Worship is a conversation between God and Man – A continual dialogue that should go on in the life of a Christian*
Worshiping God is more than just coming to church and singing a song for an hour on Sunday morning, to truly worship our creator, we must live our lives out as a constant act of worship. The life of David is one of the greatest biblical examples of how to walk out a life of worship. David knew how critical worship was to honoring God and having success in his life. It was his un-restrained, open and honest worship of God that gave him the title “chosen servant” (The Lord said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant. Psalm 89:3) There are 3 things David did to live a life of worship…
1. David spent time with God – he was familiar with Him, he spent time with God as a friend…He worshiped God in the quiet places, before anyone knew his name, he worshiped whether anyone was looking or not. 1 Samuel 17 is the story of David and Goliath, in verse 37 David declares to Saul: “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” David was already living a life in daily worship to God, he was familiar with the ways of God. This past experience is what gave him the Faith he needed to achieve the task God had laid before him.
2. David knew God’s word – he knew God’s laws and tried to live his life by them, in 1 Kings 2, just before he passed away, David said this to his son, Solomon…” Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.”
3. David knew how to expressively worship God …” David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might,” 2 Samuel 6:14 David expressed himself in worship to God without any reservation, without concerning himself with what men thought, he truly loved the Lord and his worship was an expression of the overflow of God in his life.
For us, our expressive worship must be an overflow of our walk with Christ. He does not expect us to be perfect, David was not perfect, he made mistakes, yet God said, “’I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” David’s secret was that he always turned to the Lord in times of joy and in times of trouble, he truly knew how to walk out his worship daily with Christ.
Real worship defies explanation, it was never intended to be debated and discussed,
it was meant to be experienced.*
* From Exploring Worship by Bob Sorge