Are we truly committed to worshipping God? I mean, really, truly committed? Sometimes we talk a good game, but when it gets down to it we are only prepared to worship in accordance to what is convenient for us. If it's been a bad day and we've had a lot of struggles, well "God understands" and it's okay if we just give a half hearted worship. We sit in worship services looking at the praise leaders and wondering when they are going to sit down. We say "I'll stand and raise my hands for a little while but if they keep going I'm gonna sit down because I'm tired." In Psalm 103:1 It says "Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name." Often that's a call to worship for the start of our worship services. But do we really know what we are saying. There's a song by a guy named Uncle Reese and it's entitled "Until I pass out". Some of what he says is that he is going to worship until he passes out. He talks about the fact that he's going to go all out in His worship to God that he's willing to sacrifice his own strength and being to worship. That's what the scripture is talking about. "...all that is within me..." That's giving your all in worship. That's forgetting about who's around you. That's forgetting about all those issues you have to deal with. That's despite those who talk about you. That's despite the family drama you are going through. That's despite who is or is not at the worship service who should be there. That's worship until you pass out. So let's go back to the original question - are we truly committed to worshipping God? If so, then let's "worship, until we pass out"!
Everyone at some point and time has felt like they are facing things without any help. We look around and it doesn't seem like anyone understands what we are going through. We may even try to talk to those who are our friends and family in hopes that they are able to provide us with some relief, encouragement or assistance. Many times, we are disappointed. We are often going to receive help from people who have their own issues to deal with. What should we do? Well, we must realize that we are never alone because God is with us. In Zephaniah3:17, we are told that "the Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing."
What does that mean for us when we are going through? Step one: recognize that God is in the midst of us. Let's acknowledge His Presence at all times, especially when we are going through. Step two: Let's recognize the ability that God has to handle our "stuff" - He's mighty and will save. Step three: Allow Him to "love on us"! That's right. Sometimes we like to wallow in our own pity party that we don't open ourselves for God to love us while we are going through. He "rejoices over us with joy...and .. singing". He rejoices over us! Not only are we not alone when we go through; but we have the God of all creation who is mighty and will save with us and He's rejoicing over us! Does that mean that our "drama" will go away immediately? Absolutely not! What it does mean is that as we go through our drama, we have the Lord of Hosts with us a