There are two quotes I found recently that made me re-think my approach to worship. The first one I found in a post on Instagram months ago that I now cannot find for the life of me. But its concept was this: that worship isn’t as rigid as we can make it out to be.
In my mind, many things are black and white.
Quiet times mean sitting down, cracking open my Bible, and a prayer after. A relationship with God means church and quiet times and prayer and constant growth. And worship is singing in church on Sunday. It has organization, structure, involves many people at once.
I’m starting to think that these things are not so independent of one another. And that my definitions for them may not be so accurate. Or at least, not so strict.
As I’ve been considering that thought, that worship is more than just singing a congregational song, it’s making me consider how I approach God in the everyday, how my relationship with him is consistent and my conversation with him unending.
The second quote that inspires me in this line of thinking (this one I can actually remember) is from Lysa TerKeurst’s book, The Best Yes. She explains that, from the root of the Hebrew word “fear,” the definition of fearing God is “that deep sense of reverence where we truly desire to look for the hand of God in everything.”
This changes it all, guys.
If it’s not about worrying constantly about what God thinks of us. If it’s not living with worry or fear of consequences or judgment. How differently would we approach…well, everything if we start looking at God with this in mind? That’s exactly what I’ve been considering lately.
So simply wandering and wondering. Walking outside and breathing in the air. Looking at the trees and watching a sunrise, and feeling the amazement of it all. That’s worship?
Singing along with the radio to a song that reminds you of God, whether it’s a “worship” song or not – that’s worship?
Writing a poem or drawing a picture or doodling or painting a portrait – that’s worship?
What if worship is simply a reverent heart connection with God?
So what does that mean for us?
It means we can worship anytime.
We can worship anywhere.
And it can look different day to day, person to person.
I can imagine God being pleased with how we differently we approach him, using the gifts and interests he gave us to connect with him.
Ways to Worship
With this in mind, the sky is the limit. What ways can you think of to worship God your own way?
My worship lately includes these:
Walking with God outside and seeing things in nature with new eyes
Putting together a few playlists that remind me of God, and listening to them throughout the day
Writing some scriptures and quotes that encourage me about God
Seeing him in my family, and how they interact with me and each other
Gratitude for every big and small thing that brings joy and encouragement
Focus and presence in yoga
Prayer focused on gratitude and praise
Conversations with others about God’s goodness
Reading books or verses about God
Doing good, serving, using talents for God
How about you? What does your worship look like lately?