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.
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.
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.
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!