In the worship of our amazing God, we often get so preoccupied with bringing God a list of things that need to be sorted out, touched or healed. As I’ve said in previous posts: the point of worship was never us. It is solely for an audience of one. Scripture when talking about worship refers to His pleasure not ours. But here’s the best part, Our God treats us as a Father would and gives good gifts to those who diligently seek Him. He longs to touch, heal and grow us.  In my worship, the Lord has been training me to lay aside all my ideas of what I might need when I come to meet Him and instead be filled with who He is. When I see my BIG God, the situations and issues of life seem so small. When I see my BIG God, worship happens!

 Somewhere along the way, we as Christians have become consumers of worship and not the consumees (the ones being consumed). We can so quickly lose sight of God’s worthiness of my every breath in praise. This happens as the simple yet fundamental practice of yielding is sidelined for a ‘take it’ and ‘claim it’ form of Christianity (I say this as someone who encourages that within certain biblical contexts). Often, the biggest strides in our walk with God happen in places of humility and yielding to the Potter’s hands. Focusing on worship in particular, this involves me laying aside myself and treasuring who God is above all else.
The following scripture has shaped my walk over the past few years. I hope it edifies you as well.

Job 22:
21″Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
22″Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
23″If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
24And place your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25Then the Almighty will be your gold
And choice silver to you.
26″For then you will delight in the Almighty
And lift up your face to God.
27″You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will pay your vows.
28″You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.
29″When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence,
And the humble person He will save.
30″He will deliver one who is not innocent,
And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
Following are the lyrics to an amazing song written by Steven Curtis Chapman, from the album “Declaration” (Get it if you can). This song really helped me respond to the Scripture above.This song sooooooooooo nails alot of me….I hope it nails you too.
Steven Curtis Chapman- Magnificent Obsession

Lord, You know how much
I want to know so much
In the way of answers and explanations
I have cried and prayed
And still I seem to stay
In the middle of life’s complications

All this pursuing leaves me feeling
like I’m chasing down the wind
But now it’s brought me back to You
And I can see again
This is everything I want
This is everything I need
I want this to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus
Be my magnificent obsession
So capture my heart again
Take me to depths I’ve never been
Into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy
Return me to the cross
And let me be completely lost
In the wonder of the love
That You’ve shown me
Cut through these chains that tie me down
to so many lesser things
Let all my dreams fall to the ground
Until this one remains
You are everything I want
And You are everything I need
Lord, You are all my heart desires
You are everything to me
You are everything I want
You are everything I need
I want You to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You
I want it all to be for You

I hope this has helped you.

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