Worship While Waiting

Waiting! Who is tired of waiting? Me! Me! Me! Who else? Okay, the point of this post is not to complain, because there is a much better alternative: worship! There is power when you worship Jesus. Obviously there are so many reasons to do so, but breakthrough happens when you worship because it shuts out room for the enemy to reside. When you speak words that bring life then you can’t also be speaking words of death. So pursuing a life centered around worship opens up all communication lines between you and God and shuts out room for anything not of Jesus to reside.

Do you realize that no matter what you are waiting for you get to control your attitude and emotions? That means that it’s up to you if you will grumble your way through or praise your way through your wait. It’s up to you whether you will kick and scream your way through or worship your way through your wait. What’s my recommendation? Worship!

While many, including myself at times, think of worship as music that isn’t always the case. Worship can be prayer, reading, dancing or journaling. Anything that connects you with the heart of God is worship. That will look different for each and every person. For some it will be dancing up and down during the music at church and for others it will be quietly sitting in their sit. The good news is as long as you are pursuing God, there is no wrong way to worship.

Paul sets the perfect example of why worshiping is so powerful. I think my trial is hard but can you imagine being in prison? This is where Paul found himself but instead of feeling sorry for himself Acts 16:25 says, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” And what happened next? Their worship caused such a violent earthquake that the doors flew open and the prisoners were released. Paul’s worship loosened the chains, not just for him, but his worship impacted those around him too!

What chains are you in today? Is it infertility? A financial crisis? Divorce? Whatever it is, choose to praise your way through. It’s much better than the alternative options and it’s one way to connect yourself to heaven. Turn on some worship music and I guarantee that it will turn your focus from your problems to the only one who is worthy of your worship!

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6. 

Worship While Waiting

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  • Lauren
    Posted at 08:23h, 05 August Reply

    I love that right after those doors fly open, too, the Lord uses them to calm a frightened jailer (who was ready to commit suicide due to his fear of being found without the prisoners), but the prisoners had stayed by choice, and the jailer comes to know the Lord!! That means yes, worship loosens chains, but it also means God can use us powerfully in the wait! We can help others see God’s power and Christ’s forgiveness even while we struggle. What an awesome passage!!

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 08:24h, 05 August Reply

    Wow talk about a perfectly timed post! Thanks for that ?

  • Danielle
    Posted at 09:08h, 05 August Reply

    What a great reminder! It can be easy to forget that praise can also be a weapon in warfar when life gets hard. The last thing the enemy wants you to do is worship. The greatest temptation is to blame God for whatever it is that you think is wrong.

  • Laura
    Posted at 09:53h, 05 August Reply

    So beautifully put! Amen amen amen!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 13:38h, 05 August Reply

    Sometimes I feel like worshiping is the only thing that gets me through. Especially the music side of worship … TOTALLY in the way of serving others. That’s always going to effect my attitude while I struggle. Focus on HIM!!!

  • Kay
    Posted at 14:09h, 05 August Reply

    Absolutely love this (although I’ve loved all of your posts so far!) and loved your point about how Paul’s worship not only effected him, but the others around him! When we worship “out loud” and make our love of God public, we effect everyone around us!

  • Peggy Overstreet
    Posted at 15:01h, 05 August Reply

    I always think of what we tell kids, “do I HAVE to?” “No, you GET to.” Same with me, with the Lord. “Do I HAVE to go through …?” He says, “no, you GET to, to honor Me, to be part of My purpose.”

  • Andrea
    Posted at 16:25h, 05 August Reply

    Worship and praise are SO important – NO matter what kind of thing we may be going thru in our lives

  • Rachael
    Posted at 17:33h, 05 August Reply

    I’m tracking! Girl, we are so on the same topics here lately. Waiting is so incredibly difficult, and it’s so easy to gripe about it. Great post!

  • Brittney Moses
    Posted at 19:32h, 05 August Reply

    This was such a timely post. I’m in a place where I know what’s coming but I have a period of waiting before I can move into that season. It’s the power of God that gives us this endurance and trusting His timing that gives us reason to rejoice with hope! Thank you for sharing this

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 08:54h, 06 August Reply

    I know that when I turn to worship, the world falls away. It never fails to change my attitude! I need to take time daily to make worship part of the culture of our home.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 23:56h, 06 August Reply

    I couldn’t help but sing the song from Fireproof about “While I’m Waiting ” by John Waller. It’s such a beautiful song and goes along with your post so well.

  • De Bolton
    Posted at 13:23h, 07 August Reply

    I think a great way to pass the wait is to worship! It takes your mind off things. I really needed this reminder. Thank you!

  • Sarah Jane
    Posted at 10:08h, 08 August Reply

    Definitely turn on worship music!!! I do that when I clean (which I don’t like, but do out of necessity). I set the timer, tell my daughter, “It’s time to clean up for the next __ minutes.” My son goes in the pack ‘n play, and he’s dancing too.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 15:50h, 09 August Reply

    The good news is as long as you are pursuing God, there is no wrong way to worship. <— so true and so wonderful! I wish you didn't have to keep waiting, Caroline. I'm thankful he has given us ways to worship him in all things.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:03h, 19 August Reply

    Yes! While we’re waiting for a door to open, praise Him in the hallway, right?!

    I think of 2 Chronicles 20 when I think of praising God in the wait. Judah praised God and He fought their battle for them while they did so.

    And yes, Acts 16 – wow! I have that one marked in my Bible, too. If you read the preceding verses (16:19-24) I find it amazing that after all that they are praising God! What an example for us.

    I don’t know if I can control my emotions, but yes, I need to remember that I can definitely choose to control my thoughts/words & actions that lead to those emotions.

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