From the time Kanakuk first began in 1926 all the way to our current term this summer, God has continually done incredible things here at Kamp. Students have been saved and lives have been transformed. Families have been restored and beautiful friendships have been born. As the Lord continues to work in this place, we believe that the best is yet to come, and we are so thankful for that promise. One way that we love to show gratitude for God’s continued presence is through worship!
Psalm 100 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Proclaiming the glory of God through songs of praise and words of adoration is an awesome way to celebrate His faithfulness. When we engage in authentic worship, we are expressing our confidence in the plan and purpose of the Lord in our lives, while thanking Him for his grace and mercy.
Worship also expresses that we believe God is good and that we are thankful for His gifts. It is a position of the heart that brings God’s people together and unites them as the body of Christ. Taking the time to worship is a perfect way to set aside the distractions and busyness of everyday life and remember that our Heavenly Father has us in the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16). While we can constantly be filled with doubt and fear, taking the time to worship allows us to focus fully on His everlasting faithfulness.
As sons and daughters of Christ, one way to honor God is through practicing gratitude for not only the gifts of grace that he has lavished upon us, but also for our unlimited access to himself through Jesus. But maintaining thankfulness can sometimes be difficult if we feel that God is not hearing or answering our earnest prayers. In times when it seems hard to engage in worship or feel that we are repeating our prayers, we must remember the words of 1 John 5:14: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
At the end of the day, God knows what is best for us and because of that fact, he doesn’t give us everything we ask for in prayer. He knows the big picture and does not wish to withhold any good thing from us. With that being said, sometimes in His divine providence, God shows us His favor and provision through the ways that He closes doors and answers prayers in ways that we did not want or expect. The good news is that He has promised that each time we cry out to him, He does hear our voice and He knows the intentions of our hearts. Worship becomes even sweeter when we remember that God’s purpose for our life is greater than any plan we have constructed for ourselves. We pray that every Kamper learns to adopt a constant spirit of worship in the good times and the difficult ones, and through both answered and unanswered prayers. Worshipping the Lord in the midst of a personal storm displays our commitment to his commands and our trust in His will. In addition to that, worshipping in times of joy communicates our gratitude.
Isaiah 21:5 reads, “O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; for You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”
Believers, find comfort in God’s perfect plan that was put into motion when the Earth was first created. His faithfulness, grace, mercy and power are all reasons why we should aim to make time for true, authentic worship. There is tremendous, eternal value in meeting our Heavenly Father face to face to praise him for all that He is and will always be.
So how do we practically worship Our Father in everyday life? It’s simple. We offer ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him. (Romans 12:1) We choose to submit our lives to God’s perfect will every day. We enjoy each present moment and celebrate the beauty and fun of the life He has given us. We can sing songs exalting His name and spread kindness to both strangers and family alike. We can spend time with Him in prayer or reading the bible. Any act or thought that celebrates the beauty and goodness of God, is worship.
What is your favorite way to worship?