I find that I start to use other parts of my body to assist my poor muscles.
Reference: v.1 My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: In my most recent fitness kick I have started using some hefty hand weights.
At the beginning of my training session I easily pick up the weights and move them around. A couple of minutes later, I start to feel the muscles of my arms working hard to keep the weights moving.
By the end of my session, my arms are burning and I find that I’ve started to use other parts of my body to assist my poor muscles. I’ll bend my knees to give my arms more momentum and I’ll keep tensing my abs as a support to my upper body movement.
At the start of my training I only really focus on my arms, however, by the end I am committing my whole body to the exercise.
Application: So often when I start any kind of worship to God I begin in my head. My mind turns its focus to God as I dwell on prayer, scripture or some praise music.
If I have kept my attention focused on God for a decent length of time I might find that my emotions become a part of my worship. I’m not one to get too carried away, so I tend to keep myself in check of where I am and how I act.
Imagine what my worship would be like if I didn’t keep myself so contained. Imagine if I was able to give my whole body over to worshipping God.
Just like my whole body benefits from getting involved in my exercise, so too, does my whole body benefit from getting involved in worship. The Psalmist speaks of worshipping God “with all my soul”.
So often I stop short in my worship. I will only give God my mind or my feelings. But to give ourselves fully to God in our worship we need to commit like the psalmist and offer God all our soul.
Prayer: Lord, I am often so guarded in my worship of You. I become too focused on those around me and do not give myself, all my soul, completely over to You. May I lose myself in You so that my whole being is connected to You. Amen.
Do you worship God with ‘all your soul’?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.