What fuels your worship of God?
Or maybe before thinking about worship of God, what fuels any kind of worship?
The fuel for worship is undivided attention, high value, affection and enjoyment, devoted seeking, and sacrificial serving (among other things). These are things that give energy and passion to our worship, whether we are worshiping God or something or someone else.
If the battle for our hearts is a battle of worship, how do we intentionally fuel our worship of God, so that all other worships pale in comparison?
I believe spiritual disciplines are the ways we fuel our worship of God. Disciplines themselves are not the fuel, but only the ways that we access the fuel. Disciplines create space for undivided attention, high value, affection and enjoyment, devoted seeking, and sacrificial serving.
In our busy, noisy world, it is difficult to give undivided attention to anything, therefore even if we know that kind of attention will fuel our worship of God, it doesn’t just happen automatically. But when we set aside a few hours (or a whole weekend) to retreat with God, that discipline creates space for us to give undivided attention to God. And in that space, our worship deepens.
A great many things compete for our affections, thus enjoyment of God doesn’t magically blossom in our hearts. But when we choose to sing with abandon and to think deeply about the truths that we’re singing, that discipline creates space for our affections for God to deepen and grow.
We gravitate toward serving God in the areas that are comfortable or beneficial to us, and shy away from anything that would require us to sacrifice, even when we know that sacrificial service invigorates our worship of God. So when we intentionally spend time with someone we find uncomfortable, that discipline creates space for us to grasp in a deeper way the sacrificial love of our Father toward us, and our heart of worship expands.
So how will you–and how will I–create space through disciplines for our worship of God to be fueled? We are fueling worship of someone or something by what we value and where we sacrifice our time and affections. If worship of God is to eclipse all other loves in our lives, we need to have intentional practices that create space for that worship to grow.