Do you ever feel like your praise and worship lacks sincerity?
I sat down for my quiet time just after getting my people out of the house and to their respective places of work and school. Rushed and ready to get the rest of my day moving, I began to pray. Lord, thank you for this day…but immediately it felt insincere and predictable. As I began again in hopes of expressing my adoration to God, I realized I had nothing to say.
You see, I was absent the day the Lord was handing out the gift of easily praising others. I am an introvert to the core. Encouragement and words of praise have never been effortless for me like my extrovert counterparts. The words spoken seem insincere… unless I write them. Strange? Yes, I know. We introverts have been labeled more than strange at times.
I love my extroverted husband. He works very hard and provides well for his family. For this reason, he does not have a lot of household responsibilities. Just one – trash.
One day he approached me after a not-so-nice conversation between us and said, “I took care of the trash.” And then he waited for my response. I regret to tell you that my husband did not get the appreciation he wanted or deserved and proceeded to leave the room.
We have a Savior that dolls out grace and mercy to us minute-by-minute. I venture to guess that it happens so often that we aren’t even aware much of the time. Not only does he deserve our praise and thanks, like my husband does when he takes out the trash, but we are commanded to in the Bible:
“Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!” 1 Chronicles 16:29 (NLT)
Romans 8:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit prays for us. He teaches us how to pray in John 14:26 and He tells us we are loved in Romans 5:5.
Praising and worshiping God is necessary to usher in the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Our grateful adoration is an invitation for Jesus to speak to the Father on our behalf.
Although God knows the genuineness of our hearts, let us not assume He knows we adore Him. Whether you are an extrovert that finds spoken adoration towards the Father easy or you are an introvert who is more comfortable journaling your expressions of love and gratefulness to Him, take the time to sit in silence until He comes. Then, communicate to God, in Jesus’ name, the best way you are able. He will help you and He will pray the right words to the Father that God loves to hear from us.
I will praise you my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. (Ps 145:1) Thank you, Jesus, for standing in the gap and speaking to the Lord on my behalf. When my words of adoration just don’t measure up, your perfect love digs deep into my heart to express what I fall short of communicating. Teach me, Lord, to praise and worship the Father like you. In Jesus name, amen!