I just finished reading Darlene Zschech's book "WORSHIP CHANGES EVERYTHING: Experiencing God's Presence in Every Moment of Life" and wanted to share some thoughts here:
Someone once remarked in a Bible study I was in, “I always
have a problem with the idea that God is demanding we worship Him. It seems so –
not needy – maybe egotistic?”
Darlene says something in this book that I think does a good
job explaining this.
“We need to worship. Worship changes everything. For it is
in the decision – the exercise of our will – to worship that our whole
perspective on life changes. Our eyes are drawn to God, our Protector and
Healer. We no longer obsess over what is wrong with life, but we learn to
simply breathe and find joy in the opportunities to grow, to conquer, to bless,
to draw nearer to our Lord and Savior.”
I’ve been reading the Psalms while reading this book and
often David or the other writers start out asking God to help them or ask “How
long God will you let evil reign?” and then while focusing on God turn
completely around to hope and joy because they’ve been reminded Who they are
praying to. Who is in charge. Worship does more for us than it does for God!
Darlene also points out in each chapter how everything we do
can be an act of worship. Mainly by glorifying God with every thought, word,
attitude and action.
I think this is an important message for Christians today;
many of whom seem to think worship is confined to an hour on Sunday mornings. Also
I think we often do Bible study to learn more about God, but then stop there.
Learning more about God should cause us to worship Him. To praise Him and thank
Him for wanting to have a relationship with Him and for providing a way for us
to do that.
Maybe we take our salvation for granted. But if we didn’t,
if we really thought about what we are saved from, we would be on our knees
daily thanking Him.
This book is a helpful reminder to put God in the center of
our lives. I received a copy from Bethany House for my honest review.
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