Focused Worship

It takes me a couple of seconds to recognise my distraction

Psalm 108:1-13

Reference: My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. (‭Psalm‬ ‭108‬:‭1‬ NIV)

Explore: I love to sing in church but I know I can get distracted. I’ll be worshipping along and then I’ll notice the nice jacket the worship leader is wearing.

I’ll be engaged in the sermon and then I’ll recognise my friend two rows up. I’ll have bowed my head in prayer and then I’ll notice my shoes need a good polish.

It takes me a couple of seconds to recognise my distraction and then I’ll have to pull my mind back to where it should be. I feel ashamed and I don’t think I’m alone.

Application: The psalmist speaks of worshipping “with all my soul”. I’m pretty sure that means with no distraction.

This is a challenge to me and one I take into my times of worship. My soul needs to focus solely on God, not just when I stand in church, but during my quiet time, when I’m spending time in prayer and when I’m reading the Bible.

Giving God my entirety can bring some challenges. As a mother of four it means I need to be more discerning about when and how I worship.

But there is no doubt that when we worship with all our soul we receive so much more than we can ever offer God.

Prayer: Lord, may my whole soul focus on worshipping You today, in every opportunity I get. Amen.

What are some distractions to your worship?

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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.