Worship is about an encounter with God – our spirit communing with God’s spirit. It involves a choice, a decision to enter into the presence of God.
Throughout the Bible (particularly in the Psalms), we see that encountering God in worship encompasses the whole person – our minds, our emotions, and our bodies. As we practice worship this week, let’s take steps (maybe outside our comfort zones!) to worship holistically. Here are some ideas for engaging in the practice of worship.
- Set aside time each day this week for worship. Consider getting up 10 minutes early and devoting that time to worship.
- To engage your mind, you could pick one psalm and read it every day this week. (Suggestions: Psalm 38, 105, 111, 113 or 146) Let the poetry of the psalm shape your thoughts. Perhaps select one image from the psalm that stands out to you the most (God as Maker of heaven and earth or the LORD who sets the prisoners free, for example) and meditate on that throughout the week.
- Sing songs. During your time of worship, play one or two worship songs and sing along with them. Perhaps you could clap along, kneel, bow down.