Do you know how to (truly) worship God daily?
As we go through our daily lives, we may feel it’s hard to find ways to worship God every day. Yet, we were created to worship and reflect God’s glory throughout the world.
Worship is meant to be a daily habit that is based in love.
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What Does it Mean to Worship God?
Churchgoers often equate worship with singing songs to God during church or at other times like in your car, or in your personal prayer time. For those who do not attend church, worship may be regarded as a word that means to bow down. It can also mean to worship a movie star, money, and many other objects or types of people. When we love someone, we use the phrase – worship the ground she/he walks on.
The worship we are discussing here is the worship of the one true God, the Father and Creator of all things, the Triune God. And, worship implies many different things.
When you read the Bible, you see two words used often and together – worship and praise. There are some distinctions between the two words. Worship means to serve God, to look to Him with deep reverence and awe, to kneel or bow down before Him, to fall down flat on your face before Him. Praise is a form of the generic aspect of worship and often denotes physical expressions of adoration and celebration of God, who He is, what He has done, and His great works in our lives.
Why Do We Worship God
From the beginning, people have needed to worship God. God does not need our worship in the same way we need to give our worship. If you love someone, you tell them. Our overwhelming, complete, and absolute love for God needs expression.
We worship God because worship brings humility to our lives. We often get busy and think we can take care of our own lives. But, when something hurtful or harmful happens, we turn to God again. A lifestyle of worship prevents this rollercoaster relationship with God. Instead, worship is a daily reminder of our love and need for God to be foremost in our lives.
We worship God in order to keep our lives in perspective. When we worship, our focus is on God, not the things happening around us. You can sing worship songs at church but never worship Jesus. Why? Because, you are just mouthing words without considering their meaning or the One they are directed toward. We worship Him for who He is and we praise Him for what He has done.
We worship Jesus because He is worthy of all our worship, reverence, and lives. There is none greater. There is no other God above our God. There is no other name under heaven by which man may be saved. It is only the name of Jesus – the One we worship and adore.
What Happens When We Worship God
When we worship God, we forget all that is happening around us as we move into the presence of God, listening to the Holy Spirit. In that place, we also find peace.
Worship brings us joy as we focus in on all He has given us. We are joyful when we think of salvation, forgiveness of sins, being washed white as snow, and remembering we are going to heaven. As we worship Jesus for all those things, joy erupts in our souls.
When we worship, we are changed inwardly. Humility changes you. It makes you grateful for the smallest blessings. When we worship, we are reminded of the source of those blessings and humbled that God would give us so much.
We are elevated when we worship. That might sound like a contradiction to being humble. It’s not. As Christ lives in us, we are seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven! Worship reminds us of what is really true. You are a citizen of heaven working temporarily as an ambassador for Christ here on earth. Worship helps you realize your true position and destiny and that is a humbling but joyful realization.
How to Worship God Everyday
So, how do you worship God? There aren't any “rules” (nor does it need to be official) but there are lots of ideas and suggestions.
Worship should be a daily habit but how do you worship God throughout the day?
- Start each day with worship. You may not have time to go face down on the floor, but you can bow your heart, mind, and thoughts to Him. While quantity is good, quality is better!
- Talk to Him throughout the day. Even if you’re at work, you can silently talk to Him for a few minutes. Just tell Him how much you love Him or name something you’re grateful for.
- Look out the window or walk outside and find one beautiful thing to worship God for. It can be as small as a tiny flower, a smile, or a puffy cloud but there is something you can find and recognize its beauty – beauty given by the God who created it.
- Listen to Him. As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit living inside you and His job is to tell you everything God is saying. Listen. God might just want to encourage you or tell you how much He loves you!
- Remember Him when you start feeling negative or scared. Worship brings joy, cleanses, refreshes and resets your heart and mind.
How to Worship God in Spirit
Worshipping God in Spirit means that you have set the Holy Spirit free to speak and worship through you to the Father. You worship God as a spiritual being, not as flesh and blood.
In the John 4:24 CJB, Jesus said,
“God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.”
The Greek word for ‘worship’ used here is proskuneo which, according to Strong’s Concordance means, “4352 proskynéō (from 4314 /prós, “towards” and kyneo, “to kiss“) – properly, to kiss the ground when prostrating before a superior; to worship, ready “to fall down/prostrate oneself to adore on one's knees” (DNTT); to “do obeisance”
The Word for in ‘spirit’ is pneuma and, according to Strong’s Concordance, means, “4151 pneúma – properly, spirit (Spirit), wind, or breath. The most frequent meaning (translation) of 4151 (pneúma) in the NT is “spirit” (“Spirit“). Only the context however determines which sense(s) is meant.
The Word for ‘truly’ means “truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.” Strong’s Concordance
These three words give us a picture of what it means to worship in Spirit. First, we are humbling ourselves by bowing our entire being before God. Second, we are letting go of control and self and letting the Holy Spirit speak and worship through us. Third, we are doing it in total sincerity, honesty, and with straightforwardness.
How to Worship God in Prayer
Worship God through your prayers!
Praying is just talking to God. It’s talking like you talk, not like someone else. Prayers can be short or long. There are no greater rewards for long, wordy prayers than for the short, simple prayer of a child.
We come to Him like children. If you need to talk a long time, He will listen joyfully for as long as you need. But, if you just say a short, ‘I love You,’ or ‘I need You, please help me now,’ God is thrilled to hear and answer.
He wants to hear from us. He wants to have a 2-way conversation with us. He gave us the Holy Spirit for exactly that reason. We probably won’t hear an audible voice, but we can learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as He whispers into our hearts and minds.
Start the day with a prayer. Pray whenever and wherever you can. Pray out loud and pray silently. Write a prayer.
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life,” Philippians 4:6 TPT
How is this worship? Remember, worship is a self-sacrificing focus on Jesus and who He is. Who can answer your prayers? Jesus of course and by turning to Him, you are worshipping Him.
As you pray and bring your needs to Him, you can also tell Him of your love for Him, your gratitude, and tell Him how wonderful, mighty, and powerful He is.
Have some scripture prayers at home, at work, in your car, on your phone, in your purse/wallet, and wherever you might need them. They not only have beautiful words of worship, but they can also help you pray when you don’t know what to say!
How to Worship God at Home
Even if you have kids running through every room of your house, you can still worship! I’ve been there and I know it’s not easy, but it can be done. God doesn’t have a ‘worship meter’ He uses to measure your worship and compare you to others.
If you are worshipping in spirit and in truth, that’s enough. If you can only worship for a few minutes here-and-there, that’s good.
However, we all need some quiet time and it’s important to find that for ourselves. Maybe it’s in the car, or on a walk, in your prayer closet, sitting under a tree, or whatever works for you. Find a time and place to quiet yourself before God and worship Him. Turn on some worship songs that are about God, not just people, and sing along. That’s worship if it’s coming from your heart.
There’s an old song – How Great is Our God. It repeats that phrase over and over and sometimes it takes repetition to help us finally reach that place of meditation and peace. Let your family know what you need and ask for help in setting that time aside and carving out your own little space.
I ride a motorcycle and have had some of my best times of worship and prayer while riding. I can’t hear my phone or other people talking. All I hear is the wind and I can smell and feel everything around me. I bask in God’s creation and lose myself in His presence. I know that’s not ‘at home’ but find that place for yourself in your home also.
There are so many creative ways to worship God!
Find a devotional you can read each day to help you. Start journaling your worship and prayers to God. It’s a wonderful way to track your own spiritual growth, change, and answered prayers.
I spent most of my life playing a variety of instruments on a worship team of some sort at church and at in home groups. I played and led at times but have almost always been on a team. As a result, there is nothing I enjoy more than corporate worship. I no longer play on a team, but I still deeply love corporate worship. It nourishes my soul and spirit. I also listen to worship songs and worship at home but miss corporate worship when I can’t be at church.
During those wonderful times of corporate worship, it’s easy to end up focused on just trying to follow along with all the words. But, if you can’t follow the words, follow the Spirit and join in by humming, lifting your hands, shouting out praise, and singing the chorus in your loudest voice!
Here’s your list of creative ways to worship God everyday.
- Start each day with worship.
- Talk to God throughout the day.
- Find one beautiful thing to worship Him for each day.
- Listen to Him
- Remember Him each time you are afraid or worried.
- Set the Holy Spirit free to speak and worship through you.
- Humble yourself by bowing your being before God.
- Let go of control.
- Be sincere, honest and straightforward.
- Set aside a quiet time and place to worship God.
- Focus on Him
- Turn on worship music.
- Have a 2-way conversation.
- Worship for as little or as long as you need.
- Bring your needs and then worship Him because He cares.
- Pray without ceasing – you will be worshipping too.
- Find a devotional to read each day.
- Start a prayer and worship journal.
- Join in corporate worship.
Whenever you are worshipping Jesus, remember that the angels are there and they are singing with you. They are always at the throne giving worship and praise to the Savior so when you worship, you are joining a heavenly chorus that never ends.