The last few years I have pretty much been faithful with my "quiet time" in the morning, starting my day with devotionals and going deeper with scripture suggested by the devotional but I have not really studied God's love letter to me since my days at Fuller. But before I begin to delve into His Word, verse by verse, Priscilla reminds me that there are a few things I need to do first:
True undistracted worship begins when we concentrate on His glory. God’s glory demands that we come away from whatever we are doing and delight in Him. Psalm 46:10 says, “Cease striving and know that I am God” (NASB). This means I must shut out the distractions of my day – my to-do list, my laundry, and even my worries. I must slow down and take more time to drink in God’s glory. Humble myself to His awesome presence.
I must focus on His priorities. In Exodus 3:5 Moses had to remove his shoes and come no closer to the glory of God because God is so holy. I forget that God chose me to live as His child throughout all eternity. This very fact should so overwhelm me with thanksgiving that I long to worship Him. It is so important, I need to plan and prepare for worship. In my small group we discussed preparing for Sunday morning worship. I know that on Sunday morning I fix my coffee and eat breakfast while I read through the Sunday paper. I hustle off to get dressed, jump in the car and hope I catch the shuttle bus in time for the first notes of praise music. Not once do I stop, take a breath and begin preparing myself for corporate worship. One of my Sisters even suggested we begin preparing for Sunday worship on Saturday night! If I were going to visit the President of the United States, I would certainly begin at least the day before, laying out my clothes and thinking about what I would say, what an awesome privilege it would be to visit the Oval Office. Yet I do not prepare ahead of time to enter the Throne Room of the King of the Universe. I wait until the service calls me to worship to begin offering my praise and thanksgiving; albeit, I give it my all after we begin. But doesn’t my LORD and Creator deserve so much more?
Priscilla says, “How thankful I am to live on this side of the cross!” I can say Amen to that. And then there is that line I love so much – we are not made acceptable to God by who we are buy by Whose we are. I grew up in a tradition that said I had to have an intermediary to speak to God. The Bible claims a different reality – Hebrews 4:16 says, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” The death of Jesus on the cross is the only sacrifice ever needed for us to be acceptable and adequate in His sight. So as a Daughter of the Creator, it is my inherited right to draw close to the Throne and worship the Creator of the Universe, my Father.
My lesson from He Speaks to Me ends with recognizing that God is much more interested in my heart and motivation than in what I actually do. Again, Priscilla hits it on the head when she says, “Appearing to be holy has no kingdom value.” I never want to be accused, either here on earth or before my King, of going through the motions and worshipping or doing His work without passion.
So what action am I going to take away from today’s Bible study?
I will take time to truly worship God, preparing my heart and planning my quiet time without distractions. I will focus on WHO God is and remember that Jesus died so I can be acceptable to God. I will love God so passionately that all I do will be for His glory. Will you join me?
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