This past week Spotify came out with their 2018 music review which many, including myself, get way too excited about. They formulate your top artists and songs that you listened to throughout the year and share stats on your music habits. According to Spotify, I listened to 53,606 minutes of music in 2018, which is about 37 full days. My top artist was Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger and I managed to spend 67 hours listening to her music in 2018.

It’s safe to say that I’m passionate about worship. I can’t play any instruments, I don’t sing on stages, but my life has been transformed by the Maker of heaven and earth and no matter the state of confusion I may be in, worship brings me back. The Fellows program has pushed me into greater discernment of my vocational calling, and there have been days where the only thing I can do is to be still and press into worship; to praise before the breakthrough.

I think of David in 2 Samuel as he danced and worshiped the Lord with immense passion.

14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.

How often do we have a worship posture like David? To be so consumed with Jesus that passionate worship is our outpouring. Worship is key to the Christian life, and even though I managed to listen to 67 hours of one particular worship artist in 2018 we can never spend enough time in worship.

Why worship? Worship brings us back. It brings peace in the chaos. One of my favorite worship songs is PEACE by Hillsong Y&F.

You will stay true
Even in the chaos
Your Word remains truth
Even when my mind wreaks havoc
I will be still for I’ve known all along
My Jehovah Shalom

Worship brings truth to our soul in the most refreshing way. It allows us to remember who He is and who we are. Worship will always be a constant in my life in times of chaos and confusion.

Something I started doing was worshiping for at least 30 minutes everyday. Sometimes that’s in my car, in my headphones as I’m working, corporate worship, or before bed. This practice has shifted my awareness of God and grounded my identity in Christ. I challenge you to get into 30 minutes of intentional worship every day. You’ll be captivated by what He does with your heart.

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