“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and honor and glory and blessing.” (Rev 5: 12)
To worship the One who is worthy means that my focus is on Him not me. It means that I will live a life in total surrender to His authority over my life. It means I will obey His words.
To live a life of worship means that every decision I make, how I spend my money, how I treat others, how I dress, talk, behave, EVERYTHING, will reflect the One who sits on the throne.
To worship is to look at God’s worth, it’s to bow before Him, to rehearse who He is, tell Him He is Worthy and submit all to Him. Worship has nothing to do with me, it’s all about Him.
So often I forget this. We forget. I see it in my life. I see it in corporate worship. The choices I make are often about me. My focus is often more me centered instead of Christ centered. I don’t like that I have to admit that. But I do forget.
I was clearly reminded of this recently. I was singing songs during corporate worship and I noticed how song after song was about me or us. The words didn’t look at God other than how we relate to Him. They didn’t rehearse who He was, who He is. The words were me focused not God focused.
My heart began to grieve and I must admit my attitude began to go down the wrong path. My spirit began to become critical within me. Why can’t they choose songs that lead us to worship our creator? Songs that reflect who God IS? But then His Spirit “spoke” to my spirit and said, “but don’t you often live your life that way? Don’t you make it all about you and not Me?” Tears began to roll down my face and not long after that it was just an all out sobbing. I tried to fight them but they came pouring out of me to the point that at least once I heard myself sob and make a groaning noise. (Thankfully we happened to be sitting in area that no one was really near us!)
I so often struggle with worship. I want to worship in a right way. I want my worship to be God focused. I want my life to be a life of surrender, of obedience. I want to live a life that reflects Christ.
My only hope of living this kind of life in obedience is Christ in me. It’s a daily surrendering myself before Him who sits on the throne. It’s a daily casting my crowns, my life, my desires, my will before the throne and saying “Worthy are You our Lord, to receive glory, and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created.” (Rev 4:11)
May it be so Lord Jesus. May it be so in my life.
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