Fuel for Worship

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015

THIS WEEK'S THEME

Key Bible Verse: What a wildly wonderful world, GOD! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. (Psalm 104:24, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 104

When I’m having a hard time worshipping, I’ll often focus on a tree, or on a leaf on that tree, or an ant on that leaf. I’ll sit back and quietly marvel at the mind that created these things. I’ll force myself to slow down, to pause and simply enjoy childlike wonder.

I’m a sucker when I see the rich textures [of colour] that emerge an hour before sunset or the bare winter branches against a vivid blue sky. When I choose to pause and adore the Creator of such things, I get lost in helpless wonder.

But it doesn’t stop with nature. I’m astonished at the diversity of people around me as I walk through a busy airport. [Or] I think of how he tenderly and relentlessly shapes [my loved ones] souls. Then there’s the artistry he loans to others – the soaring lines of architecture, the magic of electronics, and museum photographs and paintings.

Then there’s his past work and faithfulness in my own life, when I think about any tough times I’ve endured and look back in amazement at the way good eventually triumphed over evil.

Finally, and never to be forgotten, is the worship that bubbles up through his Word – as I study his goodness and faithfulness from centuries past.

— Bill Myers in The Jesus Experience

My Response: What are some things I can reflect on when I’m having a hard time worshipping?

Thought to Apply: There is not one blade of grass, there is no colour in this world, that is not intended to make us rejoice. – John Calvin (French theologian, pastor)


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