I've been thankful for this time to focus on some powerful worship music, that in turn informs my worship each day. This is the last day of A Week of Worship and I can say it's awoken in me the desire to be more purposeful in my worship. I have worshipped each morning while I run, and hope to continue this. I also chose to include six songs this morning, so I hope you don't mind, but rather enjoy more worship to feed your soul today. Let's get to the music!
Day Six of A Week of Worship has some songs that make me want to hit my knees in worship. The enormity of God's creation, His purposes for us in Christ, and how dramatically the Lord changed history by rising again. He conquered death! When I lose sight of that, Lord rebuke me and return to me my sense of wonder!
On this fifth day of A Week of Worship, my focus is pointing in closer, like a laser. In John 4:24, Jesus tells us that God is spirit, and we who follow Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. Truth is not incidental to the life of the Christ follower. Without the truth, our worship may be sincere and heartfelt (as I believe it was for the prophets of Baal and Asherah in 1 Kings 18), but we ultimately worship to no effect, because we worship a lie.
This is Day Four of A Week of Worship, Wednesday. At the risk of sounding foolish, we've come to that day that is unaffectionately referred to as "hump day." On a day when many find themselves starting to rush toward the weekend and consider themselves heroic to have made it this far, might I suggest we take a different tack on the Wednesday? What if these songs helped us bring a little more hope to (perhaps) the dreariest of weekdays?
So this morning after walking with my wife I realized that I hadn't put this to post immediately at 7:30am. Though I can't foresee the person who's wanting to get into this post before they start the day, I also know that I don't do this for the approval of people but for my own worship of the Lord because HE is WORTHY! And this is a banner day! Not only is it a day that the Lord has made, but God is still God and infinitely good to us. May today's music lead you into an entire day of worship, no matter your circumstances or serious conversations!
I'm setting this to post at 7:30am so that, if you're inclined, you can start your day with some worship. I hope this is an encouragement to worship throughout your day, in the many ways God gives us.
What ways do you find to worship throughout the day? Leave a comment below and join the discussion!
My church, Bay Area Christian, is going through the Believe book, and I am really enjoying it. This past Sunday was about worship, and our small group went over the study guide material on worship. Our focus was on how everything we do should be an act of worship, but it was the focus on songs of worship that arrested my attention.
What would happen if our ship of state was being navigated by fools? Let's say they didn't know much about a government's inner workings, how to lead people of diverse backgrounds and skill sets, or how to navigate the dangers of conflict resolution. Would you call them a fool? What about a captain of an actual ship not understanding the intricacies of maritime navigation who doesn't particularly work well with others? Would you call them a fool? What about those who put them in those positions? Who is a fool?
Today I had to get my car registration done. To do that in the state of Texas, you have to get your car inspected first. The same song and dance... Every year. So that's what I did.
I took my car to Atlas Auto Inspection, was in and out in less than 20 minutes, and asked the gentleman if there was anything to be concerned about. In broken English he said, "Nope. Drive it till it breaks down." I did a double take, wondering where that came from, and he proceeded to explain a trucker's wisdom.
This past week I worked out of Port Arthur, a Lowe’s that’s about an hour and a half from us. We drove up Monday morning, worked long hours, and came back Friday after normal hours. I enjoyed working the long hours and the pay they afford, but also the times with people with whom I don’t usually work. But as a family man, I am not a fan of the time spent so far away from my family for so long. In fact, I was thrilled that the hotel allowed me to have my family stay with me as they wished! Unfortunately, they can’t give away their whole week to be there with me, especially when I’m the odd bird among them that can sleep anywhere! But both weeks I spent in Port Arthur, my wife and kids came to spend a night with me, which was great! When they came up this past week, we went to eat at Twin Peaks, which involved an experience I need to share for the good of any who, like us, are delightfully, obliviously naïve.
I write to remember the lessons I learn as a Man, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Pastor, and Friend. As I come to grips with the blackness within me, I am more appreciative of God's grace-filled grip. We all change in the seasons of life. This is my deep well...