I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis (bone infection) when I was nine years old, and I was admitted at the national orthopaedic hospital Igbobi Lagos(I’d share this story someday). Ward D was a children’s ward and was where I spent sixty beautiful days of my life. There were many of us whose story will raise an elaborate pity party without an invitation. There was a Hausa girl who had an amputation, but her limb kept growing, and the doctors kept removing. There was also Qudus who fell from a building and broke both legs.
An outstanding ward assistant
Ward D had an Igbo ward assistant whom I loathed initially. She’d wake us up very early for devotion. Back then, I understood that God is a supreme being and should be worshipped. Likewise, I thought God would realize I was in excruciating pain and would cut me some slack. This Igbo ward assistant never relented. She kept devising ways to engage us. She’d teach us new songs and talk to us about God’s plans for our lives. She taught us to worship God even in dire straits. Her empathy was second to none. She didn’t stop until we all became jazzed and anticipated every morning devotion.
With her heavy Igbotic accent, she’d shout “my Lord is good oh” and sway her buttocks doing a 360-degree cultural dance. Mama Igbo was one of the vessels used by God to awaken and assure me that God loved me intensely. I began to worship God consciously. I had a breakthrough during my surgery. It happened when the doctors discovered another bone had miraculously outgrown the affected one, and they didn’t have to brace my leg with an iron rod.
If you asked me, I would say worship is the panacea for all ills. Worship is how we honour God with extravagant love and extreme submission. It is an attitude of humility. According to Apostle Joshua Selman, worship is a ladder used to ascend dimensions in the spirit. It transcends casual rendition of our favourite songs by Travis Greene or Tope Alabi. Worship is understanding the dynamics of hosting God.
The greatest prison break in history
Paul and Silas were quintessential worshippers. After being severely beaten and bruised at the Phillipian dungeon, these men decided to wow God with their duet. They probably could have made their chains a form of instrument to sail their praises to the ears of God, that God showed up mightily and shook the foundations of the prison. Even Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows would indubitably agree that Paul and Silas experience will make a better prison break movie.
Worship makes colossal impacts. It brings deliverance from enemies and births divine plans and strategies (2kings 3 11-26). A believer ascends to the throne of God in worship so that he can descend back into the harvest field here on earth.
Worship brings deliverance from enemies and victory; remember how King Jehoshaphat defeated Moab and Ammon (2chron 15:20). Worship strengthens our faith and repels depression (Is 61:3).
Our lifestyle should exhibit our worship to the maker of heaven and the earth. our daily living and actions should also portray how we worship God. Many have misconstrued the concept of worship only to mean going to church or engaging in acts of service like participating in the offering, paying tithes, contributing to church building and planting, closing your eyes during prayers or even sitting in the front row in the pew. Unfortunately, worship is beyond all these ephemeral things. Worship is exemplified perfectly in the book of Psalm 96:9 “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth” (KJV).
There’s no manual to worship
There is no wrong way to worship. You can scream, jump, kneel, wave or roll on the floor in worship to God as long as it is done in truth and in spirit. There’s no forming posh or classy in worship o. I cry a lot and I let the tears flow freely in worship. I am that kind of person that can be singing with friends or all by myself and in a milisecond, tears are streaming down my cheeks. My God is emotional and I touch His heart.
It doesn’t matter how you do it but be sure to touch His heart and experience a great move of the spirit. I think it’s pertinent I state here that there are myriad of ways to worship God. Worship is not only when we sing in church with outstretched arms, we worship God through praise and thanksgiving, by listening to His word, starting a gratitude journal, by praying, the list is limitless. Worship can be done anywhere and anytime. I think there’s something about bathrooms/toilets and worship, I can’t explain the eloquence that comes especially when you’re “doing the do” in the toilet or the dancing and singing spree while covered in soap suds in the bathroom. That’s the reason some of us take forever in the bathroom, lol.
Conclusively, I would like to quote a phenomenal man who made giant strides in the scriptures. An excellent worshipper and author of seventy-three chapters in the book of Psalms. A man, so prolific and poetic.
The LORD upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly on You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
The LORD preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever. (Psalm 145 14-21)
King David has said it all. No marvel he significantly moved God’s heart. I’d enthusiastically enrol if he taught a class on worship 101.
Be like David. Just worship. God’s got you!