“…worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 29:2b).
Personal or private worship is not a commonly discussed spiritual discipline, but it is one more way that you and I can connect with God on a one-on-one basis. I have practiced this spiritual discipline only the last few years, and I have found it really helps me start my time with God each day with His perspective. If I am not careful, I can get caught in the trap of thinking that it is all about me and Him serving me instead of the other way around. In America, we live in such a me-centered culture that it can easily influence our relationship with God.
The spiritual discipline of personal worship reminds me who is in charge and who is not. He is the One who is Lord. It is for His purpose and good pleasure that I live. It is all about His glory and honor. He is my King. A relationship with Him has nothing to do with my comfort, my glory, my security, my freedom from pain or suffering, or my will.
Our great God in heaven needs to be worshiped for who He is and not simply for what He does. We are often quick to praise Him for good things that happen in our lives but become worship challenged when we are in the midst of trials, pain, hurt, or suffering.
Habakkuk :17-18 provides some insight into the heart of one who worships God for who He is: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Lord, You are worthy of my worship in good times and in the midst of my struggles. Show me the beauty of true worship as I seek to honor You with all of my life and in every circumstance.
Praise God that he is the creator of prayer. Give thanks because he gives you an audience with himself whenever you choose to pray. Confess any misuse or neglect of prayer. Commit yourself to making prayer a priority in your life. Ask God to lead you to “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that [you] may receive mercy and find grace to help [you] in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
Pray for the rights of Christians to be protected as they speak out for Jesus Christ. Remember especially Christian brothers and sisters who are being severely persecuted for their faith.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend