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'We should worship God in a way that pleases him.' Hebrews 12:28 NCV

In John chapter 4, a woman with a chequered past tried to argue with Jesus about how to worship. Jesus made it clear to her that these issues were irrelevant.

Where you worship God isn't as important as why you worship God. What you get out of it isn't as important as what you put into it. Listen: 'His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth' (John 4:24 NLT). Worship is your spirit responding to God's spirit; 'Deep calls to deep' (see Psalm 42:7). Praise that isn't from deep down isn't praise at all. Jesus called thoughtless worship 'babbling' (see Matthew 6:7). You can have a lot of fun when you worship, which doesn't mean you don't take worship seriously.

If God intentionally made us all different why would we all be expected to express our love for him in the same way? There's no 'one-size-fits-all' way. The best style of worship for you is the one that is authentic and enables you to express your love for God, without denying your culture and personality. You don't glorify God by trying to be something he doesn't need one more of. God wants you to be yourself! The Bible says, 'true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth... the Father... is actively seeking such people to worship him' (John 4:23 NCV).

So what now? When it comes to true worship, be yourself, whether that be noisy and demonstrative or quiet and pensive. But, dig deep and give God your unique praise today!

Soulfood: Num 22-24 Mt 12:38-50 Ps 108 Pro 3:31-32,

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