Create in Me…Secret Santa Worship Day

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Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51

This psalm, for me, defines what worship is all about.  It is through the process of “creating” that He inspires me to worship, drawing me closer to Him.  My love for God compels me to create (sing, write music, poetry, take photographs) and as I worship, He is at work within me- renewing me, purifying my heart, and filling me with joy!

Worship is how I connect to Him. I pour out my heart to Him and seek to know Him more. Worship is loving God, and allowing His love to flow through me in my everyday life. I am learning how to love Him more every single day…and that all begins with worship.

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Romans 12:1

Worship in itself is an act of obedience. He is worthy of our praise- no matter how we feel or what our circumstances are because He is God!  I worship Him by allowing Him to use all of my life for His glory.  As someone who is a creative person, it is a challenge to “create” when I do not feel inspired…but it is through that process that He fills me.  Even though worship is not based on emotion- there is no greater joy for me than feeling His presence when I am sitting at the piano creating music.

For we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

This is a song I wrote based on Psalm 51 last week. Singing and creating music is a huge part of how I worship and connect with Him. Last week, I was not feeling very “joyful”- but through the process of creating music, He was at work- restoring the joy of His salvation within me.  And praise the Lord, today I can honestly say- He has restored my joy!

 

22 thoughts on “Create in Me…Secret Santa Worship Day

  1. Beautiful song!

    Also loved what you said here… “Worship is how I connect to Him. I pour out my heart to Him and seek to know Him more. Worship is loving God, and allowing His love to flow through me in my everyday life.” Amen!

    Great thoughts on worship. Blessings.

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  2. Reblogged this on Just me being curious and commented:

    Secret Santa Worship Day – and Julie:

    “Worship is how I connect to Him. I pour out my heart to Him and seek to know Him more. Worship is loving God, and allowing His love to flow through me in my everyday life. I am learning how to love Him more every single day…and that all begins with worship.”

    is it just me, or is there a theme of “love is always the answer” without any of us actually writing that phrase? Have a look for yourself – there have been no prior conversations – all the post have been written independently. I have to say – I am lovingly amazed!

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    • “all the post have been written independently. I have to say – I am lovingly amazed” I, too, am amazed at how He works in us and through us… which reminds me of another favorite worship song-

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  3. Julie – this lovely exchange has just happened in the comments box under my reblog of your post …

    Jnana’s Red Barn: http://jnanahodson.net
    “This is a wonderful understanding of worship. It comes much closer to real life experience than the first definition I’ve found, essentially to raise a pile of stones or a monument.”

    Me:
    “Jnana, thank you. And I am adding your comment to Julie’s original post in Church Set Free – I think she will also be very touched by your words.”

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  4. I love this and agree with you so much. As a former Praise and Worship minister there was no greater joy in seeing my love for the Lord translate to others in their worship of Him. It was a defining time in my history. You mentioned it not being an emotion and you also mentioned joy and true worship of the Lord reminds me of the fact that whereas “happiness” depends on our circumstance, JOY is a fruit of the Spirit and as such can truly be “replanted” in others in their spirit as well!! Great post and thank you so much for this!! God bless you greatly, Sister Julie!

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    • “JOY is a fruit of the Spirit and as such can truly be “replanted” in others in their spirit as well!! ” AMEN! I am the worship minister in our church, and it is a great joy to lead worship!! The more quiet time I have during the week to worship and pray, the more passion I have for serving Him and leading others. Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  5. Wow! Just beautiful! I have a category called “not my poetry”. May I post this? If so, could I somehow get the words and a link to your youtube? I would of course link it to this home site. I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about the act of creating as a form of worship. Thank you so much.

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  6. Reblogged this on Turning the Page on Suicide and commented:
    Do we look at worship as another event on our crammed calendar? If we can fit church in we attend, smile, nod our heads, complement the pastor and musicians. We don’t look at worship as an act of obedience. But worship that changes us, draws us into relationship with Jesus, lingers beyond Sunday. This kind of intimacy gets into the hidden places of our soul and illuminates our pain, our sin and our need for a savior. The purest form of worship draws us deeper in to God’s truth and reveals who he is. Like Moses, we leave the presence of God and radiate his glory. Worship isn’t meant to be an extra, it is our chance to fall in love with the God of the universe.

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