Praise and Worship

ocean 1 Chro 16-29

Do you ever feel like your praise and worship lacks sincerity?

I sat down for my quiet time just after getting my people out of the house and to their respective places of work and school.  Rushed and ready to get the rest of my day moving, I began to pray.  Lord, thank you for this day…but immediately it felt insincere and predictable.  As I began again in hopes of expressing my adoration to God, I realized I had nothing to say.

You see, I was absent the day the Lord was handing out the gift of easily praising others.  I am an introvert to the core.  Encouragement and words of praise have never been effortless for me like my extrovert counterparts.  The words spoken seem insincere… unless I write them.  Strange?  Yes, I know.  We introverts have been labeled more than strange at times.

I love my extroverted husband.  He works very hard and provides well for his family.  For this reason, he does not have a lot of household responsibilities.  Just one – trash.

One day he approached me after a not-so-nice conversation between us and said, “I took care of the trash.”  And then he waited for my response.  I regret to tell you that my husband did not get the appreciation he wanted or deserved and proceeded to leave the room.

We have a Savior that dolls out grace and mercy to us minute-by-minute.  I venture to guess that it happens so often that we aren’t even aware much of the time.  Not only does he deserve our praise and thanks, like my husband does when he takes out the trash, but we are commanded to in the Bible:

“Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!” 1 Chronicles 16:29 (NLT)

Romans 8:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit prays for us.  He teaches us how to pray in John 14:26 and He tells us we are loved in Romans 5:5.

Praising and worshiping God is necessary to usher in the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.  Our grateful adoration is an invitation for Jesus to speak to the Father on our behalf.

Although God knows the genuineness of our hearts, let us not assume He knows we adore Him.  Whether you are an extrovert that finds spoken adoration towards the Father easy or you are an introvert who is more comfortable journaling your expressions of love and gratefulness to Him, take the time to sit in silence until He comes.  Then, communicate to God, in Jesus’ name, the best way you are able.   He will help you and He will pray the right words to the Father that God loves to hear from us.

Father God,

I will praise you my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. (Ps 145:1)  Thank you, Jesus, for standing in the gap and speaking to the Lord on my behalf.  When my words of adoration just don’t measure up, your perfect love digs deep into my heart to express what I fall short of communicating.  Teach me, Lord, to praise and worship the Father like you.  In Jesus name, amen!

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18 thoughts on “Praise and Worship

  1. Nicole says:

    JAN!!!!!! This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve read – ever. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability and reminding me to give God the glory he deserves …. and praise my husband more often for the big AND little things he does for our family. What a great reminder for today, thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!

    xo,
    Nicole

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  2. Sharon says:

    This was really beautiful. I’m not a total introvert, but sometimes I find myself *reserved* when it comes to worship. It’s in my heart, but not always expressed. But you’re so right – the Lord loves to hear from us. And I do love Him so…

    GOD BLESS!

    (I’m your neighbor over at two link-ups today!)

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  3. Karen Del Tatto says:

    I find it is very hard to be worshipful when I am in a place of discontentment. My discontentment has sin at its root because of unmet expectations. Doesn’t Satan love it when we are “unable” to talk to our Heavenly Father.

    Your reminder was so edifying to remember that even in those times of dryness, the Holy Spirit is praying for us with deep groans, knowing exactly how to pray for us because He knows the Father’s will for our lives.

    Your post reminds me that when these times come, I must overcome the feelings and pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to “help hold up my hands” in praise and adoration of my Lord.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • sweetjesusministries says:

      Karen, I can relate. There are times I have to MAKE myself say the words even when I don’t feel it. Thank God we serve a Lord that loves us and understands our weaknesses. Thank you for stopping by and your comment!

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  4. Laurie Collett says:

    Praise God that when we don’t know how to pray or what to say to Him, that the Holy Spirit puts our groans into beautiful, expressive prayers. God commands us to obey, not to feel. Thank you for the beautiful and honest post. Linked up with you at Give Me Grace — hope you’ll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,
    Laurie

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  5. Kelsey says:

    I absolutely have experienced this. I have times where I sit down for quiet time and it’s the last thing I want to do and a zillion other things are on my mind. No matter whether we are distracted or feeling discontent, I think you are right on that we need to sit in silence and wait for Him. Thanks for this wisdom and honesty.

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  6. Laura says:

    Jan, on some days, I also feel like true sincerity is lacking in my communication with God. Perhaps it’s busyness or irritability with something going on in my life…I’m not quite sure. I do know, though, that I don’t want my preoccupation with life circumstances to keep me from connecting to Our Father. Thank you for praying that beautiful prayer for all of us!

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  7. cristimyoung says:

    Jan! I loved this and can relate to it in so many ways!!!! I am the same as in when I write my prayers, I feel so much closer to God. It also helps me to keep clear thought and not feel like I’m rambling. I always have a since of refreshing peace when I take time to do this! Love this post! ❤️

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  8. lisha epperson says:

    Thanks for so honestly sharing how praise and worship can feel sometimes. I’m a dancer so moving in worship feels most natural for me. Often my daily devotion feels labored and routine because, well it is. “Thank you Lord” gets dry pretty quickly. So I focus on offering myself. I push through the tough moments to truly enter in – then I know even a hand gesture or holy wave of the arms is all He requires. Thanks for the encouragement to press through in praise and for linking up at #GiveMeGrace

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