Coming undone. Standing before His throne stripped spiritually bare. A holy unravel.
Deep in my soul, Spirit stirs slowly like a grandma from Italy turning her wooden spoon in a large pot of tomato sauce.
These nudges, this work in me, began during the night of praise and worship at New Cumberland Church of God (yesterday’s post).
Whatever He’s doing continued during praise and worship at church yesterday morning. Buckets of tears with no tissues in sight.
Has this happened to you? An awareness of an inner change, sitting on a ledge of trust, waiting for the signal to leap?
Praise His Name, Jesus! His power, His goodness, His unbridled mercy on us in our mess.
The mess Eve began. The mess our flesh can’t get away from. Such strong pulls from the world, calling our names, turning our heads to people’s opinions, luring our eyes away from Heaven.
We don’t intend to worship other things. We don’t set our alarm clocks to get up early to be sure we hail to our busy lives, our financial goals, our reviews of our work, our well-meaning friends, our families who seem like they are ours.
Worship. An English word meaning to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power (www.merriam-webster.com). There’s no immediate Hebrew translation.
Nonetheless, the act of worship changed with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
In the Old Testament, God required specific physical structures and sacrifices to communicate honor of Him. In the New Testament, the lens zooms in on our individual hearts and minds minus the checklists because Jesus was the living sacrifice made to atone for all our sins past and present, freeing us to seek Him directly and fully (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary).
Think of the last time you entered a time of worship where your focus was only on Our Mighty God. Maybe you were at church with others, maybe you were gardening or sewing, maybe you were praying, or maybe it was a moment shared with others when His name was given utmost honor.
Jesus replied, ‘Believe me dear woman the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming-indeed its here now-when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’ (John 4:21-23).
Jesus tells us:
1) The place of worship does not matter
2) Time has changed the way of worship
3) We honor God the Father and His Son and Spirit by focusing on Him “in spirit” and in “His truth”.
Sounds easier than it is in the midst of Spring sports, job demands, rough patches in marriage, health declines, grief, … and the list goes on.
The Way is made. The lines of communication are open 24/7. Our patient, loving Creator waits.
How do we infuse our lives with worship when the ruler of this world seeks to tear us away from God?
When our words and actions are not in worship, we dishonor God.
There really is no in between.
Seek, abide, honor vs. take our eyes off Jesus, dishonor.
A painful truth for Him and us.
Our ordinary abilities will never worship God unless they are transformed by the indwelling Son of God. We must make sure our human flesh is kept in perfect submission to Him, allowing Him to work through it moment by moment (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).
God wants us to worship Him every day.
He wants to bust our souls open wide to receive His Word.
He wants us to embrace the desire He placed in every womb to worship Him,
and worship Him alone (Exodus 20:2-6).
Will you join me in prayer?
Dear Gracious and All-Powerful Father,
We come with our heads bowed to Your Holiness. We come with humble, teachable hearts. We come asking You, Our Ever Only Lord, for help to honor You in all things.
We know in our intellect, dear Lord, our ways and our thoughts are misguided and often selfish. We know Your ways are higher.
We ask as the psalmist did in Psalm 86:11:
“Teach me Your way, Lord
That I may rely on your faithfulness;
Give me an undivided heart,
That I may fear Your name”
We don’t want to need any one thing to worship You, for it is not about us. Help us to sit still no matter the place and meditate on Your unfailing love, Your Heavenly grace, Your Sovereignty, Your Knowledge of All things.
Help us to remember You created every hair on our heads, every nail on our fingers and toes, and that Your power thumps our hearts.
Let praise pour from our lips until our last breath. Praise Your name forever!
Thank You today and for every day in the future. You are Our King of Kings.
In Jesus Holy Name we pray,
Thank you for being here today. How do you worship in the every day bustle of life? Feel free to start a discussion here in the comments.
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Enjoy this given day.