The Transforming Power of Personal Worship
I don’t know about you, but some mornings I just find myself in a funk. This morning was certainly one of them. I got up a bit later than normal, helped get things ready for getting out the door to work and school, and just found myself in a pretty foul mood. I had to meet Melanie to pick up Abbie’s school-release form and she quickly noticed (probably from our brief phone conversation moments earlier). She asked, “Are you ok?” To which I quickly responded, “No. I’m in a bad mood” (to which she quickly responded, “I could tell”). There really wasn’t a reason for it. Nothing bad happened. Nobody made me mad.
So, as soon as I got to the office (church office, I am a pastor – yes, pastors have these days too!), I grabbed my Bible and began to read. I happened to read from Genesis 3, of all places, about man’s fall in the Garden of Eden. But then I came across verse 15 where God says to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” There it was, a clear reminder of God’s promise, His faithfulness, His power, His victory. And I worshipped Him. I praised Him for who He is and for what He has done for us in Christ – bringing victory to us through Christ’s death and resurrection.
There was no light from heaven, no audible voice. But, I heard from God – by His Spirit through His Word. He reminded me of who He is, who I am, and whose I am. And my attitude changed. Whatever had caused my sour attitude earlier in the morning vanished like the morning fog burned off in the brilliance and heat of the rising sun. I couldn’t help but think about the words of the old song we sang a couple of weeks ago in corporate worship:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of Earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Are you in a funk today? Worship. Are you facing difficult circumstances? Worship. Are you sensing the joy of the Lord in your life? Worship. At all times, He is worthy of our worship. And, when we look upon Him, anything else (no matter how big it has seemed to you before) pales in comparison.
Look to God in His Word and remember who He is. Praise Him, thank Him, and cry out to Him in prayer. The outflow of such should only be one thing – worship – in our personal lives everyday! And, if we are worshipping Him like that every day in our own lives, can you imagine how vibrant our worship will be when we gather with God’s people on Sunday, declaring together the great worth of our great God, the only one worthy of worship!