Welcome! This post today is about the personal fellowship of worship that God wants to have with each one of us – but first let’s take a very brief look at a few of the main reasons that some born again believers feel that they don’t know “how” to worship the Lord on their own.
One reason would be “church without a personal knowledge of Jesus”….. a place only of rules and regulations – apart from a personal knowledge of and fellowship with – the One that “inhabits” the praises and worship of His people. Most people that are like that themselves – or – go to a church like that for very long will find nothing there that teaches about – or lends to personal worship. But you know what – even in some churches like that -.the Word of God still has a place – and that word has a way of weaving it’s way into people’s hearts – if they should begin to feel a hunger to know the “Author” more personally!
And when any heart begins to hunger to touch God – to know and to hear Him, the promise in His word is that these will find Him – for He is very near to every one of us – if just perhaps – we should decide to call on Him. It is that way with getting born again – and it is that way afterward – if we will ourselves seek to know Him … and to worship Him.
But a second reason we may think (after being born again) that we do not know how to worship God outside of church – being that we may be looking too much for some kind of “soulish excitement” if I may call it that. When the fact of the matter is that sometimes we just need to get quiet and still – and set our mind and direct our focus on Jesus. Personal worship does not have to be loud or even with music. You can start by just laying everything that would hinder or interrupt aside – go to a quiet place, start thinking of different things He has done or given that you should be thankful for …. and the further down that road of giving thanks to God and getting to know Him that you go – the easier it will be to just have a heart full of thanks – and that will lead to adoration and worship as night follows day! And that is because God is so incredibly good – and great – that it is just natural – to want to know Him more – as you get to know Him!!
….. But – we can be born again and yet choose to stay right where we began – but myself (and plenty of others like me) didn’t want to camp there…. because one good taste of what it is like to know Jesus and God the Father. ..and there was no question of not pursuing to have more of the same! So, I/we kept choosing to go after Him. In this scripture, the Psalmist did the same …. ..
Psalm 91:1,2,9,14,15 …… The Psalmist – or you and I – “choose” to stay close to God; and thereby we “learn” to trust Him and make Him our refuge; you and I choose to “set” our love (the deepest affection of our heart) upon Him – and that is not at all hard to do as you get to know and trust Him! …. (Did you notice all the choices that He put into our hands to make – or not?!) and the promise for choosing those things is this: “He/she will call upon Me and I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble; I will set them on high because they “know My name; I will deliver them and honor them; and I will show them my salvation!” There is no money on earth that can buy those things and the peace and gladness that come with them! Hallelujah what a Savior – and what a Friend He has turned out to be! !!!!!
Psalm 16:7-11 (paraphrased) ….. I will bless the Lord – for He has given me counsel – which will be there within my heart and mind to instruct me even in the night seasons. And….. because I have set the Lord always before me – He is at my right hand so that I shall not be moved….. therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices (in thanksgiving and worship to this One to whom I owe so much) … and my flesh also shall rest in hope …. because He will not leave my soul in those dark places ; and He will show me and direct me onto the path of life; and here and now – as I worship Him – I find in His presence there is fulness of joy – and at His right hand are the pleasures of eternal victory – forevermore with Him!
I hope that you received some things here to encourage you to choose to start worshipping the Lord at home in your own one on one time with Him. And I hope that you will come again to this site to check for the next post about some more things that will lend to your becoming more and more sensitive to hearing His voice! .