Sunday, May 27th, 2018:  Looking for my Lyre” • Pastor Austin Parkhurst

 

Read: 1 Samuel 16:11-23

 

READ: Devotional

 

Worship often gives us this image of stained glass windows, choir robes, and a hymnal. Or maybe, in today’s church, you picture lights, music, guitars, and drums. Regardless, when we hear the term, ‘worship’, we likely picture church.

There’s so much more to worship than Sunday mornings. In the life of David, worship was a central theme to everything he did. After all, David did write half of the Psalms. It wasn’t that he just enjoyed writing music, but this was something David had done since he was a young shepherd.

Think about it. When you’re bored or want background noise, what are you likely to do? Turn on Spotify or Netflix.

They didn’t have internet back when David was a shepherd so he wrote his own songs of praise to God. However, David’s worship wasn’t limited to singing. While this was a huge part of his life, including starting one of the first worship teams in the Bible (1 Chronicles 16), David worshipped in many other ways.

For example, he often consulted God on decisions. In 2 Samuel 12, David spends time praying and fasting when his son falls ill and dies. David trusted in God with every area of his life and always sought to please Him.

What does that mean for us? When it comes to spiritual warfare, negativity, differences in opinion, or overcoming obstacles, worship is your greatest weapon. Nothing is as transformative as worshiping God. It doesn’t just make you feel better, but worship has the ability to shift your whole perspective from how bad my circumstances are to how good God is.

It’s easy to condense worship down to Sunday mornings at church. It’s more of a challenge to make an intentional effort each day to lift high the name of Jesus.

A good starting point could be making an intentional effort each day to spend time in God’s Word. OR maybe you could listen to more worship music when you commute to and from work each day. Yes – worship has the power to change even that frustration. It’s that good.

Ultimately, our goal should be to shift our focus heavenward and think of the good things God has done and is doing in our lives. Reflecting and remembering the goodness of God through prayer and thanksgiving is powerful and transformative.

 

 reflect:

  •  What are 5 things you can thank God for today?
  • • What is a practical step I can take to make worship a part of my life?
  • • Is there something holding me back from engaging in worship?

 

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