I was going through my usual morning routines today – you know, making beds, tidying up, dishes, watering plants, etc., etc., etc. Like everyone else, there is a list. There is always a list.
Have you noticed that it never seems to get shorter? Sometimes I wonder why I don’t seem to be as productive as I would like. Time seems to trickle elusively away. The day is well-spent and I often feel like I haven’t made the best use of it.
Just as I was about to come into the office to do my devotional and start work on the computer, I thought I might look on my iPad for some background worship music. I chose a playlist that I sometimes use for the ladies group held here. Before I got to the office, a worship song came on that grabbed my heart and my attention and I had to stop where I was and worship.
What a beautiful time that was. Just a few minutes, but how powerful they were. My head was emptied of the busyness of the day and my eyes were well and truly turned upon Jesus.
The need to keep Him in sharp focus in my life – my normal, daily, everyday life – became clear.
How much I needed Him, loved Him, depended on Him, was forever grateful to Him filled my heart. There was peace.
He was all that mattered.
Worship is the opportunity to connect with Him in an intimate way. To experience Him.
King David was a worshipper.
Not just when it was easy, not just in the good times. His most powerful moments of connecting to God in the most difficult seasons of his life are recorded in the Psalms.
It is all there. The good and the bad.
But one thing remained the same.
His recognition of His need (and love) for God. A strong trust and confidence.
Psalm 91:1-4 (NKJV)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Psalm 9:9-10 (Passion)
9 All who are oppressed may come to you as a
shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place.
10 May everyone who knows your mercy keep putting their trust in you,
for they can count on you for help no matter what.
O Lord, you will never, no never, neglect those who come to you.
Let’s make an effort to worship God often, not just when it is convenient, but especially when it isn’t.
If we would remember to look up and set our hearts on Him, then, as the song says, ‘the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.‘
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