Hey friends! This week my soul is needing some recharging and I can’t think of a better way to do that then by cultivating an atmosphere of worship in our home! There have been periods this year where we were more in the habit of this and it was sooo fruitful. I can’t wait to dive back in with you all this week!
Here are a few things to remember. God’s presence is never far from His children. He says He will never leave us and Holy Spirit literally lives within us. So if He feels far away, it is likely on our end. Presence with Him has slipped lower on the totem pole of our priorities. Sometimes this is unnoticeable at first. You get a little bit busyer during a new season, your 3 year old decides not to sleep through the night so you find it harder to get up before the sun (not speaking from experience or anything. Haha!) You find yourself traveling and away from the typical spaces in which you seek Him in the secret place.
Whatever it may be, I don’t believe that it is usually an intentional drifting away, but suddenly you find yourself there. Not as close as you once were. I’ve found that I can be transported back to that place or even deeper into His presence by cultivating worship.
1.Pray When you Wake
Having trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Wakeup thanking God that you are alive in Him. I promise any complaint about what you need to accomplish that day or fear of failure even before you get moving will quickly evaporate into praise.
2. Practice Gratefulness
This might seem so simple but practicing gratefulness is hugely beneficial. I mean complaining isn’t really something God is down for. So speaking gratefulness over everything, even those things yet to come that we are praying for creates this beautiful heart posture towards Him.
3. Fast from Negativity
I first heard of this idea from Steve Backlund’s Ignite your faith in 40 days. He presents this as a fast from negative thought and word for 40 days (and obviously the goal is to create a habit and continue on.) The idea is that most humans (Christians included) focus on the problems in front of them rather than hope in the promises of God and possible positive outcomes. Can you imagine your heart posture toward the Lord when you get out of the habit of complaining or thinking negatively before running to Him?!
4. Worship Background Music
I love me some background noise that isn’t children screaming, don’t you?! Haha! But seriously, worship music is something that majorly sets the tone in our home. By that I mean, you can tell a difference when we are out of the habit of playing it continuously throughout the day. This is my personal worship playlist on Spotify. You can listen for free, and it’s pretty good if I do say so myself.
Soaking is the practice of getting in a quiet space and listening to a worship song with your spirit and mind open to hear from God. Click to my post entitled Hiding No More to read my experience with this practice and try it for yourself!
6. Dance Breaks
As I mentioned in the soaking exercise linked above, God showed me earlier this year that my movement and music were pleasing to Him. I had placed so many boundaries on both over the years, and wouldn’t you know that God just loves to break those things off of people. I’m telling you, this girl couldn’t even raise a hand during a worship song prior to this year and now I’m doing pirouettes across my house. Not very well since it’s been about 20 years since I did any kind of dance training, but freeing none the less. God doesn’t want boxes on how we worship Him that is for sure.
For you this may be art, or writing, or photography, or some other creative endeavor. (God is WOW-ing me right now with the fact that me writing this is an expression of worship! Ahhh!)
Growing up communion was just something we did at church. In my adult years, I became more aware that communion was most often presented as a time that we think on how bad we are that Christ’s blood needed to be shed and His body needed to be broken for us. It was this introspective thing, where we evaluated all the sin in our lives and hoped that we didn’t forget to confess anything.
What was once an act of tradition wrought with condemnation for the believer (and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Rom 8:1 ), I now understand to be a beautiful act of worship. This profound teaching on communion by Chris Gore lays it out is such an incredible way. You see, communion done the right way should be focused on Christ. Thanking Him for His finished work on the cross and that we can be called righteous because of what He did. That we can be saved, delivered, and healed.
It’s soo good. I yearn to be in the habit of this regularly.
8. Declare God’s Promises
Not feeling joyful or like God is distant? Speak His promises over yourself. Here are some examples to start right now.
- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matt 13:43)
- “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)
- “Have faith in God. For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22b-24)
- “Do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:31)
- “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
- “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:23, 26-27)
9. Have Scripture on Display
We like to have the Word scattered throughout our home to keep it present on our minds and hearts throughout the day.
One of my favorites is “…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 5:18b-20)
Another good one to posture your heart towards worship is Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
10. Enter His Rest
Hebrews 4:9-10 says, “There remains therefore a rest fo the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Often one of the ways that I have gotten away from a continual atmosphere of worship, is when I have picked a works-based Christianity mindset back up.
Ephesians 2:8-9 shows us that it is by grace we have been saved, not of works. It is completely by the mercy of God that we are alive in Christ (Eph 2:4) and are called the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21).
It is when I allow Holy Spirit to convict me of that righteousness (or right standing, John 16:10 & Col 1:21-22) and rest from works as an effort to achieve right standing, that my heart is most completely postured to worship Him.
How do you cultivate an atmosphere of worship in your home?