John Ortberg said, “I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on.” It can be easy for us to get caught up in life, walk with blinders on, and not even realize it. One of the ways God helps to keep us centered on Him is by giving us the ability to worship Him. Even if we “don’t feel like it,” we still benefit from being obedient and worshipping the greatness of Jesus. Words we sing aloud remind us of Biblical truths and draw us closer to Him, leading to the unlocking of a breakthrough we’re in need of.
He Gives Us More
Many times, we run to the world hoping it will provide us with what we are searching for. Love, protection, and assurance are a few things we, as humans, long for but these are not things we can rely on our world to give us. John 14:27 says, “I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” Jesus tells us this because He gives us more than the world can ever give us. Worship draws us near to the truth that God gives us more. In fact, He gives us all we need. In the worship song, “Lean Back” (Capital City Music), they sing, “Now I can see Your love is better than all the others that I’ve seen.” How true it is!
Through singing out words of truth about our God, we can redirect our perspective on life. By remembering the character of God, we are reminded that He is in control and that we are not. Words such as faithful, loving, almighty, all-knowing, just, and merciful, are a few attributes of God that we may sing out during worship. When we look at our God as a big God, our worldly problems seem small. But when we put God on the backburner and make him seem small, our worldly problems then look big, and scary, to us. God says to “set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth,” in Colossians 3:2. Perspective changes how we view the world, therefore it changes how we respond to the world.
The Goodness of God
As the words in “Come to the River” (Housefires) say, “I will taste and see that You are good.” These lyrics are great because they remind us that we must first “taste” to see God’s goodness. If we run, hide, or stray away from God, how could we ever see His goodness? Many worship songs sing about God’s goodness. These words reflect Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Allow yourself to “taste” the goodness of God by soaking up these words and reflecting on Him.
He is Near
In the song “Starlight” by Amanda Cook, she sings, “Endless miles can't conceal you.” No matter how far away we feel from God, whether physically or in our hearts, He is never far from us. Did you know that He is even near to us when we’re in need of a spiritual breakthrough? Psalm 34:18 says “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Even if we are at a point in our lives where we aren’t sure what to say to God, we can turn to worship for guidance. Worship songs can guide our conversations with Jesus, allowing us to open up to Him when we’re not sure how. 1 Peter 5:7 says to “cast all your cares on Him, because He cares about you.” Giving it all to God is the key to unlocking your breakthrough.
The power of worship is just that; it is powerful! Of course, worship is powerful because it is a gift to us from God. Psalm 29:2 says, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” Basking in worship can change our perspective, guide us in petition, prepare us to be still, and remind us that God is good and his love is unfailing, among many other things. Worshipping Jesus and prayer can really lead us to unlocking a breakthrough. “Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day (1 Chronicles 16:23).”
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