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“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” -Psalm 86:9-10
What comes to mind when you hear the word “worship”? Do you immediately picture a congregation lifting their hands while singing Sunday morning praise and worship songs?
The Israelites sang to the Lord after He parted the Red Sea allowing them to safely cross, and King David sang songs of prayer to the Lord often. But what about Abraham’s obedience in being willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac, or Job’s broken yet humble spirit during the years God allowed Satan to test him through a series of emotionally and physically painful experiences?
While music is an important part of worship, it is only one element of it.
Whether we realize it or not, we are given multiple opportunities every day to worship the Lord through the decisions we make, the attitudes we adopt, and the words that we say. When we do chores around the house without grumbling or complaining, we are worshipping the Lord through a good attitude and a happy heart. When we put 100% of our best effort into completing an assignment for school, we are worshipping the Lord through a strong work ethic. When we decide to take some time out of our day to read the Bible instead of watching TV, we are worshipping the Lord through the giving of our time. When we have been hurt by another’s actions yet choose to forgive them rather than hold a grudge, we are worshipping the Lord through a spirit of humility.
Begin seizing every opportunity to worship the Lord in your daily life, and experience the blessings that a life totally surrendered in worship to God brings.
Meet Rachel Anne Brown, a ninth grader at Liberty University Online Academy. She has a wonderful family that includes a younger brother Ryan who is going into seventh grade and her parents. Her mom is a college professor and her dad works at the local hospital.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys babysitting, playing the piano and cello, and participating in Future Farmers of America (FFA). Rachel is currently preparing for an FFA contest about the laws of meetings and parliamentary procedure. Her seven-member team won first place at the state level last March and is now preparing to compete at the National FFA Convention in October.
Rachel relishes the option to learn everything at home through her courses with LUOA. She also likes the Bible classes that help her learn more about God’s word. In the future, Rachel would like to become an occupational therapist and use her training to be a missionary to Haiti.