Day 27: The wonder of worship

On Mondays, I get to download five new songs for the week and add them to my ever-growing iTunes record. Definitely makes the transition into a new week easier when you get free music!

Whenever I signed up at a library back in the States, this was one of the perks that came with it. Although I am thousands of miles from that library and although I only ever checked out 10 books or so, I can still take full advantage of this awesome perk.

This week as I was scrolling through a list of songs to potentially download, I kept thinking about the song ‘Good, Good Father.’ On Sunday, the Lord had really spoken to me through the chorus. So, I decided to play the song while I kept looking for the other four freebies.

Seriously, when the first chord was struck, I felt the Lord leading me into a time of solo worship.

One of the things I most look forward to on Sundays is the blessing and opportunity to worship alongside of a God-fearing congregation. To me, that is the most replenishing thing to take part in.

As a writer, I understand the power of words. And for those words to be put to an equally impacting melody speaks volumes to my soul. Music, therefore, has always played an important role in my life although I’ve never learned to play an instrument for myself.

When I started the song, ‘Good, Good Father,” I had expected to be able to continue looking through the other songs because I had to get to class soon. But when the lyrics began pouring into my ears, praise came pouring out of my mouth.

I have had some of my most precious encounters with God while on my knees in my own room. All too often I believe we confine God’s presence to the four walls of a church building when in fact, God’s presence can be experienced anywhere.

Psalm 139:5-8 reads,

“You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.”

God is omniscient! If we are of Him, the Spirit of the Living God dwells within us. God is never far from us and our praises welcome the power of His presence into our lives.

We don’t have to wait for Sunday to roll around each week for us to experience authentic worship. The wonder of worship can be experienced on any day and at any time.

There is freedom in that truth, family.

Today, I would like to encourage you to set aside a five-minute block of time to just abide in the presence of the Lord. If you love worship music like I do, then pick a song to help open and prepare your heart, but let God move freely.

If you feel led to lift your hands, do it! If you feel a prompting to get on your knees and cry out to Him, don’t be afraid! This is between you and God, and let me tell you something, I can imagine the Father smiling when He sees His children wholeheartedly worshiping Him with abandon.

On Sunday, we sang a beautifully-written song with the following verse: ‘Our praise goes up, the walls come crashing down.”

When we worship God in spite of how we may feel or what we may be going through, we open the door for Him to move mightily in our lives. When our eyes are focused on Him rather than on our circumstances, we give room for the walls we have built to come crashing to the ground.

Worship Him, and rest in the love of the Father’s embrace.

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