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Reason 10: Worship is the Way to a Fruitful Life

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

Worship was created for us to magnify God and express our love for Him, in such a way that it becomes a way of life for us.  Once a person enters that place with God, one-on-one in full-blown worship, without question that person is never the same again.  That Oneness with God Almighty, that communion, changes us, making us more and more like Him with each instance.

Time spent outside the presence of God, leaves our heart empty and longing for that which we’ve previously experienced.  How often the routine cares of this life, and the pace with which we must address them, leave us feeling hopeless and powerless.  Such it was with David as we see below, as he found himself in a place without sensing the presence of God, having been pursued by Saul. Yet despite his emptiness, David pressed in to God, in worship, having made that practice a way of life.

Worship was a way of life for David.  Once a shepherd-boy, later anointed King, David knew his God and the benefits afforded him from that relationship.  David’s confidence in God and his expression of love and gratitude for God’s faithfulness were an integral part of his life.

“A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah; ‘O God, You are my God; I will seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, as in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; so I have seen You in the holy place, seeing Your power and Your glory.  Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. So I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips, when I remember You on my bed and think of You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.  My soul follows hard after You; Your right hand upholds me.’” (Psalms 63:1-8)

Notice the sincerity in David’s heart as he approached God.  David recognized the condition of his own heart, as well as the environment around him. How David yearned for the safety, reassurance, provision, and renewal in God’s presence.  In the passage above, David sought that familiar place of refuge, comfort, and reinvigoration.  Unfortunately, David found himself in a desolate place; a land that is dry and without water.

We know that without water, life cannot exist.  It is precisely this reason we have been created for worship.  David was totally familiar with this concept when he expressed his desperation to God, “My soul thirsts for You, My flesh longs for You”.

As we connect with God in worship, He deposits rivers of pure, living water deep within us so that they gush forth when His Spirit summons them.  Where does that living water come from?  In the book of Revelation, chapter 22, we learn this living water comes from the Throne of God and the Lamb of God.  This river brings life to everything and everyone it touches.

Notice how David lamented that he once met God in the sanctuary, and now longed to meet Him there again.  Seeing God’s power and glory encouraged David despite his circumstances.  Notice also that David didn’t give up in his desperation, but instead, took his position, with hands and heart lifted up toward God in worship.  David poured out words of faith and hope from his heart with complete confidence in God.

David knew that in God, there is no lack; his entire life and provision are satisfied. We know that blood is created in the marrow of the bone.  Further in Leviticus we learn that the life of the flesh is in the blood. So what was David saying here?  He was testifying that as he worshiped God, God would supply the entirety of his physical, emotional, and financial need.

David remembered the goodness of God as he worshiped, and thus, meditated on Him in the evenings.  David recounted the victories God had brought about in his life and celebrated them again, allowing his faith to be strengthened.   Pay particular attention to the fact that David recognized his protection and strength came from God.  Through his connection to God established and maintained in worship, David purposed in his heart, to follow God as closely as he could. What is clear is that for David, worship and homage to God had become a way of life. Not surprising in 1st Samuel chapter 13 we see that God alluded to David as “a man after His own heart”.

In giving thought to the feelings David expressed having once met God in the sanctuary where His power and glory were manifest; I am compelled to ask you if you share the same sentiments.  Does your house of worship, the pastor, and leadership team there invite God to manifest Himself in Power and Glory? Or have you found yourself in a wilderness-type setting where it seems dry and lifeless.

Perhaps some further introspection and challenge is necessary.  It may very well be that you need to ask yourself the same question that Jesus asked the two disciples of John the Baptist who began following Jesus, ”What are you seeking?” (See John 1:38).  I wonder how long it took them to formulate a response to Jesus’ question.  When they did, it was “Teacher, where are you staying?” Undoubtedly, those two men recognized a deficiency in their own lives.  Further, there was an understanding, whether they were able to articulate it or not, that Jesus provided the remedy for their deficiency. Also interesting is that the two men where keenly interested in knowing where Jesus would reside. With their use of the term, teacher, they postured themselves in the role of a student, ready to absorb that which Jesus would share with them.

How about you dear one?  Are you curious about where God resides, and makes Himself at home, manifesting His power and glory?  Have you postured yourself in such a way as to absorb all that God has for you?  As I write these words, lyrics to a familiar hymn flood my consciousness: “Lord prepare me, to be a Sanctuary…” How does a person learn to yield to God allowing Him to make them a Holy Habitation for His presence individually, without first experiencing that in a corporate setting?

© Andrew Logan
About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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  1. Thanks, Andrew. I’ll highlight this on our member blog for Christian Poets & Writers – http://christianpoetsandwriters.blogspot.com. God bless.

    Mary Sayler

    August 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm


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