For years now, I have been intrigued by a principle that shows up in Scripture, more by wording than content:
“I will…”
“trust in the Lord,” “put my trust in Him…”
“Praise Him,” “glorify His Name.”
Both trusting god and worshipping Him are matters of will/choice, not responses to feelings.
Lately, I have been asking the Lord questions about worship, partly because I hear so many variations on what worship is and why it is important.
One comment I have heard in the past few years is, the quality of music and level of musicianship aren’t important; only God’s presence is. I am troubled by this: I say it’s both. Excellence in playing and performing is an offering to the Lord that draws others in; God’s presence makes worship complete.
I have also heard people say that we worship to give to God; therefore, His presence is not a measure of success. Mmmm, yeah; okay(???)
What do you believe?
What is your experience?
Why do you worship and how do you know that you succeeded?

About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord Jesus...now, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

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