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Five Ingredients for a Game-Changing Worship Experience

Mar 11, 2019 |

If you’re looking for ways to improve or shake up your worship routine, here five things you might want to consider.


Two key elements of genuine worship are a mind cleared of distractions and a heart attuned to God. Both require some advance work.

First, before you enter God’s presence, ask Him to help you remove thoughts of your workload, your family issues, your to-do list, your petty differences and anything else that might take your attention away from worship.

Second, spend a few minutes reading key Bible passages. The book of Psalms would be an obvious first choice. You might also look for accounts of God’s work in the lives of His people. That way you can enter His presence with a fresh appreciation for who He is.


This ingredient boils down to three questions:

1. How much time do we spend worshiping God in a given week? (Hint: This does not include the time we spend praying, the time we spend reading the Bible or the time we spend in church, apart from the worship elements.)
2. Is it enough? (Hint: It’s not.)
3. How can we make room in our busy schedule for more worship? (Hint: Worship can take place anywhere, for any length of time. The only requirements are a mind focused solely on God and a heart ready to give Him glory.)

Like-Minded People

It’s possible to worship God in the privacy of our own home, as part of our daily prayer/Bible study/quiet time routine.

Each of us can lift a solo voice in praise and adoration. Even by ourselves we can experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from entering God’s presence with a sense of awe, overwhelmed by His perfections and deeds.

But in order to fully appreciate the power of worship and understand its potential, we need to surround ourselves with others who share our sense of excitement, purpose and joy.

Scripture—Especially the Psalms

God Himself referred to David as “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22). No one else in the Bible is given such a title. Perhaps it’s because his heart was so closely aligned with God’s that David was able to compose some of the most extraordinary words of worship ever conceived.

Thousands of years after they were written, David’s words still resonate. Read Psalm 63 or Psalm 103 or Psalm 145 to get a sense of what it means to place worship as the highest priority in your life. Read the psalmist’s words aloud in your own voice to add intensity, depth and variety to your own worship.

Of course, David’s not the only game in town when it comes to worship in the Bible. Other passages that can impact your approach to worship include 1 Chronicles 16:23-31 and Revelation 4:8-11.


Genuine worship involves far more than just our voices; it also involves our eyes and ears, our hands and feet, our mind and heart.

We worship God with the things we choose to notice and the things we choose to involve ourselves with. We worship him with the way we spend our valuable time. We worship him with the service choices we make every day.

Jesus led by example in this area. He said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). According to John 13, on the evening of His arrest, Jesus served His disciples by washing their feet. He understood that serving others ultimately brings glory to God. And bringing glory to God is what worship is all about.

If you want to add new dimensions to your worship, look for new opportunities to serve others.


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16 comments on “Five Ingredients for a Game-Changing Worship Experience

  1. Timothy Adebayo AGBONJINMI says:

    Very timely word of inspiration. Thank you and God bless.

  2. James E Bowles Jr says:

    Be awesome to be blessed with the OPEN BIBLE along with deep SPIRITUAL lessons to bless me in my study of JESUS and GOD’S truths to bless my walk with HIM even more.
    May JESUS bless your family…all you at THOMAS NELSON and your sharing of GOD’S TRUTHS & ABUNDANT LOVE around this world

  3. Rodney Woods says:

    Very enlightening that you

  4. Sarah says:

    Amen! I was blessed by this reading, in Jesus Name Amen!

  5. Saimone Namosimalua says:

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words to be close to your Maker, I love it and I’ll try my best to practice it, thank you so much and God Bless….

  6. Noelle Tuccio Loynes says:

    This is very helpful. Thank you!!

  7. John says:

    Very inspiring; God is looking for people who can worship Him in truth and Spirit.
    When we get tuned up to the Holy Spirit, He quickens us to worship and how to do it. HE is our helper and helps us in our weaknesses. In order to Worship God effectively, we need to increase in Knowledge of HIM and walk in the spirit.

  8. Rachael says:

    This is a wonderful Divine direction towards our daily worship. It is very inspirational. Thank you for the enlightened topic.

  9. Tess says:


  10. James Shirinda says:

    Great motivation to come closer to the creator and provider of everything in our daily lifestyle.

  11. Gabriel Utom says:

    Thank God for the message. It is inspiring.

  12. Dan says:

    Key scriptures that help me serve God are such.
    Serve with full heart and soul (forever and ever)
    Serve with joy (forever and ever)
    You cannot serve mammon and God (forever and ever)
    Wherever God is, surely his servant also will be (forever and ever)
    Looking up scriptures for serving God is what helped me.

  13. Deborah Wing says:

    I forwarded this to the entire team including the sound techs. I believe it is a timely message and want to thank you for putting it out there. LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD…Ps 150:6
    See you to worship with you when we arrive and see His glory on that day in heaven.

  14. Beverley says:


    1. Loveson Banda says:

      Oh, blessed indeed. So enlightened. God richly bless you!

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