We live at a time where so much of what motivates us can be found in a persons feelings. If you feel like doing something, then you should do it with all your heart. On the other side of the coin, rests the idea that if you don’t feel like it, why do it at all?
This mindset completely affects our worship. There are many times that we enter into our weekend worship experiences only to be at a place where we do not feel like worshiping at all. Because of the way we feel we only offer up God a few scraps of praise. Sometimes we cut out our worship all together and wait until we are in a better mood so we can offer something that’s a little more real and authentic.
I believe this reveals a massive misinterpretation of worship, and what’s required for it to be authentic and acceptable to God. And if I’m permitted to be frank, it has very little to do with the way we feel.
Hebrews 13:15 says this: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.”
Your worship filtered through your feelings might be lacking, but your worship filtered through Jesus’ sacrifice will never be. Feelings are not what usher you into worship. Jesus’ blood is.
The devil will try to rob you off your praise by telling you a certain feeling must precede worship. Jesus has offered up worship you will never be able to. So be faithful to offer up worship you are capable of. Even if you’re not feeling it.
Listen to me. We must put our feelings in their place and make them catch up to our faithfulness. So get to worshiping in-spite of how you feel. This is what is meant by “a sacrifice of praise.”