“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your SOUL…” Luke 10:27
David, the man after God’s own heart, gave us the perfect example of what it looks like to love the Lord with all our soul in Psalm 103:1: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Loving the Lord with all our soul, or everything within us, is best demonstrated through a lifestyle of worship.
Scripture shows us that worship isn’t just singing but is a daily endeavor. So what does it look like to live a life of worship?
1) Worship with His people
The most obvious example of worship is often associated with corporate, Sunday worship. At First Dallas this is paramount to who we are. We believe that God has called believers to consistently and diligently gather with other believers to worship and learn. Few things allow us to live a lifestyle of worship more than gathering with God’s people to be refreshed and recharged. Hebrews 10:25 says we are not to forsake assembling together but are to meet to encourage.
In fact, our weekly gatherings are a picture of what the Church will one day look like before the throne of God. Revelation 7:9-10 says, “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” Corporate worship is a discipline and a privilege that will last into eternity.
2) Worship through sharing truth
Another way to love the Lord with all our souls through a lifestyle of worship is by acting as His mouthpiece during the week. 2 Corinthians 9:13 says, “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” Our confession of the gospel points others to praise, or worship, our King. Sharing your story, sharing what Christ has done in an attitude of praise so that someone else may know him is an act of worship.
3) Worship as we work
Most of us spend more time at work than anywhere else during the week. If we are to truly lead a lifestyle of worship and love the Lord with all of us, we must see our work as worship. Work was instituted before the Fall as something good (Genesis 2:15). Colossians 3:23 reminds us that we are to do our work with all of us because we work for the Lord, not for man. No matter how mundane or tedious the task, how you accomplish your work can be an act of worship to the Lord and a means by which others want to know the Lord better. Christians should be the hardest, most humble workers because we represent the Lord. When we work with a mentality of worship, it is a sweet aroma to our coworkers and difficult bosses that may inspire them to worship our God, too.
Worship is a heart and soul posture, not just an action. How beautiful it is when the action and the heart and soul meet. Lives are changed – not just ours, but a watching world. How does your life reflect worship?
We believe God has called us to belong to a local church and participate in corporate worship. We also understand that people worship differently, so we offer both a choir and orchestra led service and a contemporary service. We encourage you to join us every Sunday for worship, a message, and community with others.
Written by First Dallas Staff