Is Worship Relegated to Sundays Only? (Y1.T2.D37)
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Worship is not a Sunday-only activity. It can happen whenever we take the time to do it.
Last Friday, I was alone in my apartment, wiping away joyful tears as I worshiped God.
I didn't plan it. I usually reserve my early mornings for writing because my creativity wanes as the day does. Yet on this day, I'd used three hours of precious writing time to do other projects. Once they were done, I still had five blog posts to review and edit. Immediately the burden of my inadequacies mingled with the ticking clock and the task felt daunting.
I had a choice; push through or postpone.
Pacing the floor—a common style of prayer for me—I spoke aloud, "God, please help me to accomplish the task before me. I don't want to postpone it. Help me place the unnecessary worry or anxiety aside. Fill me with Your words, Your message, Your skills. And help me not be exhausted while doing it."
Maintaining the spiritual communication, I walked over to my computer. I pictured him sitting alongside me as I typed and read. Then I listened to the song in my first post and felt a surge of energy as I sang along.
By the time I got to the second song, I found myself worshiping with my hands lifted high in praise. His words flowed as I knelt in humble awe.
As I returned to the third, fourth, and fifth blogs with tears streaming down my face, I felt the communal help of the Holy Spirit. The time passed like an old-fashioned church revival.
When worship becomes only a Sunday morning activity we do with others, we are missing out. God is ready for us to worship him through praise—all day, every day.
Spirit of the Lord, Come.
20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who went up to worship at the feast. 21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there my servant will also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
27 “Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this time?’ But I came to this time for this cause. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came out of the sky, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
29 Therefore the multitude who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
30 Jesus answered, “This voice hasn’t come for my sake, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die. 34 The multitude answered him, “We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever. How do you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up?’ Who is this Son of Man?”
35 Jesus therefore said to them, “Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn’t overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn’t know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.” Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them. 37 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn’t believe in him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke,
“Lord, who has believed our report?
To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 For this cause they couldn’t believe, for Isaiah said again, (John 12:20–39)
9 He [God] said, “Go, and tell this people,
‘You hear indeed,
but don’t understand.
You see indeed,
but don’t perceive.’ (Isaiah 6:9)
11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”
“Until cities are waste without inhabitant,
houses without man,
the land becomes utterly waste,
12 and Yahweh has removed men far away,
and the forsaken places are many within the land.
13 If there is a tenth left in it,
that also will in turn be consumed,
as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stump remains when they are cut down;
so the holy seed is its stock.” (Isaiah 6:11–13)
41 Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him. (John 12:41)
1 The earth is Yahweh’s, with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell in it. 2 For he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods.
3 Who may ascend to Yahweh’s hill? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, and has not sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive a blessing from Yahweh, righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek your face—even Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, you gates! Be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the King of glory will come in. 8 Who is the King of glory? Yahweh strong and mighty, Yahweh mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, you gates; yes, lift them up, you everlasting doors, and the King of glory will come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? Yahweh of Armies is the King of glory! Selah. (Psalm 24:1–10)
You are an on-hand God and not far off (Jeremiah 23:23). I'm grateful to be a temple of God where Your Spirit lives (1 Corinthians 3:16). I don't have to wait for a special day or unique place to fellowship with you. I'm awed and amazed when I commune with the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy. You said You dwell in the high and holy place, as well as with a person who has a contrite and humble spirit (Isaiah 57:15). Daily humble and revive me.
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