I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
We are designed to worship God. Sin has defiled that worship and caused us to worship many other things instead. But what is worship and what makes worship God centered? Donald Whitney has said, “The word worship comes from the Saxon word weorthscype, which later became worthship. To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to approach and address God as if He is worthy.” At its core, worship is giving worth in your heart to God.
Godly worship is: A follower of Jesus engaged in a moment by moment desire and decision to focus on and respond, in thanksgiving, to the only true God, finding the delight that comes from being constantly and consciously aware of his presence as he delights in them.
Notice a few things about the definition above. Moment by moment. Desire and decision. Focus on and respond to the only true God. With thanksgiving. Finding delight in the One who delights in you. Constantly and consciously aware of his presence. Ponder each of those phrases today as you consider how you live out a life of worship to God. How do you consider God worthy in each moment of this day?
Godly worship is wanting nothing from God, other than his presence, and finding that everything is found only in him. It is realizing that nothing you bring to him makes you worth more to him. It is not that you are worthy to worship because of the gifts you bring, it is that he is worthy because of who he has made you to be. You adore him as one of his children and find the joy of serving him in all that you do because you are constantly aware of his presence. Today, seek to be aware of God’s presence in each and every moment of your life and worship him there!