Day 13: Worship That Pleases God – 40 Days of Purpose-Driven Life

Purpose #1: You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure

Point to Ponder: God wants all of me.

Verse to Remember: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” — Mark 12:30 (NIV)

Question to Consider: Which is more pleasing to God now — my public worship or my private worship? What will I do about this?

[Read More] thoughts on Day 13 of Rick Warren‘s Purpose-Driven Life* including the many faces of pleasing God.

As we wind down our week on worship, Rick characterizes worship that pleases God as:
1. Accurate (Truth)
2. Authentic (Spirit)
3. Thoughtful (Mind)
4. Practical (Body)

I appreciate his surprisingly broad and comprehensive vision of Worship. He also lists nine Sacred Pathways that his friend Gary Thomas identified as ways different people draw near to God:

a. Naturalists (outdoors)
b. Sensates (all five senses)
c. Traditionalists (ritual)
d. Ascetics (solitude)
e. Activists (fighting evil)
f. Caregivers (loving others)
g. Enthusiasts (celebration)
h. Contemplatives (adoration)
i. Intellectuals (studying)

It would be interesting to map these onto personality-types. As a Melancholy/Choleric, I certainly find myself most drawn towards (e) and (i), though I would hope I appreciate all the others at certain times. I think I agree with the general premise that worship (as in singing) can often become a rut, rather than a genuine expression of — and vehicle for — transformation. It certainly has for me. I was really touched by the story of Matt Redman, who “forced” his church to learn to worship without singing. I wonder if I’ll need something equally dramatic to revive my experience of connecting with God — from the heart.

Prayer: Father God, I fear it is easy for me to worship you with my Body, Mind & Truth, but neglect the Spirit. I get so focused on doing and thinking that I neglect “loving” — which I suppose makes me a noisy gong clanging cymbal (symbol?). Teach me to get back to the Heart of Worship, where it is all about you. Help me to learn what it means to worship you in Spirit and in Truth, and not settle for one or the other. Draw my heart to yours — even if you have to break it first. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.