Before I left for vacation I had shared my thoughts on worship as the ultimate cure to one of “those” days. You know the kind I mean? Nothing is going quite the way you planned and finding a bit of joy is about as easy to do as finding …If you missed that post, you can catch up HERE before joining us for Part 2 today.
We talked last time about how worship involves a lot more than just worship music. Worship is an attitude and posture of the heart that happens in our thoughts and our actions as we step back and observe the world God has put us in. Worship happens anytime we take on a high view of God and couple that with a low view of ourselves. When I think of a passage of scripture that captures the heart behind worship, I think of Psalm 8:
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (ESV)
When we really consider the majesty of God as Creator, Sustainer, Defender, Healer, Savior…and how undeserving we are to receive His attention, let alone His love, mercy, and salvation…our hearts can’t help but worship Him!
So how do we make worship a natural response of the heart and a regular part of the home? I want to give you some practical tips and resources for doing just that!
Molly’s Top 10 Favorite Worship Recommendations…
**fine print: I received no goods or services in exchange for my endorsements here and am simply expressing my own opinions about what has worked well for me!**
1. Input is related to output. First of all, we have to recognize that worship is a matter of the will and we have to choose worship, by the power of the Holy Spirit over the multitude of media clamoring for our attention these days. Sometimes it is as simple as turning off the TV, closing the laptop, and tuning off the “Oldies but Goodies” 80’s station. I’m not denouncing all forms of secular input (I’ve already confessed my love of Downton Abbey and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve seen every episode of Friends more than a gazillion times!). I’m just saying that if you want to have a more worshipful output you have to be intentional about the input!
2. Get a free subscription to Pandora Internet Radio. (http://www.pandora.com/)
If you don’t already have one, you should! Pandora offers free, customized radio stations and it has truly transformed the way I worship through my day! You can listen to Pandora via your computer or smart phone. Once I got an iPhone, I began playing worship music and carrying my phone from room to room as I worked throughout the house. Pandora provided the background music as I jogged with my kids in the stroller, and (this might be a little strange), I even play Pandora through my phone in the car instead of listening to regular radio. Why listen to commercialized Christian radio that is made to appeal to a broad audience when I can listen to music tailored right to my tastes?? I can listen to the Chris Tomlin station, Third Day Station, or even Cedarmont Kids Station for good ol’ fashioned Sunday School tunes for the kids!
3. Find some worship artists that inspire you and make your heart sing. If you don’t already have a few, ask friends! A couple of my favorites are ones I just mentioned – Chris Tomlin and Third Day – along with Bebo Norman, Big Daddy Weave, Watermark, John Waller, and Jadon Lavik.
4. Keep your worship music selections fresh. We all have our old favorites but new tunes are motivating! To keep your music collection updated without having to spend a fortune on CDs or iTunes downloads, check out Rhapsody Online Music Subscription Service (http://www.rhapsody.com/freetrial2).
You can get a 14-day trial for free and then pay only $1 for your first 3 months of service. After that, it’s only $10/month for use on up to 3 devices. With Rhapsody, you have access to virtually any song out there! Unlike Pandora, you can search for songs by author, title, or listen to a whole album. As long as you are a member, you can even download any music you want! It’s incredible! Rhapsody also offers internet radio stations similar to Pandora if you like your music generated randomly or you can choose to create personalized playlists.
5. Find worship songs that directly quote Scripture. This will put God’s Word in your heart all day! I’m sure there are many good options for this, but my family’s new favorite is Seeds Family Worship (http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/).
I discovered them about a month ago when a friend gave us their “Seeds of Faith” album and the songs have really been ministering to all of us!
I love that they have a wide variety of styles on each album. Their whole mission is to engage the whole family with worship and there is definitely something that appeals to all of us! Here is a direct link to their store. http://www.seedsmusicstore.com/ and they are also available on Amazon.
Steve Green’s “Hide ‘Em in Your Heart” albums (Volume 1, Volume 2, and Praise and Worship) have had years of play at our house. We have all three albums! Like the Seeds Family Worship albums, these also use lyrics that are straight from the pages of Scripture. However, I will admit they are much more dated and juvenile-sounding than the Seeds albums. Definitely more appealing to the younger kiddos but listen to them a few times and you’ll be memorizing Bible verses in no time! 🙂
I did say “Top 10″…but I’m going to leave you hanging! Check back tomorrow for my last 5 worship recommendations in “Filling Your Heart and Home with Worship – Part 3” – our final installment in this series.
In the meantime…I’d love to know which worship artist or worship album most makes your heart sing!