Join me?

You sing your song to Him, I’ll sing mine. He will love them both!!


13 responses to “Deliberate Worship

  • Chris

    AMEN Angie! This post spoke to me SOOOO much~ I am moved to worship frequently when I drive to and from work. In my “mobile church” Toyota Carolla.God is so good. And we are so blessed. Thank you for pointing this out to me, my dear dear friend.

  • Gail W.

    Yes ma’am, we will sing! The only places I am allowed to sing out loud in this life are 1) in my car and 2) when I am sitting behind the hearing impaired crowd at my church. I can’t wait til I have a heavenly voice; we will rock the house!!!!

  • Denise

    I have to dance when I worship.I have to play my red tambourine….. It is my way to dance my way into HIS presence……….. I just deliberately praise……… It brings me to HIM

  • ktwalden

    I love your expression of deliberate worship! Deliberate – intentional, purposeful, thoughtful, and my favorite synonym….resolved. May we all resolve to honor our King with deliberate worship for He is more than worthy of our praise!

  • LisaShaw

    Praise the LORD Angie!Worship is a lifestyle (a heart attitude unto the Lord) and within that lifestyle we express our worship in different ways. Some inlcude singing, praising, lifting our hands in worship unto the Lord, laying at His feet in worship.Your words of deliberate worship is so important especially when life can get in the way or service can get in the way of relationship. Relationship (deliberate worship) is just being with our LORD. Amen! Amen! Angie, I absolutely was lifted and encouraged by the message the Lord inspired your heart to write to encourage each one of us and in some cases to challenge us which is great for growth.I love your heart. Bless you.

  • Donetta

    Hay Sis, Denise was in the hospital. She is home now.

  • Denise

    I love to praise dance.

  • Debra

    Angie,I loved this post! I join in your chorus and simply say Amen.Blessings to you!

  • Brenda Leyland

    What a beautiful banner picture! Gorgeous! Coffee, an open Bible, and a journal…. sounds perfect to me!

  • lori

    Deliberate…I LOVE that…I just ordered my WORD of the year from HOMEGROWN HOSPITALITY…had I read that I’d have changed it to deliberate….what power in that…living deliberately….OH, thats GOOD, REAL GOOD, Miz Angie!!love you!the question is….will you SEE me in the INBOX????

  • Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady"

    I wanted to remind you, invite you to stop by tomorrow and join me in sharing what you are learning from the Word! I’d love for you to join me!!! Details here:http://chatswithanoldlady.blogspot.com/2008/12/introducing-what-are-you-learning-new.html

  • Jill

    AMEN ANGIE! AMEN!Deliberate and intention to draw close, to hear Him to be touched by Him, to see Him clearly to know Him – YES! YES! YES!Blessings,Jill

  • Kathy S.

    Angie, do you really get to see the ocean every day? Now I need a picture of that! Oh, how I am longing for sunshine and warmth!Beautiful post. We talked about intentional worship in Sunday School today. That we need to prepare our hearts before meeting together so we are not distracted so much by things around us. To really put all of our attention on God (talking about our Sunday morning gatherings)God seems to have us being about similar things…. :-}

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