Daily Devotional
Do You Worship God with Joy?

“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.”

Romans 1:9

Ponder This

We worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. What does it mean to worship in spirit? You don’t just worship God with your hands and your knees and your eyes and your mouth—that’s involved, but worship needs to come from within. You have to serve God with your spirit. If you don’t enjoy worshiping, the problem is in your heart. If worship seems boring to you, you are not worshiping God in spirit and in truth. You may think a church service is just listening to a sermon or singing songs, but it is more than that!

You have to worship God in spirit! And to worship God in spirit, the Holy Spirit has to be in your spirit! “You received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15). If you don’t enjoy coming to church, if it’s tedious, tasteless, a bore, and a drag to you, remember the joy of your salvation, go to a gathering, and see God work in a powerful way to remind yourself of His Spirit at work!

  • Do you enjoy worship services? What do you like about them? What is more difficult for you about them?
  • Have you ever found yourself stuck in the motions, going to church as a routine, but taking no joy in it? How can we turn to the Lord in these moments?

Practice This

Spend some time in prayer asking God to restore the joy of your salvation and lead you to worship Him in spirit and truth as He desires.


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