Psalm 34:1-3 NKJV
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together.
Exactly what is worship? I like King David’s definition in Psalm 34:3, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together.” Worship is magnifying God, enlarging our vision of Him, praising and blessing His Name.
Of course, in our worship, God’s size does not change, but our perception of Him does. As we draw close to God, He appears larger. Isn’t that what we need? A big view of God? Don’t we have big problems, big worries and big questions? Of course we do. Hence, how much we need a big view of God. Worship offers that.
When we sing of His Holiness and His beauty, our vision of God is expanded. When we worship God with songs in the Spirit, our heart and mind are renewed in the knowledge of how God is bigger than all the issues of our life. As we worship God and stand in His presence, even our countenance brightens up. God is in the business of changing the face of the world. Let Him begin with changing the face of yours and mine where our very lives illuminate His glory for all to see.
Very often, when we are looking for green pastures in circumstances and places, we will find them browning over when we get there. But when we worship God with all our heart, we are allowing God to lead us to the pastures of the heart, and we will find lushness right where we are. And that lushness we find right where we are, gives us the strength to move ahead into the path that God leads us to. This is the beauty and power of worshipping God.
When should we bless the Lord with our worship? How often do we praise His Holy Name with our lips? King David says in Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
In every day and every moment of our lives lie the blessing and mercy of our Lord Jesus. He never ceases to bless and satisfy. Because of this, we ought to have new songs of praise to sing unto Him each day. Bless the Lord at all times. Circumstances and people may change, but God never changes. He is worthy of our worship in adversity and prosperity, in times of despair and moments of joy. Just as the lamp in the Temple of God burnt continually, worship and praise ought to continually flow from our heart and mouth.
Praising and worshipping God is not limited to singing in church. It is a lifestyle. It permeates the believer’s life. When we declare to our friends the blessings of the Lord that we have experienced, that is our praise unto Him. When we share how the Lord saved us, healed us, delivered us, that is giving worship to God.
Acts 16:25 & 26 NASB
25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
That is the power of praising and worshipping God right there! People are listening to us. Prison doors will be opened and everyone’s chains shall come loose! God releases His power in the presence of praise.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God is waiting to use us to open up some prison doors and unfasten some chains. Would we open our mouth to keep praising and worshipping Him?
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! All creation and all power belong to You, You are worthy of all praise and all worship. I love You, Lord, more than anything and anyone in this world. And I want to worship You with all my heart all the days of my life. Thank You, Lord, for being our good and loving Father, for all that You have done and what You have promised for the future. I live my life to worship and honor You. Use my life, O Lord, to bring Your Name and glory to the ends of the earth. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”