CRUCIAL MOMENT: YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE WORSHIPING
(This is an excerpt from my book Crucial Moments which you can find here)
All of us go through times when we don’t feel like worshiping. Sometimes it is the result of being tired or distracted. Other times, it is due to worry or disappointment about a situation we are facing, or maybe we simply just don’t want to worship. Our heart of adoration toward God is an important part of maintaining our connection with Him. Whatever the situation, the emotion of not “feeling it” can be strong. It is during times like these that we get to make a decision to choose something greater than the emotion that is presented.
WHAT TO GET EXCITED ABOUT
- You get to be set free from negative thought patterns and discouraging feelings as you choose to worship.
- You have the opportunity to grow in your ability to see things from God’s perspective as you worship.
- This is a chance to fulfill your God-given destiny! You were created to worship and will step into your identity as a worshiper as you declare who He is in the midst of your situation.
STRENGTH THROUGH SCRIPTURE
- Psalm 103:1 “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.”
- Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
- Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
- Choose to put your mind on “things above” - If you’re worried or oppressed by something, choose to put your focus and attention on Him. When you worship, you choose to stop viewing things from an earthly perspective and start viewing things from His perspective. In 1 Samuel 22:5, the prophet Samuel told David: “Do not stay in the stronghold; but depart, and go to the land of Judah.” Our negative thought patterns can form strongholds and the word, “Judah” literally means worship! In order to get victory from negative strongholds, it is vital to choose to go from patterns of thinking to places of worship.
- Be intentional about setting time aside to worship – When do you least feel like worshiping? Is it when you are stuck in traffic? Or maybe it is when you are concerned about a certain person or situation? These are good times to intentionally stop and choose to worship. If your situation does not allow you to set time aside, take advantage of the time that you do have. Maybe you just have three minutes as you sit in your car in a parking lot, or a few seconds as you work around the house. Make these times “intentional worship times.” Choosing to worship will make dull or stressful times fun.
- Schedule time to tell your soul to worship! – Telling your soul to worship is as easy as telling yourself (out loud), “Worship soul!” Even King David, the greatest worshiper of all time, had to tell himself to do so (see Psalm 103:1). We can also do this in the least probable times: when you are tired, when things didn’t turn out how you expected, when you just had a fight with your kids or spouse, etc. Times like these are good times to see things the way that God sees them and are therefore good times to choose to worship.
- God always shows up when I don’t feel like worshiping!
- As I worship, I acquire heaven’s perspective over my life and situation, and I start seeing things as He sees them.
- When I worship, Jesus is glorified, heaven invades earth, and hell shakes in terror.
This was written by my former Intern, Jaz Jacob
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