Worship is an expression of the heart. It is an essential aspect of intimate communion with the Lord. I think of the words to the song “I Worship You, Almighty God” by Sondra Corbett Wood, where she stated there is no one other than God who is worthy of praise.

Our Lord gives us unscripted songs of grace springing out of our hearts in worship to an audience of one. They help us focus on him in a way that causes the world’s chaos to fade away.

Worship is drinking in the presence of the Lord and lifting our hearts up to him through words that express our wonder and awe. It is acknowledging who he is through our heart-lips.

It is all about being and not doing. It is abiding — vitally united to him, spirit, soul, and body. Worship is as natural as breathing. Every breath we take, we are breathing in his presence. Amy Carmichael, a missionary in India, said, “You are closer to me than air.”

Worship is an expression of love through spontaneous words that bubble up from our hearts. It isn't rote, or canned, or forced. It is like an artesian well. It springs up from our inner being and takes us deeper into intimate communion with the Lord that nothing on this earth rivals. It is our hearts lifted up in thanksgiving for who Jesus is and what he has done through his death on the cross.

Holy Spirit, please teach me how to worship in spirit and in truth. I want to wholeheartedly express my thanksgiving through praise to the One who died for me, Jesus, my Lord. He alone deserves all glory and honor. Amen.

Go Deeper — Find a quiet place today and spend some time simply worshiping God in praise. Then see how much lighter your heart feels, and how less heavy the problems resting on your shoulders become.

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