THE DEEPEST LEVEL OF WORSHIP
“The deepest form of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting Him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.” -Rick Warren
Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and mercy; I will worship toward and at Your holy temple in reverent fear and awe of You.
It is the mature Christian who will surrender to suffering and lift his arms up to the Lord in worship. To raise a voice in worship, when the world all around seems to be crumbling, is an act of true love and Godly devotion. This deep level of worship is worth knowing, it is worth the pain.
When you are soaked in the deep waters of sorrow and grief, yet make an effort to lift your voice in praise, God beams with gladness. Even the whispered and choked attempt to sing is a mighty victory for you and God. It is a sign of your obedience, trust, love, and courage for Him. It is a time when your Savior would say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Thanking God for trials requires a spiritual perspective. It requires and understanding of how the Master teaches and how the devil schemes. The evil one wants us to give up and turn our backs on our Redeemer. The Lord wants us to exercise our spiritual muscles and learn from the trial we are walking through.
If you are bent on building your relationship with God expect difficult and painful lessons. To see struggles as blessings rather than burdens is the perspective change I am trying to get across. It requires us to have our eyes on Jesus and not on ourselves. We humans can be so self-absorbed. It is not just teens that suffer from this human condition.
God created us for relationship. When we worship His name He dwells in the midst of our praises. He is in communion with us during worship. Please don’t let the sorrow or heartache you are experiencing interfere with your opportunity to fellowship with God.
I pray you enter into an even deeper relationship with your Lord. I pray you grow in your intimate relationship, where you are able to worship your Savior and share in His sufferings. Remember that your sufferings are nothing compared to that which He endured on our behalf on the cross. They are nothing compared to the riches you will inherit in the world to come.
Psalm 29:2 Give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness or in holy array.
A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers, which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.
– Brother Lawrence