Our world has become more and more compartmentalized as we go along. Where I teach kids will balk at an assignment I give them because it contains math work. “This isn’t math!” they snarl. They aren’t alone. Most of us have our “work persona” and our “play persona.” When family is around, we act one way; when the in-laws come by, we act in a special way for them. Then there’s our regular day behavior and our church behavior. There are some things we do on Sunday at church that we don’t do any other time. One of those is worship. We sing and praise God at church, but don’t even dare think about doing that during the week.
Worship, though, is part of our inner being; part of who God made us to be. We were made to worship and recognize God’s presence and His activity in our lives. Oh, we may come across a beautiful scene in nature; we may marvel at a sunrise or sunset; but other than that, especially in difficult times, our worship is confined to Sunday. God has a word for us about that. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (PSalm 100:1-2)
When your relationship with God is on the right track, worship is a natural expression of our love for Him no matter what the circumstance may be. As my wife and I have battled her cancer together, we have been amazed and overwhelmed at God’s presence and peace. We continue to be in awe of His power. We sense His presence in everything we do. We make every day a worship experience. We have seen the goodness of God and are grateful for His love.
Worship is more of an attitude that grows from love for God. If you only worship on Sundays with the church when things are going well, you may need to look at your relationship with God. Today I want to challenge you to worship. Worship in the traffic jam. Worship when the boss is complaining. Worship when you have that tough customer. Sense God’s presence in all you do and recognize God for who He is. You may not want to sing songs in your boss’s face, of course, but worship with joy in your heart no matter what the circumstance may be.
Lord, I worship You. When troubles come, I worship You knowing that You are with me. No trouble is so great that You can’t handle it. When good times come, I worship because I am grateful. Help me to worship You in each and every circumstance of life.