Owning Your Worship

By Nate Powell
Last week, I ended one of my articles talking about the importance of your own personal times of worship. I hope that as a Christian disciple, we do not simply have a Lord’s day. Our entire lives are His. (Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 3:17) There is no small portion that he can have of me. If we are surrendered to Christ, then we have said to him that he has an all-access pass to every part of our week, every part of our day, every part of our lives and hearts.
When we were at Passion conference a few weeks ago, speaker Francis Chan reminded us of this privilege that we have with God: the privilege to meet with Him. This is why our view of our worship must be so much bigger than our Sunday morning gatherings … because our God is much bigger than our Sunday morning gatherings!
Exodus 33:7-11 reminds us that Moses had this privilege that he alone enjoyed. He had set up a tent outside of the Israelite camp and he would go there to meet and talk with God directly. The text speaks of how Moses would enter the tent, and the pillar of cloud would come down, and Moses would speak face to face with the Lord as one speaks to a friend.
Wow! To imagine what that must have been like! Moses speaking with Almighty God, Creator of the Universe! We can hardly wrap our minds around it. And yet, because of Jesus, we have been purified and sanctified to stand in God’s presence, just as Moses did. Understand, this is not a Sunday morning thing; this is a God and you everyday thing. Moses met with God regularly, and so can you, because of what Jesus has done! (Hebrews 10:19-22)
This brings me back for a moment to our music as worship. How do you speak to God in this time that you have with him? Are you praying? Are you meditating on His Word? Are you silent? Are you singing? Those times with God for me tend to be a combination of all of these things. And it is then that I sing the songs that are nearest and dearest to my heart. Those are my best times of worship in song … when it is just God and me and I’m declaring my love for him. Those are the best worship services that you will ever be a part of.
But you can make it your own. Even in times that you wouldn’t consider “quiet time”. Working on the car? Drop in a worship CD that you love and sing along. Washing the dishes? Use your phone’s bible app to pull up an audio Bible and have the Bible read to you. Exercising? Pull up a podcast of your favorite preacher. In our day and age, the opportunities to have time with the Lord are more abundant than ever. Take time today to spend time with God. You’ll find that everyday can become an amazing worship service