Some may think its egotistical for God to want our undivided attention and focus solely on him? Well, they are wrong in my opinion….
Because God is God. He is Emmanuel, God who goes with Me. Creator of this universe I live in. Creator of all things living, all the beauty around me. All the things given unto me, provided to me. All love given to me unconditionally. And I know very well I do not deserve any of the blessing God’s given to me so why would I not want to kick the distractions to the curb and direct my attention to “want” and desire to worship Him. He did love me first.
This passage was brought to light to me when thinking about worship: Isaiah chapter 6:1 says: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” Doesn’t it seem like there was such a presence about the Lord… He was high and exalted. The train of his robe filled the temple…This made me think of the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry & Princess Megan. The Princesses train was long… super long… 16 feet long! But as long as her train was. Did it fill the church? No… Can you imagine just how the Lord’s train of his robe filled the temple? As, I read on in Isaiah Chapter 6:2-3 “Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At, the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook, and the temple was filled with smoke.” WOW! To me it certainly seems like the Lord’s presence was known in that temple! Notice the focus was solely on the Lord. Singing, Praising and being in his presence. Not one Seraphim was checking their phone, scrolling Facebook or watching baby goat videos. Because Worship is more than a song. It’s more than singing and praising. It’s your heart desire of being in God’s presence.
Put down the distractions. Fear. Worry. Discontentment. Loss. Selfishness. Or anything else that takes our thoughts and focus away from anything other than who God is. Because there is no victory in fear. There is no victory in worry. There is no victory in whatever else takes our focus away. Only His perfect love gets rid of fear. Only his perfect love gets rid of ________ (insert here whatever distraction you are facing).
I’ve discovered that whenever I place that procession above Him like my cell phone… there’s no victory in it? There is no joy in my cell phone because my joy is found solely in the presence of God. And, when I grasp His greatness, His power, His love, and His character, I begin to understand His worthiness. I begin to declare His worth and that’s when I can better worship. Because when I am convinced God is there. There I find my anchor…Jesus.
So WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? I often think how I can’t wait to get to heaven. How I can’t wait to be in the presence of God. The God of the universe. A great God who loves and cares for all his people. I can’t wait to hear the angels shouting Amen and Hallelujah for the lamb that sits on the throne! For is and is to come! In the meantime, until that happens, I can serve. I can give. I can care. I can love. I can give grace. I can devote time to being in his presence right now. I can direct my focus on him and be purposeful. Right here, right now. I shouldn’t just want to wait to be in His presences when I get to heaven when I can be in His presence worshiping Him right here on earth too. Being presently present in His presence (a bit of a tongue twister).
There is this song called “Worship is more than a song” by Jimmy Needham. I encourage to take a listen in your free time. The main chorus of the song says “You can sing all you want to and still get it wrong; worship is more than a song.” So next time: You are in that checkout line and the cashier is being rude. Will you snap back? Or, the next time your husband or your children do something that makes you mad. Will you show forgiveness? Or totally random…The next time you are at that stop light and the person behind you honks just as the green light literally turned green. Are you going to honk back? Or will you show grace? Think to yourself WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? Because remember. Worship is more than a song.
Lindsey is a stay at home wife, mother and newer follower of Christ. The desire has been placed in her to share her experiences of her growing relationship with God and to let others know that His love is unconditional. You can email her @ firstname.lastname@example.org