You see, for me this is usually a challenge. I start my praise with the best of intentions, but I often find myself wandering... not it body - I'm present, but in mind, soul, and spirit - totally not present. My mind often starts to drift and thoughts of the day that just past or the day ahead starts to spin... challenges, needs, desires, random thoughts - anything and everything. I immediately pray and give those things to God, then I ask God's help to clear my mind and help me put my focus on Him. And He does, but it doesn't take a song or two later for everything but my physical body to be elsewhere again.
At this past Wednesday's service, something was different. Every moment my heart was crying out to God with utter praise. Not one request was on my heart. Not one thought filled my mind. I was abandoned. It was awesome!
After service I reflected on what was different and I felt that still soft voice whisper, "I've got it!" I was able to pin back most of those moments of distraction to worry. Yet, that very day I was filled with complete trust that I didn't have to have a thought in my head because HE, the God of this universe, Creator of all things, Omni everything, has my life in His hands. He's got it! I didn't even need to think about it. I just needed to release it.
I wish I could say worship has never been the same again, but I can't. But I am so thankful that I am aware of it. I can release my worries, my concerns, my thoughts and praise the One who is truly worthy.
I dare not let the enemy steal my praise any longer. I am completely abandoned in unabashed worship to the King of all Kings!