Living a life of authentic Worship
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, (Jn 1:1).” How do we approach something, so matchless, so mysterious and so indescribable by our own limited imaginations? How do you even begin to wrap your arms around a God who spoke the heavens into existence with just the breath of His words? There is a way but it’s not how you may think. Singer, song-writer Matt Redman said, “we often find the gateway to worship the almighty God through paradoxes.” For example, we find God by standing still, by actively waiting in His presence. We embrace God with arms spread wide. To see Jesus our Savior on the cross we fall face-down at His feet; and to approach Him, we simply stand in awe.
We can boldly approach God as our loving father, our friend and our Savior. He draws us back home by the leading of His Holy Spirit and soon the mystery of how we approach almighty God is answered for us. He longs to come along side of us in our hurt, pain, temptation, disappointment and afflictions. As Jesus the man, He walked among us so that we wouldn’t be afraid of Him, so we could know Him again and so that we could see Him relate to us. Through this connection we discover His love expressed through others and as we worship Him we realize that we are in Him and He in us, forever as, “the Word became flesh and made His home among us” (Jn 1:14).
I am the lead worshiper of RiversEnd Community Church in The Woodlands, Tx. I have been a Christian for many years but in November 2011 I took a more intimate step of faith towards my heavenly father and I have fully embraced the calling of God for my own life. As I continue to walk with Him and my new church family, I desire to understand and experience worship to my God more deeply. To walk in the fullness of all that He has created me for. Worship is not for us but for Him. To worship Him more deeply in truth means to know who He truly is. The more we are in awe of Him the more authentic our worship will be. In this blog, we will explore those paradoxes that open us up to the God of scripture. We will learn more of what it means to “be holy” as He is holy. We will be inspired together by the Holy Spirit and let beautiful songs be birthed from our encounters with a God who forgives sins, that He chooses to remember no more. We will worship God together as a family of believers, united by the blood of our Savior that not only cleanses us outwardly but more importantly from the inside, to the depth of our very being (Heb 9:1-14). We must begin to understand that we don’t invite Him into our worship service but rather we have been invited to bring Him our worship. Only then will we know what it means to live life face-down, to be lifted up into the throne room of the most High!
To God be the glory, forever and ever- Amen!