I finished up my work this afternoon and pulled out my music to practice.
We have a ladies conference coming up next weekend at our church, Seaford Baptist, in Seaford, VA. I’m going to have the privilege and honor to help lead worship for that conference and we have our first team practice tonight. I pulled out my music prepared to hammer some of the new songs that I’m not familiar with. I certainly wasn’t prepared to be hijacked though.
I went into my time of practice with the intent of learning new songs, and I came out of it blown away by worship. Yes, worship. I didn’t go into it with a mind set for a time of worship. But intensely listening to the music as I sat in my bedroom–listening to the biblical lyrics and to songs that were straight out of scripture–I couldn’t help but push practice aside and worship my God. And as I did, the concerns of the day, the worries and lists of things to-do paled as my focus zeroed in on who God is. I am humbled that God will allow me such a gift. I am in awe.
In the same way, I think that is what scripture does to our souls. When we faithfully search out scripture and turn the words over and over in our minds, they seep into our souls where they can do the work that God intends for them to do. They reveal who God is. They reveal His love, His sacrifice, His will. And soon we find ourselves hijacked into His presence.
This isn’t a magic formula, and there are many, many times that my soul is cold towards God even in the midst of scripture work and praise. Many times. And yet over and over again, God calls me-and you- to worship Him. To make much of His name. To glorify Him.
Psalm 95:6 reads: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” In fact, throughout the Psalms, we are invited, urgently, to worship our God.