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Monday, October 04, 2010 @ 11:55:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

"Why is it always about you!" This is the title of a good book by Sandy Hotchkiss which is about living with narcissistic people. Narcissism is defined by Webster's as "egoism", or more simply put, self-centeredness. We live in a narcissistic culture and I am sure each of us has family, friends or acquaintances we interact with and everything seems to be "all about them".

So how does this tendency in our culture affect our worship of God? A primary focus of mine in recent years has been soaking in God's presence as I listen to worship music. It helps me connect with God through my heart rather than just my mind and experience more of God's presence in my life.

This has been a profound and transforming discipline for me, but I find myself being convicted that the primary focus of my worship has been more about experiencing God's presence and desiring to see Him bring change in my life than just pure worship for who He is. If I am not careful this becomes more about me than about God and can tend toward being narcissistic. God created us to worship Him. It is our highest calling and He is worthy of our worship. A primary focus of our worship should be about Him; who He is and His majesty, and worshipping Him without expecting anything in return.

In reviewing my Itunes music library this week I find that I have more worship songs asking God to come and change me, help me, hold onto me, or declarations of what I would like Him to do in my life and less about just worshipping Him. There is great value in all these types of worship songs, but it is an issue of balance and priority, not either/or.

Unselfish worship will lead us into His presence but that should not be our primary motivation.

The greatest honor given to mankind is our ministry to the Lord Himself in thanksgiving, praise and worship. We are called to be worshippers with no expectations of receiving anything. The good news is that God is such a good and generous God that when we worship Him for who He is we will receive beyond our greatest expectations, including more of His presence in our lives. As Psalms 100:4 says, praise is a pathway into His presence.

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