Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Worship


I have heard the word hundreds of times. I have done a study on the word. I take it for granted that I know its meaning. Yet, I woke up this morning and there it was - and I wondered what it really meant. Somehow I had lost it in the familiar.

I don't often get to listen to his radio program, but I was alone at just the right time this morning. He is not just a gifted preacher. He is a "word master." Pastor Chuck Swindoll has a way with words that often brings me to tears. This morning he was speaking on Worship - my word.

It came like an audible answer from the Father. "You asked, Linda. I heard. Now listen."

I listened as Pastor Swindoll spoke on a subject so dear to his heart. His words resonated in mine:

"In worship we connect with the living God.
Worship is a human response to divine revelation.
In worship: my God is magnified
my horizon is enlarged
my perspective is changed
In worship there is nothing separating me from His touch."

There is no set formula to worship. It may be a lifting of the hands, singing songs of praise, a quiet bending of the knee, dancing in joy. It may be doing the laundry, ministering to an aging parent, reaching out to those in need. When our hearts are connected to His it is all worship.

Psalm 95
1-2 Come, let's shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us!
Let's march into his presence singing praises,
lifting the rafters with our hymns!
3-5 And why? Because God is the best,
High King over all the gods.
In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns,
in the other hand grasps the high mountains.
He made Ocean—he owns it!
His hands sculpted Earth!
6-7 So come, let us worship: bow before him,
on your knees before God, who made us!
Oh yes, he's our God,
and we're the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.
The Message

Linking to Jennifer's blog today.



I am also linking to Deb's today (friday). This beautiful, gifted lady has created a place for us to gather at the table and share what is on our hearts. I hope you'll come visit.



Blessings,
Linda

10 comments:

  1. As I was reading I was thinking, "She should link this to Jennifer's God-Bumps community!" I love when He responds so immediately to the questions on our hearts.

    Love this: "When our hearts are connected to His it is all worship."

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  2. that sounds good, linda.
    i just looked-up the "insight for living" website.
    there i found today's message: "worship: let it shine! let it shine" , the last in the series "growing deep in the christian life".
    i think i will give it a listen...

    http://www.insight.org/broadcast/

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  3. I think that even a smile can be an act of worship.

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  4. Amen and Amen...let us worship our Maker!

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  5. I needed that!
    yes worship is different for different people... but I think each of us knows when it REALLY happens for us.

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  6. Just. Gorgeous.

    Oh, Linda. You've captured the essence of our God-Bumps/God-Incidences community so well with your post. I'm so grateful for your participation.

    I love when this sort of thing happens.

    As I was reading, I had this visual of you and me walking up the hiking trail at Laity Lodge. Remember that? While reading, I imagined our walk, and I imagined you telling me this story in person.

    I'm missin' you, lady. Would love to see you again ... soon.

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  7. i like the psalm you chose, perhaps because for me, His creation often leads me to worship. (i saw your comment over at deb's place, and came over to visit. you should link this post with her, too, today - it is definitely food for the table!)

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  8. I used to listen to Chuck all the time with pen and paper. I love him.

    God's the best!

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  9. There is always more to learn about worship, isn't there? I'm so grateful that God meets us there, in our limited understandings.

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  10. exactly this Linda. So thrilled you joined the community of tables.
    And I have some pretty unique ways to worship, or realizing I am. Isn't that miracle?

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