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Depending on the way you grew up, worship was either a very normal thing or, if you came to your faith later in life, it may be a relatively newer experience.

Either way, worship is an important part in your faith.

I am a pastor's kid. Singing in church was always very normal. In fact, most of my memory verses I learned were taught to me by my mom with a song.

Worship can often seem like just something we do at the beginning of a church service before the Pastor brings his message, but friends, that is definitely not why worship was created.

We were created to worship and God inhabits the praises of His people.

Being in a church building isn’t a requirement in order to worship. In fact, Luke 19:40 says, "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

God demands we worship! And if we don’t, then the stones will!

Worship is an act of surrender and allows our hearts to be prepared for what He is wanting to speak to us. Now that may be before a sermon or it may just be during your devotional time with Him.

You see, worship takes the focus off of us and our problems.

Psalms 95:-12 says:

“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise.”

It is easy to worship when all is going well, but what about when life hits us hard? Are we still willing to worship him?

I heard someone say once that worship is an act of war.

Worship is our “sacrifice of praise to our Lord.”

When we worship we are trusting God to fight our battles and we must praise Him even before we know the outcome of our battle with thanksgiving.

By worshiping in the midst of our circumstances, we are demonstrating our trust in God.

So friends, I challenge you to worship with all your heart, soul and mind. Come into His presence with thanksgiving even if you aren’t sure of the outcome.

I promise that when you open your heart to worship, you will see God move in your life.

~ Rhonda Velez

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