When I don’t feel like praising…

Maybe it’s Sunday morning, and the band is playing all your favourites but for some reason, you just can’t concentrate. Perhaps you didn’t get the results you worked so hard for. You’ve fallen out with a friend. Or maybe you’re just tired?

Let me start by saying this worship is not for you, but you know that. What I mean is that sung worship is not for you to get a warm fuzzy feeling and goosebumps. Fuzzy feeling or not, I am continually being reminded that we sing to celebrate God for everything he is and everything he has done, will do or is doing, our worship is to praise him alone. And this is not just in sung worship, our worship is every area of our lives. As Christian’s everything we do is meant to reflect the heart of God; from the way that you greet a Costa barista, to the way you act in school. We might not ‘feel’ like revising or doing extra research for an essay but we must remember that work done well honours God just as much as the Reckless Love bridge does.

 “I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, until the end.”
Psalm 119:112 (ESV)

I love this verse because of how it’s phrased, the writer of this Psalm is saying that he is going to choose to follow God’s commandments for the rest of their life. The word incline is so important here and we can relate it to our worship scenario, that we can stand in our place of worship and say, “I don’t feel like it, but I choose to worship you”, “God I don’t see what or even if you’re doing anything, but I choose to honour you anyway.” Using ‘forever, until the end’ is also a challenge to us, can we honestly say that through all of life’s up and downs, that we always choose to remain faithful to God? I definitely struggle with this sometimes but it’s something that we all get to practice daily.

So, I challenge you as well as myself, incline your heart. Tell it to care about your grades, to love those who get under your skin and above all else remind it that God is good, he is faithful until the end. He listens to (and answers!) your tired prayers with or without worship pads.

Got questions? Need prayer? Leave a comment below, or DM us at @rootedfsat we’d love to hear from you 😊

-A

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