Written by: Dean Hulce
First Published in April 2018
Romans 12:1-2 ~ Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
This morning I was blessed to take a friend on a turkey hunt here in Michigan. He had traveled all the way from California to attempt to take a Michigan turkey. From the time we left the truck we could hear different birds waking up. There were owls, robins, sand-hill cranes, ducks, geese, chick-a-dees and of course turkeys. We sat for nearly two hours listening to all the different wildlife. It was an amazing morning.
Even with very little sleep on these hunts, I find the mornings in the woods a time to praise and worship my Lord. As He reveals Himself to me through His creation, it brings a great realization of how great He really is.
So many people leave church on Sunday morning and don’t even think about worship until the following Sunday. Literally every moment of life could be and should be a time of worship for the children of God. Charles Spurgeon once said, “All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.”
I think of my best times of worship are times when I just allow God to amaze me and fill my senses with His glory. But do I worship Him when I feel stressed or under pressure from this world. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Is not giving continual thanks to God a form of worship? But can we worship in ALL THINGS? I believe when our heart is right, we can.
Recently I had someone tell me a story that changed their life. I was young, I remember the circumstances, but never knew the details. When I was 8 or 9 and my brother Dale was 10 or 11, he came down with double pneumonia and was at death’s door. With a 106° fever and little treatment, it didn’t look good for him. The person that told me the story told me that they witnessed my parents in the hospital praying g together. Their words gave praise and glory to God. They were worshiping Him and letting Him know that they were okay with whatever God chose to do with Dale’s young life.
Could we all do that? Could we worship God as our child is laying in a hospital bed, possibly dying? That’s the kind of worship that we should be offering. How do we do this? We do it by releasing everything to God. By acknowledging His ownership of our lives. This comes through a life of prayer with Him.
There is nothing happier and more joyful than a heart fully given to Christ, nothing held back. When our heart becomes that, our life is one big worship service. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
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