Some days it’s easy for me to worship whole-heartedly and feel God moving. Other days it’s hard to stay focused and God feels distant. I know that God sometimes chooses to reveal Himself and sometimes He doesn’t, but I also know that He’s always there, always listening, and always worth my time, attention and adoration. So here are 5 things I’ve found that improve my worship:
1. Focus on God. If you’re thinking about lunch or the person next to you, then chances are you’re not worshiping. Focus on who God is. Listen to what He may be trying to tell you. Tell Him how great He is. Resist the (many) distractions.
2. Practice worshiping. If you only worship once a week for an hour while at church you’re going to improve very slowly, if at all. Find time to worship during the week: take a walk and tell God how beautiful His creation is, turn on praise music and sing along, or write down some prayers thanking God for what He’s done for you.
3. Remember what God has done. If you feel like you don’t know what to say, or feel like God is distant, remember what He’s done for you. That is the fastest and easiest way to remember who He is, and it will always give you something to say: thank you.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 ESV
4. Study God’s word. I have always found it easier to engage in worship after I’ve been reading or studying the Bible. Even days later. It seems I am much more in tune to God and open to hearing what He may be trying to tell me when I have been reading His word.
5. Pray. Sometimes we create our own barrier between ourselves and God when certain things happen in our lives. We can become angry with Him or question what He is doing (or not doing) or we can become too comfortable with our lives and forget how much we need Him. Don’t fall into this trap, keep the line of communication open. It’s not a sin to not understand what God is doing or why He is allowing something. Go back to number 3, remember who God is and what He’s done. Remember that He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Then tell Him how you feel, tell Him what you don’t understand, and leave it with Him to deal with. Tell Him how you need Him, how you’re broken without Him and how you can’t believe He would love someone like you. Thank Him for caring, for listening, for loving and for grace.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:9, 18-19 ESV