“To worship you, I live. To worship you, I live. I live to worship you.” – To Worship You I Live, Israel Houghton and New Breed
I went to a worship night tonight, called Renew, and one of the songs we sung was this one. As we sang, God reminded me that no matter our circumstances, no matter our pain, no matter what we’re going through, we live to worship Him. It doesn’t matter if my shoulder has a ton of pain, it doesn’t matter that my car has broken down every week since I’ve gotten it, it doesn’t matter what I’m going through, I live to worship Him. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter if I’m in the perfect job, have an amazing group of family and friends, and feel like I know where God is calling me, I live to worship Him. Psalm 150:6 (ESV) says, “Let everything that has breath, praise the LORD!”
Hebrews 13:15 (ESV)
“Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.”
Psalm 98:4 (ESV)
“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!”
1 Chronicles 16:23 (ESV)
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of His salvation from day to day.”
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise to His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
These verses don’t say to only worship and praise God when you’re on the mountaintop but they also don’t say to only worship and praise Him in the valley. In fact, the theme to these verses is to continually worship and praise Him. Whether you are walking through the biggest storm of your life or are on the highest mountaintop you’ve ever been on, you live to worship Him. Whether your circumstances are the complete opposite of what you would have chosen or they’re exactly what you would like them to be, you live to worship Him. Even if your health is failing, your family is falling apart, you lost your job, your grades are going downhill, your car keeps breaking, your finances are a mess, or you just can’t see how God will use your situation for good, you live to worship Him. Even if you have the perfect job, you just graduated school, you’re about to start a family, you just bought a house, God is really blessing you financially, or you don’t think life could possibly get any better at the moment, you live to worship Him.
Let us all challenge ourselves to worship Him in every situation, every circumstance, every moment we have and with every breath we take, for to worship Him, we live.