How Do You Worship


How do you worship when...
    prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling,
    God’s voice seems to be muted,
    and your spiritual senses seem to be infused with Novocain?
How do you worship when...
    you don’t have the strength to lift your hands,
    or the will to try?

How do you worship when...
    your vision is like a lens out of focus,
    your pebbles of life feel like boulders,
    and your questions go unanswered?
How do you worship when...
    all around you is pain--
    a fallen world, dying in the weight of itself?

How do you worship when...
    you don’t know how to worship,
    every prayer feels like the same as before,
    and all you have to offer God are cliches of truth.
“You are holy.”
“God is good.”
“He is faithful.”
How do you worship when such truth
    feels like what you’ve prayed a thousand times,
    sung a million times,
    and declared a billion times?

How do you worship when...
    you KNOW you cannot not worship,
    you KNOW to not worship is to give in to the Devil’s schemes,
    and you KNOW to not worship is to die,
    yet worship remains an uphill battle?
How do you worship when you no longer care to worship?

How do you worship when...
    someone unexpectedly pays for a meal you can’t afford,
    you receive a job promotion,
    or the puzzle pieces of your life begin to fall into place
How do you worship when...
    life hands you the lemonade
    instead of just the lemons.

How do you worship when...
    blind eyes see,
    deaf ears hear,
    or chronic illnesses disappear?
How do you worship when...
    finances, health, and personal goals align,
    when God’s blessings are abounding?

Thanksgiving. Truth. Spirit.
Always Thanksgiving--in every circumstance.
Always Truth--from your heart and from the Word.
Always by the Holy Spirit.
Even if the only thing you can say is,
“I am thankful that God is God alone.”

Simply, never never never quit worshiping God.
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