Join me in this 31 day August study about what the Bible says on worship as we learn about our need for it versus God’s desire for it.
WORSHIP IN SUFFERING
Everything changes when your life is threatened. You start to see what’s important and what’s not.
I was pregnant with my first child when my mother-in-law died from brain cancer. It was a horrible year for all of us. I had no idea the horrors that cancer could do to someone, and in her last few months, she couldn’t even speak.
But I remember in the months leading up to those, she would sit in her chair and quietly sing the songs from her church hymnal. She needed that worship. She craved it.
I didn’t join in on singing with her. I don’t know why. Maybe I was embarrassed, but frankly I didn’t get it.
It was more of a “that’s nice” kind of thought, rather than what it really was: a suffering woman being faithful to her God.
What a lesson I missed in that moment.
WORSHIP IS FOR US?
It wasn’t until I was dealt my own hardship that I realized what she was doing in that moment. On my own nights of pain and suffering, I held onto all I had left: worship.
No one had answers, no one had the cure. I cried out to God and even then I felt abandoned. If I wasn’t healing, what was he doing? I didn’t have the strength to study my Bible, but I could worship.
I would listen to praise songs for hours in the middle of the night, night after night.
It was a gut-wrenching, soul-cleansing time. A chance for me to connect with the God I felt so far from. An opportunity to remind myself of his goodness even among the horribleness.
Maybe you need reminding that worship is for YOU. God didn’t create us to worship because he needed it, he knew we would! Worship allows us to gain perspective. It opens our eyes to who God is even when we can’t hear him, see him or feel him. He wants us to experience him.
Take this month to dig into what it means to truly worship God, and learn why he created worship for our benefit, not his.
We serve a God who loves and cares for us! Let’s worship him!
AUGUST SCRIPTURES ON WORSHIP
The directions are simple:
- Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
- Write a scripture each day in the space on the left and reflect on it in the space on the right.
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For more monthly scripture studies, read:
- March: Scripture Study on Jesus’ Ministry
- April: Scripture Study on Guarding Your Heart
- May: Scripture Study on the Power of Our Words
- June: Scripture Study on Joy
- July: What the Bible Says About Meditation
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