Praising God

Praise and worship has always been my favorite time, anytime. I remember being on the playground swing just singing my heart out to God during recess. On church days, I always feel like there’s not enough worship time. I’ll be honest, Nights of Worship are my absolute favorite kind of nights.

To me, praise and worship is the ultimate time when we’re not focused on anything except God. This may just be me, but I feel like any other time, we’re so busy seeking something that we don’t fully focus on God. When we’re in the midst of the sermon, it’s like there’s this meter in the back of our minds measuring how well we’re following Christ’s footsteps. During times of prayer, we’re most often focused on finding a solution to some problem or need. When in the midst of worship, our focus is completely on how great and magnificent our God is. When we enter into the Holy of Holies, we don’t care about those around us, it’s just us and God.

Saying this reminds me of David when they brought the Ark of the Lord back to Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 6:14:
And David danced before the Lord with all of his might, clad in a linen ephod [a priest’s upper garment].
David was full of joy and his focus wasn’t on the people surrounding him but on His God. Even when his wife Michal berated him for it, David felt no shame for celebrating God. The Joy of the Lord was completely within him.

All that God is surrounds us, permeates us, and dwells within us.

That’s how it feels to be in His presence. All that God is surrounds us, permeates us, and dwells within us. In His presence, focused solely on Him, mountains move, ocean waters part, and battles are won. There is truth in the lyrics for Bethel Music’s ‘Raise a Hallelujah’. I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm, louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar!

Miracles happen when we’re immersed in His presence in such a selfless and God-centered way. Years ago during a normal Sunday morning service, I found myself on my knees, worshipping God with all of me. It was in that moment that God reached down and healed the hole in my heart. He showed what He had done to a fellow church member and though we didn’t need it, we received a doctor’s confirmation at my next cardiology appointment.

I’m always reminded, when I’m busy praising God, that He still has a plan for me, that His will is still at work, and He is calling me to deeper waters. If I’m having a bad day or need to center myself for any reason, putting on some praise and worship music will always do the trick.

It’s amazing what happens when we praise God with all that we are.

It doesn’t matter where you are, church, your car, home, or work, turning on praise and worship and letting it permeate where you are will definitely draw you closer to God. It is like a breath of completely fresh air simply because of the God you are worshipping. It’s a time to remember that God is our All-in-All, Jehovah God, and Creator of the Universe. It reminds us that God isn’t some far off being who simply watches from a throne in Heaven, but the Warrior, the Protector, the Provider for whatever we need. It provides us with a time and place where we can completely focus on God and Who He is, instead of all the things that are us. It’s amazing what happens when we praise God with all that we are.

I encourage you to take a few moments throughout the next week to just turn on some music and worship God. Let go of everything that is coming at you and just focus on drawing close to Him.

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