I was provided Matt Redman’s “Glory Song” CD for free in exchange for this review. My opinions are my own.
Worship is one of those parts of the Christian life that we all know we are “supposed” to do. It’s easy to worship God when we’re at church with other believers and are provided structure to our time with God. Doing so on a daily basis when we have to take the initiative ourselves is an entirely different story. As busy moms, we CAN worship God daily. But first, let’s be clear on what worship is.
What is Worship?
Worship is basking in God’s presence, focusing on who he is, what he’s done, and simply standing in adoration before him. We must make worship a priority (John 4:23-24). It brings God glory and honor and connects us intimately with Christ (James 4:8), helping us to be strengthened and edified in Him. 1 Chronicles provides the best model of what worship looks like:
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!””
Worship During Your Daily Routine Through Music
As moms, it’s easy to slip into the “we don’t have time” mentality, especially with spending time with God. Unlike skipping chores or ignoring our children, we don’t have an immediate negative consequence for skipping our time with God. But let me tell you, messy, tired mommas, I promise that you will feel immediate positive rewards of making time for God. He will refresh, renew, rejuvenate, inspire, motivate, and love you through your worship. So, let’s do it! But with our crazy busy mom life…how?
One of the easiest ways to get into a worshiping spirit is through music and song (Psalm 95:1, Colossians 3:16 and many more. Click here for a comprehensive list of scriptures). When we sing, our hearts are joyful. When we are singing about God, our spirit is filled and our minds are focused. And focus is definitely something that we need help with these days, since our minds are being pulled in 100 different directions!
I’ve been listening to Matt Redman’s latest album, Glory Song, and love how easily it focuses my heart and mind on Christ. The songs have simple, truth-filled lyrics that make it easy to jump in and sing along. Even if you aren’t a great singer, knowing the words helps you to repeat them back to God as your own. Lyric videos are a great way to quickly learn the words. Here’s one from “Glory Song”:
My favorite song on the “Glory Song” album is “Place of Praise”. I just love the lyrics of verse 1:
Through every changing moment / Find me at your throne / In every shifting season / Find this heart bowed down / Through every stormy tempest / And every circumstance / When life is at its brightest / Or when shadows gather round / Let me find my way / To a place of praise
I played this song while bathing my baby this week. While she splashed in the water in her baby bathtub that was sitting on the kitchen counter, I worshiped God through this song. I sang and danced to the music while focusing on what the words meant to me and singing them back to Jesus. And it was even sweeter that my baby, covered in bubbles, was smiling back at me as I worshiped!
That’s the amazing thing about worshiping God through music…you can do it without adding one second to your already full, daily routine. Play worship music while doing chores, cooking meals, or showering. You can even do it as an activity with your kids. Explain to them what worship is, why it’s important, and then show them how to do it. Seeing you worship is an amazing way for you to reflect the gospel as a Christian mom and point them to Jesus.
So crank up the music! Dance!
Lift Your Hands! Sing Loud!
Fall on your knees!
Do whatever the Spirit is calling you to do and don’t be embarrassed or ashamed. Your children will appreciate you being genuine and you’ll be teaching them to do the same.
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Matt Redman’s “Glory Song” is filled with 13 amazing worship songs that can help connect you to God during your daily routine. Congratulations to Alonda Tanner for winning her very own copy!