Renewal Reading—May 9

by mjongsma on May 9, 2013

Are You Engaged?

Read

Psalm 100

Focus

Verse 4: Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.

Consider

True worship involves body, mind and soul. Yes, God reaches out to us, but worship requires that we reach back for him, seeking him, pursuing him, calling out for him. Worship is an action birthed from understanding who God is and who we are in relationship to him. Worship is taking a posture of humility before God’s greatness; it is an act of surrender to superior power. Worship happens when we take time to think about what God has done in, through, around, and for us. The songwriter says,

When I think about the Lord—
how he saved me, how he raised me,
how he filled me with the Holy Ghost,
how he healed me to uttermost;

when I think about the Lord—
how he picked me up and turned me around,
how he placed my feet on solid ground—
it makes me want to shout, “Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!
Lord you’re worthy of all the glory,
all the honor, all the praise.”

Worship is the active emotional, physical, and mental expression of appreciation to God for his goodness and greatness, for his grace and mercy, for his eternalness and faithfulness. Worship is the connecting point of our soul to God’s heart.

Reflect

How authentic and engaging is your worship experience? What are some steps you can take to enhance it?

Pray

Lord, I want to have an intimate, fresh, meaningful worship experience with you. Forgive me for any sin that short-circuits our connection. Free me from any self-consciousness that hinders my expression of joy and thanksgiving. Grow in me a deep love and reverence for you.

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