First and foremost praise is worship! The two are so tightly joined, I would describe it as worship’s DNA. It’s our natural response to beauty. It’s our love in motion…in expression. I believe God wired us to do this, and whole-heartedly through our passions. Praise is not meant to be a laborious task…it is a natural response to our Father who we love! It’s not a music genre…it’s not a format…it’s not a formula.
So in my world, the way I praise God is: writing, music, serving my wife, proclamation, ministry, meditating, encouraging people, creative design, marketing…and the list would go on and on and on. My praise shouldn’t be filtered to just the 1st day of-the week…nor should it come to a climax on that day.
What if I made an effort to full-on praise everyday…in all the ways listed, for the rest of the year? What if I made an intentional effort to draw so close to God that my natural demeanor was praise to Him? What would my family, my job, my friends, my relatives , my small group, my ministry, my world look like by Dec. 31st.?
God I pray for opportunity, power from the Spirit, and guidance to rise to this challenge. Help me get beyond words on this blog! How are you praising this week? How can you raise it to the next level?
Breathe In & Smile Out,