The Heart of the Worshipper
Posted by: Stephanie Smith
Focus Verse: “Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.” Psalm 95:2
Paul defines true worship as surrendering ourselves fully to God, becoming living sacrifices, and delighting the very heart of God. Tall order? Indeed. Maybe Psalm 95 can help us. The psalmist suggests that worship includes our approaching God with joy, thanksgiving, humility, and confession.
Psalm 95:2 tells us: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! We’ve so many reasons to say thank you to our Lord; so many reasons to lift a joyful noise to him. Have you taken a moment to do so today?
Psalm 95:4-5 reminds us: In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. In both our highs and in our lows (in the awesome and in the challenging) – He is Lord of all. In our times of plenty and in our times of want – He is Lord of all. Have you acknowledged his perfection, his provision, and his kingship over your life today?
Psalm 95:8-9 instructs us: Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. How’s your heart? Is there any grievous way within you (doubt, impatience, worry, sin) that is testing the Lord, or calling him to prove himself to you? Have you confessed that to him today?
As Paul encourages us in Romans 12:1, Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.