Worship Pastor / Composer Travis L. Boyd and his wife, Cynthia, provide inspiration and resources for the worship community and all believers through sharing the blessings of worship, faith, family, ministry, music, love, & life. We also share information about Worship Sounds Music, which can be found on our Worship Sounds website at worshipsounds.com ~ Downloadable Choral Anthems * Solos * Orchestrations * Worship Songs * Accompaniment Trax

A Lifestyle of Worship

It is only when we see God in all of the beauty of His holiness with the eyes of faith that we can express His infinite worth through worship and experience His transformation of our lives from the inside out.

Worship is the one activity of the church that will continue in Heaven.  If we were forced to eliminate all but one church activity on earth, worship would be the most important to continue.  Worship is the absolute daily goal for every Christian.  Since, according to I Corinthians 10:31, we are to do everything to the glory of God, our lives should be lived in a constant attitude of worship.  We will fall far short of this goal, but yet it becomes the passion of our hearts as we draw closer to the Lord to live our lives in such a way that we bring praise, honor, and glory to God.

Worship is about intentionally giving glory to God through the way that we live our lives.  In every daily activity, in every encounter with people, in every circumstance, in every conversation, in every thought, in every place, every relationship, every use of our talents and the resources that we have been given, in every choice that we make, we learn to increasingly focus on God’s Kingdom, His will and purpose for our lives, and how our response will bring Him glory.   In other words, our lives are to be lived in a continual mindset of worship.  We bring glory to God when we work, play and interact with others  “as to the Lord and not unto men.”  Our congregational worship is to be the unified corporate extension of what we are already seeking to do in our daily lives.  None of us will reach this mark perfectly on earth, but we can aim for it.  Seeing everything that comes our way as an opportunity to bring Glory to God is certainly not an earthly mindset.  We must be intentional if we are to keep His Glory at the forefront of our thoughts and the basis for our actions.

Things will happen in this life that we don’t like.  Some things will break our hearts.  Some words will hurt.  Some relationships will not be as close as we would like for them to be.  Some circumstances will be difficult or even tragic.  Yet, our focus must remain on our God, who is so faithful, so worthy of our praise.  He is a keeper of promises, and He has promised to work all things together for our good.  This life is a whisper in the song of eternity.  As we learn to trust Him, our response to life becomes one of worship…a constant attitude of  “intentionally expressing the infinite worth of God’s glory” *  through the way we live our lives.  As we grow in Him, we learn to become more intentional in our choice to worship Him in everything we do; and yet we recognize our own imperfection and our need of God’s Holy Spirit to indwell our human weakness so that our lifestyle worship, even in an imperfect state, still expresses the infinite worth of our perfect God and Savior.

Most Christians try with all their might to do the right thing and to live honorable lives.  The thought that our lives are to bring glory to God and that worship should be a 24/7 attitude of the heart may go beyond the thinking of many lovely people who are trying to live in a way that pleases God, however.  Many people may never have heard this teaching and may not realize that pleasing God goes far beyond just trying to do the right things and avoid the wrong things.   It’s easy to become trapped in a form of legalism consisting of our lists of  ‘dos and don’ts’  if we are not careful.  It is relationship with us that God desires above all else….that we may know Him.   And, it is only through the understanding of our new life in Christ as an experience of living in a constant attitude of worship that we can begin to have the kind of perspective that allows us to go to a deeper place of relationship with God.  There is freedom and joy in the intentional life.  When we recognize that God is truly Supreme, that He is of infinite worth, that His thoughts are unsearchable, that His holiness is absolute, we are free to respond to him in a constant and intentional state of awe and adoration that changes us from the inside out.  Our perspective becomes so much greater than self.  It is this transformation, a journey toward Christlikeness, that God desires for each of His children.


The lists of dos and don’ts are totally secondary to the miracle of a changed and changing life.   Like a parent who is so happy and blessed by the gratitude of his children, God does not seek our worship for some egotistical purpose, but rather for what it means about who we are becoming.  For an earthly parent, the gratitude of children means that they have matured, that their focus has become less self-centered, that their character is being refined, and that they have begun to recognize how much they are loved and what has been done to care for them from the moment of their birth (and even before).  How it must bless God when we take a step of faith, turn to Him first, choose selflessness, recognize Him as our Creator and Savior and the source of everything good, seek to worship Him in all of life…and move closer to the goal of becoming like Christ.  He who began this good work in us will be faithful to complete it!

Along with the intentional attitude of worship comes a recognition of  the need for manifesting the grace of God in our daily lives.  The “love chaper” of the Bible, I Corinthians 13, is our guide in expressing the grace of God through demonstraing love toward others.  In choosing to do this, we worship Him.  We recognize that the inner man is far more important than anything external.  We let go of judgemental attitudes about appearance and behavior.  We let go of our preferences and instead cling to His.  He prefers an attitude of humility, not a demanding of our own way.  When things are not as we believe they should be, there is a time to speak the truth in love.  But there are also times when we should be silent and choose to pray, leaving the situation in God’s hands rather than taking it into our own.  Living out His grace through the power of His spirit, we worship Him.

“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” Revelation 21:23

What about the worship that we will experience someday in Heaven?  Some people actually think that Heaven might be boring, but that is not what the Bible says!  It says that there is no way it can even begin to enter our thoughts on earth to grasp how wonderful this place that He has prepared for us will be.  Will we be worshipping all of the time?  Yes.  However, we need to remember that worship is already supposed to be a 24/7/365 thing as we are living, working, playing, loving, and relating.  Though there will still be those incredible times of focused congregational worship as mentioned in the book of Revelation, there will be no restriction on anything that is good, pure, uplifting, and Holy.  Some activities that we now enjoy will pale in comparison to what we will find to do there.  We will no longer have a desire to do many things that were but a mere shadow of their heavenly counterparts.  All of the best things will be there in abundance and to a degree that we never imagined possible.  We will not be missing anything!   Rather, as we are living (eternally), we will WORSHIP!

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See the page “Extending God’s Grace” on our blog for additional thoughts on worshipping our God and Savior through seeking to extend His grace.
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* John Piper’s definition of worship. paraphrased.
This definition is found in the devotion titled  “Bodies, Breakfast, and the Marriage Bed”  and subtitled  “A Meditation on Daily Worship”.
You can read the complete devotion at this link:  http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/bodies-breakfast-and-the-marriage-bed

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“Lifestyle Worship” was written by Cynthia A. Boyd.  Travis has read and endorsed this post, and both Cynthia and Travis pray that this message will touch hearts around the world with the truth of freedom in Christ as we seek to bring glory to God.  Please join us in this prayer, and feel free to share the link to this blog post with anyone who would benefit.  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/lifestyle-worship/

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For a short inspiration piece on Worship that can be shared with your choir, praise band, or other group (as well as your congregation), check out our post entitled “Worship ABCs”  at this link:  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/worship-abcs/
For further inspiration about the ways that God works in our lives as we worship Him, read our blog page entitled “Ministry Moments.”
http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/ministry-moments/

OUR OTHER POSTS ABOUT WORSHIP:
(Our pages, like the one you’ve been reading on lifestyle worship, have titles that are always visible on the blog header.  Our posts are categorized, and all of the posts on worship can be found in our category called “Worship…with Wonder!”

Music is a gift…Worship the Giver!

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Comments on: "A Lifestyle of Worship" (13)

  1. Good words, Travis.

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  2. julieannmillerJulie Miller said:

    Cool!

    Julie

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  3. Way, way cool, Julie!

    Travis and Cindy
    worshipsounds.com
    Worship Sounds Music Blog

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  4. Cheryl Tarter said:

    What great words of challenge to us in starting a new year! Thanks!

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  5. Worship is not just expressed in songs or prayer meetings, rather, it should be reflected in every day life. God’s signature in nature motivates us to venture into a worshipping adventure.

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    • Ogweno, You are so right. While there are many times in congregational, small group, family, or individual worship when prayer and singing praise are involved, worship is so much more. Worship in all of everyday life is lifestyle worship. Yes, God’s creation is amazing. How beautiful it is that the Creator of all things has chosen to demonstrate His love and mercy through the life, death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus. How can we fail to worship Him?
      “The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

      Travis and Cindy
      worshipsounds.com
      Worship Sounds Music Blog

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  6. Travis and Cynthia,
    Good article. I am also writing a book around this topic. One of the chapters is called “Checklist Christianity”. Other chapters have catchy titles too. Much stems from my work with world leaders and regular participation in a wide variety of social network forums on many topics. I live I Peter 3:15 every day and never know who will be the next person to ask me the question.

    Jeff

    I Peter 3:15
    “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give and answer to every man that asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

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    • Thank you, Jeff. Let us know when you finish your book. We have edited your comment in order to make the meat of what you had to say come across more clearly. Your work with low data languages, specifically Creole, is very impressive. What a blessing it is that you were able to work with the information industry following the earthquake in Haiti to develop computer translation capability for this language so that helpful work could take place online to make coordination of disaster response more effective. You are in a unique position to answer the 1 Peter 3:15 question, and your response (acknowledging your unique responsibility before God to make use of your extensive training and background in linguistics to not only open up new opportunities and technology to low data language groups but to utilize these opportunities to give testimony of your faith in the Lord) must surely be unforgettable to the world leaders and information technology community members who have marvelled at your extensive contibutions to this field.**

      Blessings to you in your life, work, and ministry,

      Travis and Cindy
      worshipsounds.com
      Worship Sounds Music Blog

      **Note: Jeff has provided the following links for more information about his work:

      JeffAllen-cares-Creole-languages-18Apr2010.html
      https://www.box.net/shared/raqv0x3c1g

      http://www.proz.com/forum/creole/158539-why_jeff_allen_cares_about_haitian_creole_and_other_creole_languages.html

      Also see the interview article which appeared in Multnomah University (formerly Multnomah Bible College & Seminary) Alumni Connection – Vol 8 Issue 6, June 2010
      http://jeffallen.chez.aliceadsl.fr/Multnomah-article-JeffAllen-Haiti_v3.pdf

      and the video of my invited open public talk at Microsoft Research HQ in August 2010 about it:
      http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/dl.aspx?id=136704

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  7. Thanks Travis and Cindy

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    • You’re welcome, Jeff.

      Here’s a comment from a member of one of the worship-focused Linkedin groups to which I belong. I posted Cindy’s “Lifestyle Worship” link on their discussion forum and had this reply:

      Lee Kresser • “Brother Travis, great post! There are so many examples of “do’s” and “don’ts” in Scripture, that it is easy to think that is ALL there is. But since Jesus was such a hit with children, it is sure that He had an available and tender way that was contageous to kids. Smiles, giggles and gentle hugs were in abundance. The kids wanted to be near Him, and to please Him. Why should we adults be anything less? When I visit different churches, I am aware of such diverse thought process and worship processes. If I attend a “Community Chuch”, and I am NOT raising or clapping my hands, do others think I am NOT in worship the right way? If I am attending what some call a “traditional” service, and DO raise my hands or clap, do others think I am NOT in worship the right way? Worship is the state of your heart when it is in the very presence of God. What happens there is deep, profound, and supernatural. THAT is what we should seek in worship, not a “style”. Like you said, Travis; the worship we have here should be what we will have as it continues in heaven. Thanks again!”

      Good point, Lee. May we all be like little children in our desire to please Him by just spending time together with Him. Let us also focus on the internal and eternal in our worship of Him rather than what others may be doing.

      Travis and Cindy
      worshipsounds.com
      Worship Sounds Music Blog

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  8. Great article! That is the kind of info that should be shared across the web.

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