Even if I receive nothing in return for my worship expression to the Lord, I choose to worship solely because He is worthy. End of story.
BUT, I can’t escape sharing the results of what happens in me when I do declare His worth. I have to admit, I am reluctant to share these benefits because my natural tendency is to lean toward how things benefit me first, so His worth might become a means to initially receive rather than simply give. Yet, I think it’s important to put these out here as long as we never confuse the sequence of priority.
Jesus is worthy to receive all honor, glory and praise in spite of what type of mood I am in, how I am feeling or what I am thinking. I believe this is a big part of worshipping in Spirit and truth. He is King of Kings and that’s enough to rise and give him honor.
Five Benefits of Declaring His Worth
So here is a short list of the benefits of declaring His worth:
1. A Shift in Focus. As I declare His worth, my focus moves away from me, and that’s a good thing. As I behold the Lord, God begins to break in to my trafficked mind and my focus moves to gazing on Him.
Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
2. Awareness of His Presence. As I declare His worth, a supernatural encounter begins to occur as my heart connects to His. This is really hard to describe because it supersedes the mind. Let’s just say that I become aware that He is close and actively moving in me.
Acts 2:28 “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”
3. A Heart filled with Thanksgiving. As I declare His worth, I sense His presence and respond with thanksgiving. Gratitude is the response to His presence in light of His goodness.
Psalm 95:2 “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;”
4. Strength in the Inner Man. As I declare His worth, the love of God begins to fill my heart. This is truly amazing. I am strengthened inwardly. Hope and faith are awakened and confidence in and before God rises.
Romans 5:5 “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
5. Renewed Perspective. As I declare his worth, my perspective changes.His greatness increases on my heart and the things that are pressing on me become much lighter. Confidence and hope explode and joy finds a home.
Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
In the Kingdom we must be obedient first then feelings follow. I cannot begin to tell you how often I had to muster up the strength to stand before the Lord and declare His worth when I felt nothing on the front end.
But Declaring the worth of the Lord is never about me and always about Him. I do it because He deserves it. Out of obedience I receive what my heart truly longs for, His presence.
I would suggest doing a 7 day challenge and set your heart and mind to declare the worth of the Lord first thing in the morning. I would suggest taking the first 5 minutes of your day and find a place to sit down and do nothing but offer up thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. See how this simple act begins to shift your day.
Your thoughts? Agree or disagree? Share your experience? How does this fit into a personal and corporate worship setting?