Hello studentLife! My name is Nick Freeze, and I am an intern with the college and young adult ministry at community church UNiTE. As an intern, I am responsible for our worship and tech teams. I am also a studentLife alumni where I served as the worship leader for 3 years.
When Jeff approached me and asked me to write a devotional about worship I was very excited to share some of what God has put on my heart with all of you. But before I talk about worship I want to make one thing very clear: I’m not an expert. I haven’t studied the bible intensely to see exactly what it says about the intricacies of worship. I still often find myself asking questions about what worship is and how I should go about doing it and why I even do it in the first place. And if you get nothing else from this devotional I hope you at least can understand this: it is okay to not have all the answers. A lot of the topics that you have been covering and that you will be covering are big ideas and concepts. Things like prayer, fasting, worship, and all the other topics that you’ve been covering aren’t topics that can be understood in one devotional. It’s okay to ask questions and to not know all of the answers. I’ll tell you as someone who has been leading worship for almost 6 years now, I still ask questions every single day.
When it comes to worship, I have found that there are two very important questions that you need to answer: why and how. Why should we worship? What’s the purpose in doing so? There are a number of reasons that we should worship God. The first is that he’s called us to. In Psalm 150:6 it says “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” God has called us to praise him because worship is a highly powerful and effective tool in bringing about breakthroughs in your life. There are three things that worship as this effective tool brings to your life:
1. Worship redirects our focus. Let’s face it, sometimes we lose focus on God. We get distracted by school or sports or clubs or any other thing that can serve as a distraction. There are so many out in the world! But when you worship God, you are giving him all of the attention and all of the focus that you have. Worshiping recenters your life on God.
2. Worship makes the enemy scatter. Not to scare you, but there is an enemy out there. That enemy can come in many forms, whether it’s a physical form like a bully or maybe a mental enemy such as fear, doubt, or worry. There are enemies waiting to attack, but luckily you have the best weapon against any enemy that comes your way. In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehosophat faces a vast army. But he doesn’t win the fight by drawing his sword and charging the enemy. He wins by trusting and worshiping God and that trust in God gave them victory. Worship serves as your weapon to make your enemies scatter and run.
3. Worship is our testimony to the world. When we worship Jesus, we are telling the whole world about the God that we love and the God who loves us. When the world sees your worship, it sees the God you worship too.
Once you’ve answered the question of why you worship, then you have to answer how you worship. When most people hear the word worship, they immediately think of music. As a musician myself, I love worshiping Jesus through song. But that isn’t the only way to worship God. You can also worship God through dance, writing, art, poetry, conversation, and really any expression that gives God all the honor and glory that he is worthy of. There is no “best” way to worship God because that changes for each person. You have to ask yourself how YOU best worship God. After you answer that, there’s only one thing left to do… Worship!