Written by Melissa Longval
Worshipping the Lord with music and song comes easily to me. Not that I am gifted in it, but I enjoy it very much and often turn to worship during the struggles and joys of life.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:1-3
When my children were little, I was often interrupted during worship time to help them with some need. I remember looking around at the people praising and worshipping, and being struck with the beauty I saw.
Eyes closed, peace all over…Some had hands raised and others had them down at their sides. Many faces were turned up towards heaven while others had heads bowed down. It was such a powerful moment for me that I almost felt like I was intruding on these dear people…these precious brothers and sisters in Christ. Like I had caught a glimpse into something only meant for an audience of One. It took my breath away.
To see the beauty of the Lord like that has marked me for life. Witnessing the power of worship as I did, has changed how I view worship. I had previously thought God wanted our worship, because He deserves it. But after what I witnessed I realized how much worship does for us…and that is a big part of why God calls us to worship Him. When we are focused, with our gaze towards Him alone, peace flows freely and humility ushers us to throne of grace!
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103: 1-5
So the next time you are tempted to despair, remember to turn your face towards heaven, and worship your Creator. Let the beauty of the Lord and His peace surround you as you surrender to Him.
Until next time,