Worship is More Than Music … it’s Life

Emily Hamilton

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” — Psalm 103:1-2 (NLT)

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Worship is so much more than music. Worship is the act of confessing that God is worthy of everything. It's when we choose to exalt Him and give Him glory rather than ourselves or another earthly thing. And that can happen ANYWHERE. 

Worship happens through the conversations we have. Worship happens through the talents we use. Worship happens through the ways we use our finances. There is always an opportunity to worship and adore God. 

So, when we understand worship through this lens, our musical worship gets to act as a representation of our everyday lives. For example, when we sing, “You have done great things,” our minds can be drawn to all the ways God has done great things in our lives and our worship becomes a response. Or, when we sing, WayMaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness, our hearts can be drawn to either remember when God has been that to us or we can sing those truths over the situations in our lives where it's been hard to believe it. 

Our worship through music should always be an intersection between praising God in that specific moment and then for all the moments that have been and are still to come.

Buddy Owens provides us with a definition of worship: “to ascribe, assign, attribute, declare worth.” He says that “when we worship God, we declare his worth. But in order to declare God's worth, we must first discover his worth. And that brings me to a question: ‘what is God worth to you?’ To the extent that you can answer that question, you will be a worshipper. Your life will reflect his value, both in the things you say and, more convincingly, by the way you live” (Buddy Owens, The Way of a Worshipper, p. 11-12). 


Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. How would you answer the question, what is God worth to you?
  2. How is your life a reflection of how much you value God? How do your words and actions accurately reveal God’s worth to you? 
  3. How has the Spirit used a worship song’s lyrics to remind you of who God is and what He’s done for you? How have you been able to sing those truths over situations where it’s easy to doubt or you’ve struggled to believe those things are true?

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

PSALM 103:1-5
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