A flower spoke to me about worship. No, I haven’t lost my mind. We were singing in church and I happened to see someone, lost in praise with arms aloft and an expression of abject wonder and joy. She reminded me of how flowers turn to face the sun and, as they do, receive nourishment and vitality. The strength and life they receive is then manifested in the flower. In a sense, they glorify the sun by their outstretched beauty.
It struck me that worship works much like that. We tend to think of worship as an act that is directed toward God, a one-way deal. But in reality, worship is interactive. As we turn our attention toward God, praising Him, we also receive new strength and vitality from Him in that process. Like flowers turning toward the sun. And, like flowers, as we to God in worship, His glory and beauty is manifested in our worship.
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth! (Psalms 57:9-11)