32 tips for worship–how convenient. One for every day of the month with a couple left over. I’d love to say I planned it this way… To tell the truth, there are still lots of tips that I didn’t cover. Some of these I am aware of and some are yet to be discovered. This is one of the things that I love about worship–there is always more. So much more! We can never learn it all, do it all, or figure it all out. Take this list and use it for your quiet times; then begin adding your own worship tips. We can never come to the end of God and we will never come to the end of worship.
If you missed tips 1-20, you will find them posted here:
The tips are linked to the original posts.
21. Treasure and ponder deep in your heart.
Meditation relates to this worship that ponders. To meditate means to attend to, to practice, be diligent in, to ponder or imagine. Treasure the truth of Christ.
The gift of grace is given, but our job is to receive it, to reach out and take hold of this treasure so lovingly given. We can only receive by believing.
Faith is the energy that empowers our hearts to take hold of grace.
23. Look beyond.
Too often we are satisfied with the joy of God’s blessings, rather than the joy of knowing our God who gives. Look through each blessing, appreciating something about God, the Giver of all good.
24. Worship by giving a gift of prayer.
Prayer is a blessing and gift that you can give to someone. Trusting God in prayer is always an expression of worship.
25. Evaluate your faith.
The following reflective questions are a great way to spark worship through deeper, more intentional faith and can be used when reading any passage of Scripture:
- Do I really believe this?
- Do I act like I believe this?
- Do I think like I believe this?
26. Be aware of 3 symptoms of a Worship Rut.
Spiritual ADD: Isaiah 42:40
You have seen many things, but you do not observe them;
Your ears are open, but none hears.
- Pay attention.
- Be observant.
- Care about what you see and hear.
Disengaged Faith: Isaiah 29:13
“Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
- Mean what you say in worship. God cares more about your heart than your words.
- Be real with God.
- Put your heart into it.
Meaningless Repetition: Matthew 6:7
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
- It’s not how much you say, or how many times you say it that causes God to answer prayer. Pray with sincere heart and simple words. Put your faith in God and not in your method.
27. Engage: Break out of your worship rut.
All three of these verses point to problems in worship that are often the result of disengaged faith–going through the motions and faith in the formula or activity. Routine in worship can tempt us to fall into a pattern of insincerity -not because we do not believe, but because we are on auto-pilot.
Explore ways to incorporate fresh ideas into your worship. Change up the pace. Break out of a worship rut as you discover the way you engage most naturally in worship and feel closest to God.
Because God gives, I receive with grateful worship. Worship that pleases God is a holy awe, bathed in grace, and entered into by gratitude.
Worship reflects the glory of Christ as we honor Him in the way we treat others. Sincere worship is to show my awe-filled appreciation for the grace I have received by extending grace to others.
30. Sing a new song.
Written, spoken, whispered, shouted, or sung, a new song rises from a heart touched by God. A new song is fresh, relevant, intimate, personal, resounding with the testimony of what God has done in our lives.
In the midst of relational worship we discover that worship is not us our our side, trying to please God who is on the other side. When we worship in spirit and truth, our worship can be a partnership of the Holy Spirit within us praising and lifting up the Father, bearing witness with us and through us.
32. Press through circumstance and press into worship.
Difficulty can be the fire in which powerful worship is forged. Worship is sometimes the pathway to deliverance. When the going gets tough, the tough get worshipping.
Thanks for joining me in the journey of embracing the challenge of intentional worship!