Continual Worship

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“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” Psalm 34:1

 Recently, I was reading 2 Samuel 6 when King David was bringing the ark of the covenant to the city of David. The ark had been captured by the Philistines, and once returned to Israel it stayed at Kiriath-Jearim until David became king. (1 Chronicles 13:3) It was quite the ordeal.

My interest was piqued in 2 Samuel 6:13, “When those carrying the ark of the LORD advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and fattened calf.” (CSB) After all that had taken place – they stop after six feet. And this wasn’t just a quick water break!  

David had a heart to worship the Lord in sacrifice and praise. At this point in his life, David walked with a heart continually postured to God. After six steps, he wanted to stop and acknowledge God, the One he feared and loved deeply.

As Christians, we can comfortably fall into a rhythm of attending church on Sunday to worship and listen to a sermon, but nothing in between. Box checked, good for another six days or until next month. Perhaps offering up a simple prayer every now and again between visits.

We are created for continual worship. Adam and Eve walk with the Lord daily in the garden of Eden. Continual worship creates space where we experience personal relationship with God. David’s words in Psalm 34:1 speak to continual worship. “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” (CSB) Always and at all times.

How do we worship continually? We can worship God through prayer, expressing gratitude, spending time in His holy word and singing praises. The ways to worship God can be as unique as we are, and probably look different daily. God is a God of order, but I’ve never known Him to do the same thing over and over again. It’s waking up and giving Him our first thoughts in the morning, and our last in the evening. Perhaps on hard days, it’s stopping every six steps and remembering who is on the throne.

Can I challenge you to join me in a posture of continual worship today? Then maybe even tomorrow, and the next day? It’s going to take some practice, but God’s grace is sufficient. David was a man after God’s own heart, we can be too.

For further study, you might consider Hebrews 13:15-16 and 2 Samuel 5-6.

How can you or have you experienced continual worship? I’d love to hear your thoughts and how I might be able to pray for you. Leave a comment below or send an email.