Day 32 – Lifestyle of Worship

Winters are hard here in Michigan, and I am often grounded from travel in January and February. Though I don’t always enjoy having my wings clipped, staying home for a few weeks is probably a good thing! I am the type of person who likes to be on the go, but at times I have sensed the Lord telling me to slow down and just be. He has inspired me to worship Him, not just in exciting mountaintop experiences but also in the simple, ordinary moments of everyday life.

I am reminded of a story in the Bible when Jesus was traveling in the middle of the day. The disciples had gone to buy lunch and Jesus was thirsty, so He went to a well for a drink. The Lord sat down at the well and soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water. He asked the woman for a drink, and she gave it to Him. In that very moment, the simple act of sharing water became an offering to the living God!

“Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. . . . But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:21, 23–26)

The Samaritan woman never imagined she would meet her Savior on an ordinary day in the midst her chores. As she unknowingly served God, her eyes were opened and she saw Him for who He really was!

I am learning that this is a picture of true worship. It’s easy to praise God during an inspiring worship service with great music and anointed preaching. But God is looking for those who will worship Him not just on Sunday morning, but even on a Monday morning while dwelling in the valley.

If we look carefully, we can see the Lord’s holiness even in the ordinary things of life—His beauty in a sunrise, His joy in the laughter of a child, and His strength in our daily chores. When our hearts are focused on the Lord, suddenly even the dust under our feet becomes holy ground!

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every bush afire with God
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries.
—Elizabeth Browning

The Lord is constantly revealing Himself to us. We are the ones who miss His presence because we are so focused on ourselves and on the worries and cares of life. We expect to find God only in the spectacular, and yet we forget that He is spectacular, and He is all around us. In fact, He seems to prefer working miracles in ordinary places where ordinary folks live, work, and love. Take a moment and close your eyes. Can you sense His presence? Just know that wherever you are, He is there with you.

Learning to live in the awareness of God’s presence takes time and practice. The more we train our hearts to worship the Lord as we go about our day, the more He will fill us with the living water of the Holy Spirit.

“. . . whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)

As we make a conscious decision to seek Christ in each moment, our hearts can be filled with heaven while our feet are still on earth. I want to be so full of the Holy Spirit that one day I will close my eyes in this world and open them in the next finding only the scenery has changed! We may not always like the scenery here on earth, but if we look with the eyes of our hearts, we can behold His beauty in every moment and every place.

Lord, thank You for interrupting my busyness and reminding me of what is truly important. Help me stay focused on eternal things and teach me how to worship You in my thoughts, words, and actions. Be a fountain of living water in me today! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

  • How does worship change the worshiper?
  • How could worship affect the lives of those around us?
  • What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?