How are you and the church drawing closer to God through worship?
Imagine a love so great it overwhelms you. It captivates your heart, mind, and soul. It may encourage some to become strangely still; even quiet, others fall to their knees tears flowing, many stand in awe, and a few may leap with joy. It may happen in crowds of people, alone, or in the most unexpected ways and places. Is this what worship looks like? Is this what happens when you comes face to face with the transforming truth of God’s love and redeeming power?
In the Old Testament we see time and time again that God’s greatness was revealed after His people were overwhelmed by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God’s stubborn love and longing to draw them close to Him and bless them with His favor was overwhelming. They worshiped, making much of God, and God healed their land.
In the New Testament we see God’s greatness revealed in and through Jesus Christ. When people opened their eyes and ears to receive forgiveness of sin they were overwhelmed. Jesus captivated their heart, mind, and soul and never let go. His followers worshiped, making much of God, and God healed their lives.
God’s people from every era and generation worship God when they recognize the true greatness of God and are overwhelmed by His love. With all that we’ve done to replace, reinvent, and rewrite God’s love story he simple asks us…
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
God wants to overwhelm you with His love.
He is only limited by your willingness to worship him.
Humility becomes a reality for those that have come to grips with their limitations. Humility begins with perspective. The humble will say, “I am nothing, but God is everything.” Their life will be one example after another of making much of God.
Prayer transforms a person when they believe God hears, cares, and longs to meet their heart’s cry. Prayer is the most intimate act of trust. It can help a person recognize that God is present with them through the good and bad. The more we pray the more we are centered on God rather that the circumstances of life. Prayer gives the intangible substance.
Seek His Face
When a person seeks His face they are intentionally loosing track of the things that distract, corrupt, and rob them from knowing God. The purpose of life is found in knowing God. The Bible promises that those that seek him will find him. It doesn’t mean they wont find despair, fear, anger, and uncertainty along the way, but it promises they will find God.
Turn from Wickedness
Turning from wickedness takes recognizing sin has corrupt even the best, purest thoughts a person has apart from the enlightenment of the Father. Wickedness is pervasive. There is no escape apart from God’s forgiveness through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Sin has no dominion over Jesus. If a person is covered by Jesus’ love and sacrifice, sin has no dominion over them. Wickedness is a fading memory of a past reality. Worshiping God in his greatness becomes our clear reality.
Imagine a love so great it overwhelms you. It captivates your heart, mind, and soul. Now stop imagining it. Humble yourself, pray, seek His face, and turn from wickedness…worship God.