“As Christians, worship is a big part of our faith. I dare say, its one of the most important things we do! Worship is knit into the very fiber of who we are as new creations in Christ. Before we came to know Him, we didn’t worship Him, and we didn’t have true joy in our lives. Further, since we didn’t have the joy of the Lord, we were unable to worship Him! Now that we know God, glorifying Him brings us joy, and that joy bursts out of us in the form of worship! I call this cycle the Joy-Worship Connection.”
Today I had my first guest post published! I am blessed to have been able to collaborate with Cathy McIntosh at cathymcintosh.com. All through the month of September she’s focusing on the joy of the Lord and how we can hold on to that joy in our day to day lives.
My post is about the connection between our joy and worshiping the One True King that gives us real joy. Not the joy of the world, that comes and goes with each new fad and with material things. We’re talking about the joy that we can have knowing this life is not all there is, and that if we love and follow Jesus we will spend eternity with Him. The joy that comes from knowing that the hard things we go through are all temporary, and even they have a purpose. We have the joy of the Lord, that grows in us as a fruit of the Spirit. The joy of the Lord is our strength.
Sometimes in life we are so full of that joy that we can’t help but let it out as worship. Other times we find ourselves overburdened and worried, with the flame of our joy flickering. That same worship that overflowed out of us when the joy was front and center, can be the very tool we use to stoke the fire and bring the joy back into our hearts.
To learn more about what I call, “The Joy-Worship Connection”, follow this link over to cathymcintosh.com. Thank you for your support!