By Marie Robinson
I am in the state of Washington as I write this little article. This morning, I had the privilege of talking to the Lord as I overlooked a beautiful northwestern sky. I gazed at the sunrise and a beautiful little waterfall in the backyard of the friends we are staying with. They have a few chickens in a small pen and they were busily pecking on a squash rind that had been placed there for their breakfast. As I viewed these simple little things that the Lord made, I began to worship Him. I really had no words to express my wonder so I used my heavenly language and new that He would understand.
We were made to worship, not only in the church building, but in the actual “Temple” of the Holy Spirit…us!
One of the definitions of worship is to “honor and love” someone or something. Everyone does. Just listen to any friend, family member or colleague and you can tell what or whom they worship in short order….i.e., grandchildren, a lover, a car, a house, a friend, a spouse, etc. For you see, true worship is spontaneous. It is not contrived or coerced. It just bubbles out of your heart through your mouth and through your actions. God wants to be the Primary Person to be worshiped as stated in the first commandment, “Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and strength…” Deut. 6:5. As we love and worship (give worth to) Him, we can truly love and honor others.
Truth without emotions produces dead orthodoxy and artificial admirers, i.e., flattery, duty bound responses, etc.
Emotion without truth produces empty frenzy, continuously living by feelings, etc. It cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of the rigors of thought.
Worship must engage emotions and thought. Get a vision for God’s holiness and greatness as He speaks to Job:
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you [a]have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
6 “On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
9 When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 And I [b]placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11 And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?
God’s Mighty Power
12 “Have you [c]ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 “It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
15 “From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the uplifted arm is broken.
16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea
Or walked [d]in the recesses of the deep?
17 “Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 “Have you understood the [e]expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its [f]home?
21 “You know, for you were born then,
And the number of your days is great!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
For the day of war and battle?
24 “Where is the way that the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
25 “Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
26 To bring rain on a land without [g]people,
On a desert without a man in it,
27 To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the [h]seeds of grass to sprout?
28 “Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 “From whose womb has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
30 “Water [i]becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
32 “Can you lead forth a [j]constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her [k]satellites?
33 “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an abundance of water will cover you?
35 “Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 “Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given understanding to the [l]mind?
37 “Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or tip the water jars of the heavens,
38 When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
41 “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?
None of us have the capacity to answer any of these questions. We are deemed speechless in His awesome Presence as Job was.
When you see His greatness and our smallness, you will have no trouble worshiping Him spontaneously.
So, the next time you are spending time with the Lord, He won’t mind if you shout or sing or dance.
As a matter of fact, He may join you!
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice (spin around in a dance) over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
“God inhabits the praises of His people.” Psalms 22:3 & 4