4/19/14

Wonder and Our Worship - Part 1

I believe when our wonder over God is revived, it will affect every area of our lives. A spiritual awakening to who God is and what He is doing cannot help but transform us.


One of the areas that will likely change is our worship. Our worship should not be reserved only for Holy Days (Easter and Christmas) or even "worship services" each weekend.

I want to echo the song of Revelation 15:3-4 in my everyday life. It is the song of Moses and the Lamb of God:

"Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."

As I mentioned in the last post, there is a connection between wonder--our amazement over God--and the fear of God. But there is also a connection between wonder and worship.

We can worship God as we wonder over His CHARACTER ... CHRIST'S COMING and the power of the CROSS (Philippians 2:7-8) ... the blessing of the COMFORTER (John 14:6; 15:26; 16:7) ... God's handiwork, His CREATION (Psalm 19:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16) ... the CHURCH, preserved by Christ Himself (Matthew 16:18) ... and more.

Author Sharon Jaynes writes about the "glory ache" she has to "experience God's presence and working" in her life, but laments that it's so hard to be still and know Him (Psalm 46:10a). "While the world prods, 'Don't just stand there, do something!,'" Sharon wrote, "God was telling me quite the opposite. 'Don't just do something, stand there.'"

Be still. Stand there. LINGER.

We have to linger in God's Word and in quiet times of prayer and meditation to sense the wonder of who He is. We have to fight for that joy. We have to stop our mad dashing from project to project and linger in God's creation, linger with godly friends, linger in awe of what God is doing.

Lingering is hard. Being still is hard. It is so counter to our nature. We always want to "do" for God, but it's more difficult to just sit and "be" with Him. 

Yes, wonder can unlock the intimacy we crave with the Lord, and motivate us. First to be still. And then to allow praise and worship to bubble up in our hearts.

It doesn't really matter what temperament or personality type we have. We all can grow in our wonder of God and learn to better express our awe and worship.

I think King David experienced this pattern of fearing God, focusing on His wonders, and then bursting forth in exuberant praise. In 1 Chronicles 16, David offered a prayer-song to be sung by Asaph and his brothers regularly before the Ark of the Covenant. This is an excerpt from verses 8-36:

"...  give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done ... tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name ... Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles ... great is the Lord and most worthy of praise ... all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place ... Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness ... Praise be to the Lord ...."

The passage concludes, "... all the people said, 'Amen' and 'Praise the Lord.'"

Yes, Amen. Praise the Lord.

How does the wonder over God or His mighty works move you to worship today?

Check out all the "Wonder" articles under the sidebar label WONDER.  

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