I am so blessed to have friends who are also desiring to go deeper with God. It makes my spiritual journey so much easier to know that others are on the same road. The Lord has been speaking to me for several weeks about going deeper in my walk with Him. I asked three friends to be guest writers here at One Thing and share how God is taking them deeper as well.
My friend, Glenda Kimrey, wrote about going deeper with God in intercessory prayer, which is a direct result of seeking intimacy with Him. Her daughter, Genesis Harrington, shared with us last week about going deeper in God’s Word, which also comes from a desire to seek Him with all our hearts.
Today, I’m so blessed to introduce the last part of this series on going deeper with God, written by my friend, Bethany Lee. Bethany and I have collaborated on here before, so if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will be familiar with her already.
She blogs at pitterandglink.com, where she shares Bible journaling ideas and goodies, along with other crafty how-tos. We have a special treat for you today: Bethany has written today’s post in the form of a downloadable devotion and Bible journaling goodies to go with it. So, not only do you get the third installment about going deeper with God in worship, you also get to download free goodies to go with it. How cool is that?
Worship is a very special subject to me because I am a worship leader—a title that I am honored, humbled, and honestly petrified by all at the same time. I feel blessed to be able to lead people in worship, but with that leadership position comes the responsibility of helping people enter into worshiping the Creator of the Universe. And, honestly, sometimes I don’t think I fully understand true worship. When Jennifer asked me to write a devotion about digging deeper in worship, I was more than happy to do it. I knew that studying worship from a Biblical perspective in order to write a devotion was just the push I needed to come to a better understanding of what God desires from our worship. God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13,
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (ESV).
And true to His promise, as I put aside time for several days to study worship, I found God and His desire for our worship in the pages of His Word.
Often when I stand in front of my church’s congregation and worship, I feel the need to explain worship to those who seem to have a bewildered look on their faces. Maybe you are a lot like those people in my congregation, and for you and them both, the bewildered look comes from not knowing how to worship. Sure, you can look the part by singing the worship songs and maybe lifting your hands a time or two, but your “looking the part” is not the kind of worship God desires. 1 Samuel 16:7 tells us,
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (ESV).
While we can stand with our hands held high in worship and sing our favorite worship songs to the top of our lungs, if our heart is not in our worship, that worship is not pleasing to God. So what are we to do when we want to worship but aren’t quite sure how?
I hope that the devotion God laid on my heart explains that a little more for you. The devotion is entitled “Whole-Hearted Worship,” and you can download your copy here. You can find the coordinating Bible journaling printable—full of tabs, journaling cards, itty-bitty words, and other goodies—over at my blog Pitter & Glink.
Post written by Bethany Lee. You can follow her blog at PitterandGlink.com.