5 Ways to Get Your Worship On
by Jamie Canter on October 5th, 2015

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“Missions exist because worship does not.”  John Piper wrote those words to remind us of the fact that worship should be the first thing we do when we encounter God, yet that is not usually the case.  We will worship with excitement at a sports game or a concert but struggle to feel comfortable worshipping God in larger groups.  One of the reasons worship pastors will sing a song that repeats a chorus over and over is because it takes a while to draw people into worship and get them to a place where they can leave behind the stresses, to-dos and distractions to be able to focus on God.
But Sunday morning should not be the only time you worship!  It shouldn’t be the only time you read your Bible either, but people will commit to having quiet time, yet forget to add worship into their daily lives.  These are some easy ways to get your worship on during the week.
Let worship be the first thing you do each day
When that alarm clock goes off, I usually spend a few minutes trying to wake up and get out of bed.  I have never been a morning person and I am certainly not a jump out of bed person.  Since I move slowly, I use this time to sit up and spend a few minutes worshipping God before I begin my day.  Whether it is acknowledging who he is or praising him for my children and husband, or just singing a few words of my favorite song, I like to use those first moments to worship.

Go outside and Worship
When I go on vacation, I usually come back feeling closer to the Lord. I know it is because I have escaped the busyness of this world, but I have realized that it is because I worship more on vacation that in my everyday life.  One of the reasons is that we usually vacation someplace where we spend time in nature – the mountains, a rustic location or near water.  When I take in the amazing feats of nature that I see, I worship God!  But you don’t have to go on a trip to appreciate his handwork.  Step outside anywhere you are and you can see something beautiful God has created.  Listen to the birds, the wind, the trees moving  to hear the sounds of what God has made.  Spend a few minutes outside and worship God for who he is when you take in his beautiful creation.   This is why Romans tells us that people have no excuse for not believing in God because he is evident in everything he has created.
A picture from our trip to  Hood River , Oregon last year.  This is the Columbia River.

Workout as Worship
I do not like to workout.  I would rather eat salad all day just to not have to workout.  But apparently it is good for you and it also helps you not have to buy bigger clothes, so I do it.  One of my favorite things to do while I workout is to listen to worship music.  I made a playlist of upbeat songs and I workout on the treadmill, elliptical or even by walking/running.   I focus on the words of the music and worship God while I exercise.  One helpful tip – don’t close your eyes while on a treadmill or else you might fall off. 

In a public gym. 

Where people can see you.

Want to learn more about worship and fitness?  Follow Michelle Myers on FB or Instagram or through her website, where she has a Christian workout playlist.  She also has a line of fitness tanks with scripture on them!
Worship on Wheels
Some of us spend a lot of time in our cars, either during the commute to work or when we carpool our children to their seventy-two weekly activities.  Listening to my favorite worship music helps me arrive at my destination much calmer and focused and turn what I consider to be wasted time, into worship time.  And you can worship with a car full of kids, too.  Either put in headphones or turn the music up louder than the noise of the kids.  And if you sing along, bonus points!!
Worship while you work
Anything can be made better if you worship God while you do it – including mindless tasks such as chores.  The goal of worship is to focus on who God is and this is best done while you are doing something that doesn’t require much brainpower – like laundry, dishes or cleaning the toilets (although you will wonder how on earth it can get so dirty!).  You can listen to music, speak Scripture or just repeat back to God truths you know about him, you can turn those weary tasks into worship.  And maybe by the end, you will feel refreshed instead of resentful.
Commit this week to adding more worship in your life and see if you don’t find yourself more at peace.

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