How do I live a life of worship? A life where my worship is not limited to music, church or even to my quiet times?
I found the story of the mezuzah very helpful in my personal quest to find a way to live my everyday life as worship to my King. What is a mezuzah?
Traditional Jews hang a mezuzah on their doorposts. This is a wooden, plastic or metal casing that contains a small scroll on which two Scriptures are written:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 11:13-21: “So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you. Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
Dare to do life differently
The beautiful function that the mezuzah serves is a reminder of a life lived through the lens of covenant and relationship with the Lord. When leaving the home, the mezuzah is seen, and it reminds people to carry the Word of the Lord on their hearts as they go out into the world and marketplace. When returning home, the mezuzah is seen, and reminds people to do family and love through the lens of the Word of God, to love the way He loves.
The mezuzah reminds people of the covenantal life found in God. It is a reminder of a life of worship. Like the mezuzah, we too need a daily reminder of the covenant we have with the Lord. What is your mezuzah? How can you remind yourself to live a life that is dedicated to worshipping your Lord and Saviour? When we are reminded of this throughout our day, we will start to see life from a different perspective – from His perspective.
Worship is not a genre of music
We must not forget that worship is not just music or singing. Our very life is worship unto Him. It is not a genre of music, but it’s a heart response to His beauty, holiness and strength.
How do I start living a life of worship?
- I read my Bible to get to know His character.
- I pray to learn to look to Him.
- I learn to wait to hear His voice.
- I express my love, reverence and awe to Him.
There are many other things you might add to this, but these are the foundations of our faith. When we do this, it becomes second nature to worship Him with our lives. In fact, it’s the most natural thing for us to do, because we were created for this kind of life. We were created to worship Him with our very lives.
A life of worship is daily choosing to pursue Jesus and living connected to Him. Come and join me on this journey, truly the greatest adventure of our lives.