Worship For Your Week - December

This blog exists to help fuel our worship - to help us see and savor God as the greatest treasure in all of existence! We'll be posting playlists of songs and a brief reflection on particular issues related to worship.


We are officially in the season of Advent (literally: "arrival"), which means intentionally focusing our attention on the coming of God to earth in human flesh, ultimately to restore and redeem human flesh - to redeem you and me - from our broken sinfulness.

We always celebrate Jesus, but Advent is a sweet time to both intentionally remember and longingly anticipate.

We remember Jesus' work of salvation through His first coming. In fact, this is what His name actually means - "God saves." Just prior to His lowly birth in Bethlehem, an angel approached Mary and Joseph telling them that Mary would give birth to a King and that His name would be Jesus, "for He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31-32).

So, we intentionally remember the rescue from sin that was purchased by God, who not only dwelled among us, but also died for us!

But it's not enough to merely remember; we also anticipate. We, too, like the Israelites who awaited the promised Messiah, look forward with eager expectation for this same Messiah Jesus to come again bringing about His rescue in full!

As followers of Jesus, we have tasted and seen the beauty of His forgiveness through the cross and the victory of His empowering presence through the Spirit.

Yet, we all still feel it.

We know things aren't as they should be. In this time in between Jesus' first and second coming, the battle is all too real. Our selfish desires and doubts. Our inability to relinquish control, lay down our pride, and rest. The heaviness of pain and hurt as injustice is committed in our homes, neighborhoods and around the globe.

So, we longingly anticipate the day Jesus returns to fully rescue us - and all of creation - from the sin that so heavily weighs us down and holds us back from knowing God in all of His glory and grace!

In this precious season, may we behold and look to our Savior, Immanuel, who is God with us. And as we do, may we intentionally remember His past coming and longingly anticipate his next coming. All glory be to Christ, the newborn King!


Be sure to check out this month's playlist on Spotify and YouTube. 

Worship For Your Week: October

This blog exists to help fuel our worship - to help us see and savor God as the greatest treasure in all of existence! We'll be posting playlists of songs and a brief reflection on particular issues related to worship.


Defining Worship

When I say worship, what comes to mind? Maybe, for many of us, it is a particular outward spiritual activity. Maybe we think of someone going to a temple or singing a hymn, praying out loud or gathering together for a church service.

These things definitely relate to worship, but are they at the core of what worship is? I believe the Bible says not. Understanding worship as merely an outward spiritual activity is not going quite far enough...

See, the Bible says that worship is our identity - who we are - before it is ever an activity - what we do. We were all created as worshippers. Speaking of those rejecting God, Romans 1 says this: "They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and they worshipped and served the created things rather than the Creator" (v. 25). In other words, at any given moment, we are either worshipping the Creator God or the created things of God.

The difference isn't in whether or not we worship - the difference is in the object or content of our worship.

Louie Giglio says this: "Worship is what you were made for. You are a worshipper. Everyday, all day long, everywhere you go, you worship. It's what you do. It's who you are. The simplest definition I can give is that worship is our response to what we value most. It's what we're all about on any given day. Because, worship is about saying, 'This person, this thing, this experience (this whatever) is what matters most to me... it's the thing I put first and value most in my life'" (Giglio, Wired: For a Life of Worship). 

So worship is not merely singing songs or going to a religious service. It is not limited to when you read your Bible or pray in your room. Worship is not simply an outward spiritual activity. No, it is first an inward experience of the heart.

Again, worship is all about what your heart values and treasures most - what you love supremely. Which means that right here, right now - for me and for you - there is a war that wages for our worship

Will we worship the created or the Creator? Will we ultimately pursue and love the things God made, or will we treasure the God who made us, seeing the Gospel of Jesus as the most beautiful and supremely valuable reality?

May we be those who, along with Paul, cry from our hearts: "Whatever I once thought was valuable, I now consider worthless in light of Christ. Yes, I consider everything as worthless when compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus as my Lord!" (Philippians 3:7).


Be sure to check out this month's playlist on Spotify or YouTube.

Worship For Your Week: August

This blog exists to help fuel our worship - to help us see and savor God as the greatest treasure in all of existence! We'll be posting playlists of songs and a brief reflection on particular issues related to worship.


What is worship? Why do we worship? How do we worship?  What is the goal or purpose of worship? What are healthy expressions of worship? These are questions people have been asking me over the past months and questions I have reflected on over the years. I wanted to start this blog series because God has really impressed upon me the importance of worship, and particularly the need to cultivate deeper and more faithful worship among this community of God's people.

Worship isn't merely a sideline issue, it is the purpose for which we were created!

"The final end of all existence is the worship of God. God created the universe so that it would display the worth of all His glory. And He created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it - with all our heart and soul and mind and strength." (John Piper). In other words, our purpose is to behold and treasure the glory of God's character and the grace of His activity toward us - particularly as this has been revealed in Scripture and in the person and work of Jesus Christ applied to us through His Spirit - and to be changed as a result! This is true worship - to behold and savor God as supremely valuable!

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, "And as we... behold the glory of the Lord, we are transformed increasingly into His image." And Psalm 34:8, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!"

My prayer is that as you engage with these songs, your mind will be fed with His truth, your affections and desires will be captivated by His beauty, your heart will be softened by His love, and you will be moved to surrender in full to the God who made you for Himself!

Click here to access this playlist on Spotify


Worship playlist - August

  • Relentless - Hillsong United
  • Steadfast Love - Loud Harp
  • Great I Am - New Life Worship
  • This is Amazing Grace - Jeremy Riddle, Bethel Music
  • Raised to Life - Elevation Worship
  • Love Is War - Hillsong United
  • For the Cross - Jenn Johnson, Brian Johnson, Bethel Music
  • Father You Are All We Need - Citizens & Saints
  • Rising Sun - All Sons & Daughters
  • Future/Past - John Mark McMillan
  • You Have Won Me - Brian Johnson, Bethel Music
  • You Have Searched Me - Citizens & Saints
  • Be Thou My Vision - Ascend The Hill
  • We Sing As One - Trinity Grace Church
  • All I Have Is Christ - Sovereign Grace Music
  • Great Are You Lord - All Sons & Daughters