Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving- kindness endures forever
(2 Chronicles 20:21)
When we have needs in our lives, we can worship God in the midst of them. James 4:2 says there are things we do not have because we do not ask God for them. So we need to make our requests known. Matthew 6 teaches us that when we pray, we are not to repeat the same phrases over and over, thinking God will hear us if we speak enough. We often have the mistaken idea that if prayers are long, they are effective, but that is not true.
I feel the best way to see our needs met is to ask for what we need and then worship God because He is what we need. He does not just give us what we need, He Himself is everything we need. When we need peace, He is our peace. When we need to know we are cleansed, righteousness, and not guilty before Him, He is our righteousness. When we need joy and strength, He is our joy and His joy gives us strength.
I have notice also that when I worship God for one of His attributes, I see that attribute released in my life.
If we need mercy, we need to worship and praise God for His mercy. If we need God’s provision or finances, we should begin to worship and praise God that He has already promised that we will never lack any good things. Sometimes we are under so much emotional pressure that we feel we just need some kind of release. Worship bring that release.
As we worship the Lord, we release the emotional burdens that weigh us down. They seem to fade away as we focus on the awesomeness of God.
I encourage you to begin to worship early in the morning, even before you get out of bed. Worship while you get ready for your day, while you drive to work. If you do this you will be amazed at how things will change. Worship focuses on who God is, His character, goodness, faithfulness, grace , love and many other wonderful things.
Murmuring, grumbling, fault-finding or being negative all create an atmosphere in which the enemy can work. But worship does the opposite. Worship transforms us. So therefore don’t stop worshipping God.