5 Habits - Worship #3

Welcome to Everyday Devotions. These daily Bible readings and Prayer Pathways are designed to help you go deeper with God each day in response to what you are hearing at the Everyday Church services and Life Group gatherings.

Wednesday 22nd January

In this week’s Everyday Devotions, we are looking at the third habit of a healthy Christian – spending time worshipping God on our own and embracing singing as a means of deepening our friendship with God.


Bible Meditation

Psalm 119:9-18

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
17 Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.


1) It is easy to imagine that the psalmists found it much easier than we do to worship God. But what does this psalm show us? What did the psalmist find that he needed to do in order to stir his heart into singing worship songs to the Lord?

George Müller, one of the most influential Christians of the nineteenth century, shared his own experience of learning to live a life of worship to God.  He told people to “Seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life.” Then he told people his own method of doing so: “The most important thing I had to do was to read the Word of God and to meditate on it. Thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, and instructed. Formerly, when I rose, I began to pray as soon as possible. But I often spent a quarter of an hour to an hour on my knees struggling to pray while my mind wandered. Now I rarely have this problem … It often astonishes me that I did not see the importance of meditation upon Scripture earlier in my Christian life.” George Müller told people that reading Scripture is like priming the pump for our worship. The more we see of God in Scripture, the easier it becomes for us to worship him.

So let’s put this into practice by priming the pump of our worship by reading a few verses that describe Jesus…

Revelation 1:12-18

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

2) Read these verses slowly and note down everything that strikes you about the glory of Jesus Christ in these verses. If you struggle with this exercise, pray the words of Psalm 119:18 back to God: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

3) Now go back over your notes and spend time worshipping Jesus for every aspect of his glory that you see in Revelation 1:12-18. Let God’s Word stir you to worship God’s Son through the power of God’s Spirit.


Prayer Pathway

If you are in a rush today, make Revelation 1:12-18 your prayer pathway. What matters isn’t the length of our time of prayer, but the depth to which we actually engage with God (Matthew 6:7-8). If you have a little more time to pray today, then carry on past Matthew 6:7-8 and into Matthew 6:9-13. Pray The Lord’s Prayer as a way of ordering your thoughts before God and engaging with him in the various areas where Jesus tells us that God loves for us to pray.

OUR FATHER: Joyful thanks to God that today you can run freely into his arms as your Dad.

IN HEAVEN: Faith-filled proclamation of the truth of Psalm 115:3 – “God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: Speaking God’s Name back to him from the Scriptures, asking him to be true to his Name and to make all the world confess his Name is holy.

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE: Pray specific prayers for the will of God to be done in your own life, in the lives of your family and friends, in the lives of your nonbelieving friends, in your workplace or college, and in your nation.

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD: Be specific with God in your answer to his question: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bring focused, specific and faith-filled requests that he will provide for all your daily needs.

FORGIVE US, AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS: Confess your specific sins to God, including the sin of withholding forgiveness from others.

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION: Ask God to grant you strength to resist sin, the flesh and the Devil. Ask him to help you grow in holiness, living as the new creation that you now are in Jesus.

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER: End with a time of praising God for his greatness and that he has heard your prayers.

AMEN: Before you stop praying, connect your prayers to the rest of what you have planned for today. Receive a commissioning from God to get up off your knees and to become the answer to many of your prayers.


End with Worship

In order to help you to respond to God in sung worship, we have created two playlists for you on Spotify.

The Everyday Devotions playlist contains a handful of songs which are particularly relevant to our Everyday Devotions this week. This song list changes each week along with our devotions.

The Everyday Church Song List playlist contains most of the songs that we are singing right now across the venues of Everyday Church. This is a wider song list for you to play throughout the day to help you worship as you wash up, as you drive, as you shower, as you sit on the bus and as you go about your daily life in other ways.

If you are somewhere where you can sing loudly, why not use these two playlists to end by singing some songs of worship to the Lord? If you are on the bus or train, why not put on your headphones and sing in your heart to God instead?
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