Worship as a
Lifestyle
EXTRAVAGANT WORSHIP

The apostle Peter used words like “full”, “great” and
“inexpressible” to describe the
love of God wrapped up in
salvation. When we recognize just how much God loves us we
rejoice! God is certainly worthy of all the praise and worship we
can give!

Let's take a look at just what Peter was thinking. “Blessed be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to
His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain
an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not
fade away, reserved in heaven for you who are protected by the
power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed
in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

He goes on to say that “you greatly rejoice”. (1 Peter 1:6) God is
so good to us that he would not only make a way of salvation but
would also keep this salvation on a celestial credit card for the
day that we appear before him. Then Peter reminds us that “for a
little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various
trials”. (1 Peter 1:6)

Just like Peter and Paul, we are reminded that even if this life
has rough patches, we don't need to stop rejoicing in the
goodness of God.  For example, it was from a Roman prison that
Paul said, “rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice”.
(Philippians 4:4)

Salvation is such a wonderful thing because of
who God is. He is
in debt to no one but, in mind-boggling love for all of mankind, he
met the righteous requirement for eternal life. Isaac Watts wrote
the following words to a popular hymn. “Love so amazing, so
divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”  

Daily each believer is inspired to worship as we consider who
God is. Peter continues his thought when he says, “though you
have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see
Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy
inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your
faith the salvation of your souls”. (1 Peter 1:8,9)

One Hebrew word for praise is Halal. It's found 110 times in the
Old Testament and its meaning is to be clamorously foolish.
Hallelujah is derived from this word to praise. The Psalmist
David used this word in Psalm 22 when he said, “I will tell of
Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will
praise (halal) you”. (Psalm 22:22)

Christians greatly rejoice -  Halal - and clamorously
praise God
for he has been so good. Even if the day that we face brings
trials, we are grateful for a loving God who saved us and has
given us a future beyond today.

In a
lifestyle of worship, we can reasonably worship God for who
he is and praise him for his mighty acts of kindness. The one with
his focus on God will do so with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
                             
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