. . . and then some more . . . More life. More Jesus.

Worship Anyway {Nourish Your Soul Day 13}

It had been a rough couple of weeks. No single major catastrophe, just a lot of little things nipping at my heels. I was discouraged. Feeling sorry for myself, really.

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So when I entered worship in the gym that Sunday morning, I hoped God would see it from my perspective and join my pity party.

He didn’t.

That’s not how God works. In fact, He does things altogether differently.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise (Ps 100:4).

Wanna’ know how to be where Jesus is? Thank Him. Wanna’ know how to rest where He dwells? Praise Him.

If you’re like me, you know sometimes that’s easy. Like when the sun sets beautifully over the corn crops down the road, and I can almost hear the earth shouting for joy to Creator God. Or when I see God’s hand working clearly in my children’s lives.

Other times, though, it’s more difficult, this praising thing. When my kids are sick or a friend hurts my feelings. When my computer crashes and I have thirty devotions to write. Or when the cats next door rip through the screen in my back porch, and I can’t enjoy my alone time on the porch that I love so dearly.

And even then, God wants my praise.

He doesn’t change His gate-entry procedure according to our circumstances. God is always good. He still deserves our praise. Not only that, but He knows when we worship Him we remember Who He is. Funny, because the converse is also true: when we remember Who He is, we can’t help but worship Him.

Worship the LORD with gladness (Ps 100:1) . . .

True worship is that which is glad in Who God is. Period.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever (Ps 100:5).

No matter where we are. No matter what we feel.

I might not be glad about the my ripped screen. But the LORD is God. He’s my God.

I might be downright upset about not having a computer for a short time. But I am God’s. A sheep in His pasture under His care.

And we can know God’s true presence and enter into His very place of dwelling when we choose to praise Him anyway. Only then will we find true joy.

Worship anyway.

**We are on a journey to nourish our souls in October. If you’re new here and want to catch up, here’s what we’ve done so far . . .

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Day 1: Nourish Your Soul: A 31-Day Challenge

Day 2: How to Know When Your Soul is Hangry

Day 3: What to Do When You Know You Need Better Water

Day 4: How I Fed My Soul This Week

Day 5: What God Says About How to Be Happy

Day 6: How Playdates With God Can Feed Our Souls

Day 7: The Junk Food Called Comparison

Day 8: Even in the Fog

Day 9: When Waiting Is Part of the Finding

Day 10: Three Truths About Eating God’s Bread

Day 11: What God Used To Feed My Soul This Week

Day 12: We Wait For You, God

 

This post was first published at Everyday With God in August, 2011.

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