40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline:  Day 18 – Worship


1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

20Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.  Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15:1 and 20-21, New International Version)

Theme:  Rejoicing and Thanksgiving


A big thank you again to those who shared their reflections on Worship yesterday.  Their was a clear message that effective worship involves submission/obedience to God, which results in rejoicing and thanksgiving.  It was also clear that worship needs to be an every day experience.  In fact, we diminish the power of worship when we limit it to a certain time or place (e.g., in a church service).  As we think about a lifestyle of rejoicing and thanksgiving, it is interesting to observe how worship was sometimes interwoven into the daily lives of the Children of Israel.

Bible Passage:   

In today’s Bible passage, the children of Israel have just witnessed the mighty hand of God in rescuing them from the hands of their oppressors. Moses and the Israelites sang acapella and then Miriam and the women added instruments and dancing. The verses of Moses’ song go from detailing what occurred to proclaiming what will occur. Moses describes God’s defeat of the Egyptians and also speaks of what God will do in the future. Miriam adds to the singing with dancing and tambourine with a simple, short song that serves as a reprise.

Please study the passage and consider the question and activity below.

Question and Activity:

How do you incorporate worship into your daily activities?      

If you are in an artistic mood, you may want to follow the example set by Moses and Miriam and write your own lyrics about how God is working in your life.  

Please leave a comment or maybe some lyrics.  We would love to hear from you.

5 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline:  Day 18 – Worship

  1. My daily go to as I get ready for the day, do chores, or drive is my gospel music. Most days I have a theme song that sometimes plays on repeat numerous times. Gospel music for me has the immediate effect of turning and transforming my mind and heart towards the Father. Hezekiah Walker says “ Every praise is to our God, sing hallelujah to our God, glory hallelujah is due our God”.

  2. I think incorporating worship into my daily life, starts from the time I wake up. Sometimes it can be short or long prayer in the morning depending on my schedule for the day. Doing my devotional for the day is also a part of my daily worship. I think I worship the Lord during the course of the day by even just having the thought of God in my head by simply saying “ Lord thank you that was great help” or “ I did it Lord because of you.” It’s like i’m praying or worshiping God in my head and heart while I was doing something especially with my busy schedule. But on days that I’m just in the house without much schedules/official events ( that is actually exceptional day as I am extremely busy every day), I play Christian songs and sing along with it, or have some nice gospel music while exercising, doing chores or when relaxing. I do a lot of ikebana ( Japanese flower arrangements at the official residence and when I’m done with each arrangement, I feel I’m worshiping God and thanking Him
    for the beautiful flowers I bought or cut fm the garden. By incorporating worship in my daily life, it prompts me to acknowledge God and be grateful for all the blessings and happenings in my life. By worshiping God daily, it also means I acknowledge the difficult or challenging moments of my life, learning to let go of things I have no control and allowing God to handle it for me. Worshiping God daily also means walking with him and letting Him direct my every step in my journey to life.

  3. I don’t listen to the radio much anymore, but when I do, it usually includes going to the Christian music station and either listen or sing along.
    Also, for years, every time I get in my vehicle to start a trip or while driving at the beginning of the trip, I have sung the same song to myself. I’m convinced of God’s “extra” guidance and protection during the drive. 😉
    Another thing I do is whenever I receive a devotional or even songs that my family members will sometimes send, if possible, I try to stop whatever I’m doing and read the devotional/listen to the songs and make the time an impromptu worship session. I especially love when the devotional seems to be speaking directly to me, and when I know the song(s) enough to sing along.

  4. Most mornings when I wake up it’s a simple prayer of thanks for waking me to see another day and asking to be used by Him that day. Then I listen to a devotional. Usually I’m listening to worshipful music as I get ready for the day. Although not consistent, I try to do in the moment worship as good things happen throughout my day. Then at night my husband and I close the day with our family prayer.

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