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The life of David is an amazing example of someone who worshipped God in spite of his circumstances. Through David’s part in The Big God Story, we are immersed in the depths of the human experience. We see an example of a person who was fully aware of God and responded to Him.
David’s response was often worship. He recognized that worshipping God was the path to healing and restoration. David understood his special relationship with God—who he was as a child of God. He was a man who always ran to God. He was a man who, even in failure and adversity, found his identity in God. David was “a man after God’s own heart.” He desired to glorify God with all that he was.
“Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:2–4).
David wrote poems and songs as a form of worship. The Psalms are filled with different postures of worship: singing, dancing, shouting, offering thanksgiving, lamenting, praising, and bowing down … Psalm 30:11—mourning into dancing; Psalm 149:1—sing to the Lord; Psalm 27:6—shouts of joy; Psalm 95:2—come to Him with thanksgiving; Psalm 98:5–6—make a joyful symphony; Psalm 95:6—worship and bow down.
Worship literally means to “give worth to something.” Worship starts by simply thinking about God—taking time to appreciate who He is, what He has done, and what He is doing. Worship is our way of responding to God. When we worship we are able to give a voice to our deepest thoughts and feelings. Romans 12:1 says, “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Worship is a sacrifice of our time, treasure, and talents. It’s taking our everyday lives and placing them before God as an offering.
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Read Psalm 103:1–14.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
Read this psalm of blessing once again. As you do, change your physical posture. Try kneeling before God—maybe in a whispered prayer or maybe even shouting. The literal meaning of the word bless is “to kneel.” When we bless God, our souls kneel to Him—in worship or gratitude.
Consider your daily activities: sleeping, eating, going to work, etc. Choose one activity. What would it look like to place that activity before God as an offering of worship? What would you do differently? How would you think differently about this part of your life? Would the frequency, method, or other details of this activity change? This week, take this and lay it before God. Offer it to Him as an act of worship as you offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God.