Hearing the Voice of God – Part Twelve

God also speaks through worship. Remember: You exist to bring pleasure to God through worship.

You were made for God’s fellowship, and your heart will never be satisfied without it. God wants you to love Him deeply and bring pleasure to Him through your worship and devotion. The Bible says, “The Lord is pleased only with those who worship Him and trust His love” (Psalm 147”11 CEV).

Jesus responds to your worship. One day a sinful woman came to Jesus, weeping. Her heart was deeply stirred with her love for Jesus, and she stood crying beside Him with her tears wetting His feet. She then knelt down and kissed His feet as she poured an expensive perfume on them, revealing her lavish love for her Lord. This woman had tried to fulfill her longing for love from men, but now she had found the Lover of her soul. She was not ashamed to express that love openly and freely. She knew she could trust the Lord.

Indeed, upon receiving her act of worship. Jesus spoke to her. He responded to her worship by telling her that her sins were forgiven and she should go in peace (Luke 7:36-50). 

Worship is a lifelong conversation and love affair between you and God as you surrender your life to Him. Worship is often mistakenly relegated to our participation in a church service, when we “praise and worship the Lord.” Of course, when we surrender our hearts to the Lord and worship Him with music and singing in a church service, we will hear God’s voice, but worship involves so much more.

Worship is a life-style of bringing pleasure to God by the way you live your life. Rick Warren wrote, “Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.” The Bible says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Martin Luther observed, “A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God.”

Olympic runner Eric Liddel maintained, “When I run, I feel His pleasure.” Running was an act of worship for him. 

There really are no formulas for worship because worship is a function of the heart. If you do everything as if you are doing it for Jesus, even everyday chores are an act of worship.

Jesus said that all worship must take place “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). You communicate with God through your spirit. Your spirit intuitively senses God’s presence and receives revelation from Him especially when you worship.

Sometimes the lyrics of a song suddenly become personal, giving insight or direction in a timely way. You may be listening to worship music, participating in a worship service or singing as you are mowing your lawn, and the Lord speaks clearly to you. Because you are focusing on Him and giving Him your undivided attention and love, you are in a position to hear clearly what the Lord is speaking to you.

God says He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). When you live a life of praise to your God, God is in your midst. The devil, who dwells in darkness, hates it when we praise and worship God because it reminds him of his past when he was overseeing the choirs of heaven.

Amy Carmichael said, “I believe truly that Satan cannot endure it and so slips out of the room — more or less! — when there is a true song. Prayer rises more easily, more spontaneously, after one has let those wings, words, and music, carry one out of oneself into the upper air.”

When we are “carried into that upper air,” joyfully basking in the presence of God, we will hear God speak. I often received messages from the Lord while I am worshipping in His presence.

If you are worshiping the Lord and He speaks something to you, write down what He says. It might be for today, next week, next month, or a year from now or a decade from now. Write it down so you do not forget what the Lord has spoken. Later, often many years later, you will be wonderfully surprised at what you have written.

Thankfulness is also an act of worship. God’s general will for you is to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 RSV). When you have learned to obey His will right where you are by being thankful, you don’t have to worry about what God will speak to you. You will be ready today to hear His voice in the future.

Thankfulness keeps your ears and mind open to hearing God speak to you. The Bible says you are to thank God IN everything, not FOR everything. That means that no matter what is going on in your life, you are not to complain, murmur, grumble, or find fault. God doesn’t want to hear you grumbling because grumbling is evidence that you have no faith in His ability to make things better.

After telling us to thank God in everything, the very next verse says, “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We can quench the Holy Spirit through complaining. Grumblers have a very hard time hearing from God. The Bible says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing” (Philippians 2:14-15). It’s our natural tendency to complain. Anyone can do it. But it is supernatural to give thanks amidst life’s tests and trials.

Worship has the ability to help us get our eyes off of our problems or situation and onto the Lord Jesus. It is self-correcting, like a clock that resets itself to the right time every 24 hours. We should choose to worship every day. Giving thanks is the will of God for all of us. Unthankful people quickly enter into deception and find it very hard to hear the clear, pure Word of the Lord.

Jesus said, “If you live in Me and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7 AMP). God wants our hearts. Jesus did not fail to respond to the woman who anointed His feet with perfume as her act of worship and adoration. And He will respond to you too. He is eager to speak to you. Just love Him!