Friday, April 8, 2011

Un-abandoned Worship in an Old Pickup Truck

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26

What would un-abandoned worship look like to you?  You might picture a scene at church, where people are at the altar with hands lifted high.  Their voices may be ringing out in a beautiful melody as the musical instruments play on stage.
Or could you picture un-abandoned worship like this?  A scruffy guy with his cap on backwards, driving an old beat-up pickup truck?  His voice cracking and completely out of tune, he belts out the words to a song.  While most of us would probably imagine the first scenario, the other may be a more common side of un-abandoned worship. Picture this...
It’s a Sunday afternoon and the entire family is on their way to a couple of stores.  A Christian radio station is on your car radio in the background.  There is a lot of chattering going on inside your vehicle when you stop at a red light and faintly heard a strange sound. Trying not be obvious, you take a peek at vehicle beside you.
Setting next to your car is this very scruffy looking guy, with his baseball cap on backwards driving a beat up old pickup truck and he singing loudly.  You quiet the family and they listen and can’t help but giggle.  This guy is really belting it out.  His window was rolled halfway down and he is singing loud…really loud.
Then you recognize the song he is singing.  It is the same song playing on your radio.  Without a care in the world, he is engaging in un-abandoned worship.  With no one to hear but God, he is singing praises.
Would I be able to do the same?  Just sing out praises to God, not caring what others think?  A scruffy guy in an old pickup truck is a clear picture of what true, un-abandoned worship should look like. 
True worship is recognition of God and giving Him glory for all He does and is in our lives.  The highest form of praise and worship is obedience to Him and His Word. To do this, we must know God; have a close relationship with Him.  Worship is to glorify and exalt God—to show our loyalty and admiration to our Father.  This is a daily continuous act that doesn’t require a chapel or sanctuary.  We can worship Him anytime, anywhere with every breath we take.  In fact, He covets our continuous worship and love.  He wants us to adore Him.  Today is a good day to start reminding yourself throughout the day to worship God in every way and in every situation.  He is ready and waiting to receive your adoration. 
True worship involves true surrender, and that’s what it takes for the Truth to go from being something that you believe about God to becoming something true about your life.
We can experience an intimate and ultimate surrender of our Spirit before the Lord wherever we are.  This is the place ofTrue Worship. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the blessing of a transformed life isn’t reserved for a special person, but for a true worshipper of Jesus Christ? Anyone can qualify; anyone can surrender and enter in.  Why don’t you determine right now, to begin to seek a more regular and intimately honest life of worship with the Lord? Discover the secret place of the Most High.
Scripture to Claim:Bring an offering, and come before Him; worship the LORD in holy array. Tremble before Him, all the earth; indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." Let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD; for He is coming to judge the earth. O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His loving-kindness is everlasting.  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him; worship the LORD in holy array.   1 Chronicles 16:28-34

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