“Bless the LORD, O my soul:
and all that is within me,
[bless] his holy name”
Worship is a response to God that needs to be practiced to be set free within us. To begin with it may seem awkward and artificial. However as we become used to it, and allow it to rise spontaneously within us, it becomes perfectly natural and as it should be.
David was great at expressing himself to God and some of his psalms are eloquent in their praise and worship. We can use them ourselves as a starting point – relying on his words or changing them to make them more personal, or even homing in on a particular phrase and allowing it to touch our own hearts as we offer it to God. (e.g. Psalms 19 and 103)
I have always been deeply moved by the words “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 96:9) As I have said them over and over I have allowed my mind to imagine the awesome holiness of God and the flood of beauty and light that flows from Him in brilliant streams of sparkling life. At other times I have allowed Him to draw me into that holiness – and as I have begun to experience the ‘beauty of holiness’ within me to lift my spiritual voice in unending torrents of praise and worship until at the last I am bowed before Him in a living silence.
Paul tells us that,
“Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20)
Creation is therefore both a revelation of the glory, majesty and beauty of the Almighty Father and a platform from which we can turn to Him in praise and worship.
Most people are exposed to this creation in some form or another every day. The quiet beauty of a sunrise; the glorious colours of a sunset where the artist’s brush has swept across the sky and reached out to touch the clouds with splashes of brilliance; the majestic stateliness of trees with their softly rippling leaves – or bending humbly before the mighty waves of wind; the gentle grasses and the cheeky daisies; the velvet roses and the dancing fuchsias; the blue skies hung with tumbling masses of immaculate clouds; the rumbling thunder rolling across the heavens and the flashes of lightening shocking the darkness; the star-studded night; a single flower or fern in a small jar; shadows on the wall; the song of a bird; the haunting cry of a fish eagle, the darting flash of a dragonfly; valleys and hills and towering peaks; delicious fruit; spouting whales and surfing dolphins; and so much more.
If we will pause to look and to see we may sense the Lord’s delight as we say involuntarily “O God, that’s wonderful.” And “Thank you for showing it to me and making me able to see it and appreciate it.” “You made it Lord and it is ‘very good!’” And simply, “You are so wonderful Lord!”
When it comes from our heart it touches His heart and for those moments our hearts are joined in love. And then at a deeper level our faith in this God of Love begins to grow. However your life is at this moment let God direct your attention to something near you that He has made. Contemplate it fully – let Him speak to you through it – and then respond to Him.
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands”