kneel, worship God

Life’s Application – Worship

Miranda dragged the heavy van door shut as the last of her siblings tumbled out of the car. Together the family walked up the pathway to church. That is, until someone had to go back to get their Bible. Miranda followed her dad into the building, stopping to say hello to some friends, and be hugged by her elderly neighbor, who was just a bit deaf, and Miranda reaped her greeting several times before moving on. She glanced through the people surrounding her, and hurried to catch up with her family. As the worship band began playing she deposited her stuff in her seat and straightened to see what song was playing. Ah, it was ‘My Lighthouse’ by Rend Collective, one of her favorite bands. Miranda subconsciously looked around her. Her mom had her eyes closed, and hand out. Her dad was singing loudly, nicely. And the women in front of her was was clearly praying out loud, her voice lost in the music. Miranda began singing quietly, after a few lines, she tentatively closed her eyes. Immediately she felt very aware of all the voices around her. Sure that someone was looking at her she peeked out… and of course, no one else was paying attention to her. She noticed a few more people this time, though, off down the row to her right there were two girls who were whispering together. Miranda closed her eyes again and enjoyed worshiping, but a few minutes later she felt unexplainedly compelled to kneel. Immediately, she started getting fearful and arguing with herself.

“Just do it!”

“But what will those girls think? What will my parents think?”

“Does it matter what they think?”

“Logically I should say no, it doesn’t matter. But-”

“But what? Aren’t you supposed to fear God, not man?!”

“It isn’t going to be a sin if I don’t kneel would it?”

“That is what you are going for? The least you can do without sinning? How about the best you can do to honor God?”

“But people will think I’m being dramatic and making things up.”

“Well, you’re not, so who cares? Besides, no one will notice, they are all worshiping”


Apply it…

  • Does your extreme consciousness of everyone around you ever hinder your ability to focus in God and worship in a group? Well, it did for me for a long time. But God arranged circumstances in my situation so that I could really learn to worship- finally! Anyways, you are not alone in that seemingly little struggle. But that doesn’t mean it is okay. It all comes down to our fear of God. Or our lack of it. Are we focused on worshiping the all-powerful, awe-worthy, God who loves us and died for us? Or are we concerned about the human to our left that we don’t even know very well, and definitely doesn’t deserve our worship? We’ve talked about fearing God many times before in Th!nk magazine, and I could write pages and pages on it (I actually started a book about it once), so I won’t go into it all here. But it is the foundation on what we do in life. If we don’t fear God enough to simply worship Him in a room full of other believers in church, how will we ever be able to fear Him enough to much harder things? Our motivation will be really quite pitiful. So, I challenge you: go back, read our pasts articles on fearing God, search Scripture yourself, and then quote it to yourself when you struggle to fear Him, and not humans.

*Specifically, check out May 2016 Th!nk magazine.

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Life’s Instructions – the fear of the Lord

Life’s Instructions– The fear of the Lord
“Is-is he a man?” asked Lucy.“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of the Beasts? Aslan is a lion-the Lion, the great Lion”

“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he- quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
~C.S. Lewis, in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
God is not a human, and if our relationship with Him is to be right, then we should bear this in mind!! God is the all powerful, omnipresent, omniscient, King of Kings! He is God. As Mr. Beaver says, Aslan (who represents God) is not at all ‘safe.’ If you choose to seek Him, come close to Him, and surrender your all to Him, be prepared for the most wonderful adventure. But not at all a safe one curled up in your comfort zone safe from embarrassment and learning. And yet again, as Mr. Beaver says, ‘He is good, and He is King’. And we should fear Him. He is a jealous God. A just God. The Bible tells us of all His marvelous deeds. Both those of His healing deeds and undeserved mercy– and those of His just and unquenchable anger. He is the great I AM. He is the one who killed all the firstborn in Egypt. Who called the FURIOUS storm. Who created the universe. Who crumbled the walls of Jericho. Who killed a man in punishment for wrongly touching His holy ark. And SO MUCH MORE! Our God is an awe-some God! HE IS ONE TO FEAR. And yet, it is a wonderful fear. It isn’t the dread, because He is a good King. One who, even in all His glory, loves us. I am having trouble finding the words to say all that I want to say. Our God is worthy of praise. Of awe. Of adoration. Of our whole-hearted obedience. Psalm 34:9 (NIV) says, ‘Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.’. Picture a scale. One one side put all the things you are afraid of: spiders, new things, heights, learning to drive, large dogs, …fill in the rest. Now, on the other side, put just this one thing: fear of God. Awe. Respect. Understanding of His power and justice. …And then watch the scale hit the table on that side with a resounding bang. When you fear God you fear nothing else, because you trust in His power. When you don’t fear God, you fear everything else, because deep down you know you sure can’t handle anything! You may think you can, but the truth remains. As Psalms says, we are but a breath. And God is beyond our comprehension! Rahab understood that the God of Israel is One to fear, and God made it so that she did not lack anything. I cannot fit all that I want in this one article, and even if I had a hundred I could not describe what it means to fear God… mainly because I cannot comprehend it myself. But I challenge you to seek this yourself. Before the day is up start your quest by reading Isaiah 42.