“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration.” – William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-44)

I am worshipful

Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” – Jim Elliot

There are two passages of scripture worth reading, studying and applying regarding how to be “all there” in a lifestyle of worship. The similarities should be noted. The most striking similarity is that each passage emphasizes the same cause from which all the resulting actions flow, and that is a worshipful reverence toward God. Every activity, every task, every word and deed is an expression of this reverence! Both the Greek and Hebrew languages in scripture define worship generally as a reverence and awe toward God, expressed in action.

Ancient Hebrew: יָרֵא – yārē’ – reverence
Ancient Greek: σέβας – sabas – reverence, especially expressed in actions

While reverence might sound to some like legalism or stodgy behavior, it flows out of a relationship of knowing Who God is and responding appropriately. – Crosswalk.com

How blessed are those who revere the Eternal

Praise the Eternal!
    How blessed are those who revere the Eternal,
    who turn from evil and take great pleasure in His commandments.
Their children will be a powerful force upon the earth;
    this generation that does what is right in God’s eyes will be blessed.
His house will be stocked with wealth and riches,
    and His love for justice will endure for all time.
When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—
    those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.
Good comes to all who are gracious and share freely;
    they conduct their affairs with sound judgment.
Nothing will ever rattle them;
    the just will always be remembered.
They will not be afraid when the news is bad
    because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal.
Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless,
    for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
They give freely to the poor;
    their righteousness endures for all time;
    their strength and power is established in honor.”

– Psalm 112:1-9

“Who can find a truly excellent woman? One who is superior in all that she is and all that she does?
    Her worth far exceeds that of rubies and expensive jewelry.
She inspires trust, and her husband’s heart is safe with her,
    and because of her, he has every good thing.
Every day of her life she does what is best for him,
    never anything harmful or hurtful.
Delight attends her work and guides her fingers
    as she selects the finest wool and flax for spinning.
She moves through the market like merchant ships
    that dock here and there in distant ports,
    finally arriving home with food she’s carried from afar.
She rises from bed early, in the still of night,
    carefully preparing food for her family
    and providing a portion to her servants.
She has a plan. She considers some land and buys it;
    then with her earnings, she plants a vineyard.
She wraps herself in strength, carries herself with confidence,
    and works hard, strengthening her arms for the task at hand.
She tastes success and knows it is good,
    and under lamplight she works deep into the night.
Her hands skillfully place the unspun flax and wool on the distaff,
    and her fingers twist the spindle until thread forms.
She reaches out to the poor
    and extends mercy to those in need.
She is not worried about the cold or snow for her family,
    for she has clothed them all in warm, crimson coats.
She makes her own bed linens
    and clothes herself in purple and fine cloth.
Everyone recognizes her husband in the public square,
    and no one fails to respect him as he takes his place of leadership in the community.
She makes linen garments and sells them in the market,
    and she supplies belts for tradesmen to carry across the sea.
Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear,
    she smiles when she thinks about the future.
She conducts her conversations with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is ever her concern.
She directs the activities of her household,
    and never does she indulge in laziness.
Her children rise up and bless her.
    Her husband, too, joins in the praise, saying:
‘There are some—indeed many—women who do well in every way,
    but of all of them only you are truly excellent.’
Charm can be deceptive and physical beauty will not last,
    but a woman who reveres the Eternal should be praised above all others.”
– Proverbs 31:10-31

Giving God the best

True Biblical worship always flows from your secret place (i.e. soul, inner life) through your whole being in every situation, every encounter, every day. Being “all there” is proper stewardship of a life surrendered to God and is an opportunity to bless others and glorify the One who saved you. This is worship that echoes praise among angels.

“Worship is giving God the best that he has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to him in a deliberate act of worship.” – Oswald Chambers

“Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night...– Deuteronomy 6:5-8

“And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” – Deuteronomy 30:20

“For all that exists originates in Him, comes through Him, and is moving toward Him; so give Him the glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36 (The Voice translation)

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