Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and gladness are in His place.
Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
1 Chronicles 16:27-30a
I don’t know what I’m thinking.. how many people want to read about obedience, let alone think about it? And not only am I writing about obedience, but I’m doing a series on it. (Crazy, I know!)
Maybe no one reads this or thinks about this but me.. maybe it’s me who needs this message the most.. and that’s okay! This isn’t a numbers game anyway, otherwise I would find much more seeker-friendly topics! No, this is a call to reality. This is a call to be who we are created to be before God.
I want to unpack the idea of obedience over the next few weeks. Not outward works, but the heart of obedience. What goes on in the inner realm when we truly desire to obey God with our whole beings.
And nope, I’ve not arrived. And I never want to imply that. I’m a work in progress, and still in need of much progress, for that matter! (Just ask my husband!)
So first off, here it is:
The heart of obedience is the heart of worship. (Not the classic worship song that most of us have heard so much we could recite it in our sleep.. but our heart condition.)
Worship is so much more than fancy lights, soundboards, talented musicians and speakers. In fact, it often involves none of those things. Music is one way, and a beautiful one, that draws us into the Throne Room of God. I love music and I’m so thankful that this avenue is available with so many amazing, talented artists and bands out there. But that's not what worship is. I’ve given this definition some thought, so let me know what you think of it. Worship itself is really this: feasting on God’s Presence, reveling in His goodness, being humbled and smitten by His Love. This brings Him Glory. This brings us a fullness of heart that nothing else can compare to. In its purest form, worship is everything that we are meant to be, and it is the most satisfying experience that we will know this side of Heaven.
That inner heart of worship expresses itself in many different forms. It could mean going to the foreign mission field, or simply taking out the garbage. Either can be done with the right heart to honor God, so either one can really be an act of worship. Either could also be done with selfish motives, a bad heart, or begrudgingly out of obligation. (That would be the opposite, incase that wasn't clear.)
Our challenge for this week is simple and yet SO profound. If we do it, we will see results. Maybe not on the outside (though probably), but most assuredly on the inside where it really counts. Guaranteed.
Whatever your days consist of, spend 10 minutes each day (whatever time is suitable for you) simply making a point of drawing near to God, being aware of His Presence, His goodness, His amazing love. Ten minutes. That’s not too much to ask, right? If you’re one who likes to challenge yourself, do more!! I bet once you do a few days, you will be too hungry for His Presence to NOT do more.
I’m going to do this challenge this next week, and I hope that if you’ve suffered enough to read through this, then you have the heart to join me. Will you?
Please comment below if you’re in! Then we can hold each other accountable.