Today is a beautiful day here in Union City,Tn. The storms are gone and the sun is here. Wherever you are, I hope that you have thanked God for this day. I hope that you will stop and think about how great God is, and how much He has done for you. Must I remind you that Worship is all about God!!! This is day three in our study on worship. Yesterday we learned that “Worship happens in a community”
Today, point 2 is that:
2. Worship happens in the Context of life.
“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalm 40:2
“For troubles surround me–too many to count they pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They are more numerous than the hairs on my head. I have lost all my courage.“ vs. 12
The times of corporate worship that we discussed yesterday are crucial in our spiritual lives, However; worship does not just take place in large assemblies. In order for us to have meaningful worship it must also happen in the context of our everyday lives. Meaning “as we go” were are to worship. The Great commission says “GO” make disciples, but what the actual meaning of the word implies is “as you go” make disciples, or “as you are going”. It’s the same with worship. So as we go through life we are to make disciples, that is worship. In verse 2, David is talking about how God lifted him out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. Have you ever been in the pit, have you ever experienced despair? The truth is that we all have. If you say that you haven’t then you are lying.
I remember when we were little guys (yes I was little once), my brothers and I, we loved to play outside. We spent many days in the woods and in the creeks surrounding our neighborhoods. I remember one day in particular when we were playing out on the adjoining woods and mud when we came across a motorcycle stuck in the mud. It was me, my brothers (Seth and Jared) and our older neighbor Jay Gordee. The four of us all received and epiphany that day that if we could get the bike out of the mud then it was ours, finders keepers- right. So we all proceeded to get a little muddy and claim our prize. I remember not being able to walk in the mud. Our shoes kept getting stuck, and as we got deeper and deeper in the mud our feet and legs were getting stuck. So we did the only thing that little boys know to do, we took off our shoes. Anything to claim our prize, right? We ended up getting the bike out of the mud and after a few days returned it back to the owner. Point being, if we had not taken our shoes off we could have really gotten stuck in the mud, and would have needed someone to help lift us out.
That’s what God does to us when we are stuck in sin or despair or depression or heartache. You name it, what ever it is He gets us out. If we cry out to Him, if we trust in Him. You see, God wants us to worship Him at all times in our lives. In the good times and in the bad. You see, what happens when we choose to worship God is that our focus moves from ourselves and our troubles, to God. Our lives become ALL ABOUT HIM, is that now what worship is? This worship in-turn gives us a proper prospective on our problems. We can begin to see them from God’s eyes, and His point of view. I’m reminded of a song that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light if His glory and grace.” The harder you focus on an object, and the closer it gets the more things around you become blurry and dim. Try it!!! That explains life, when we are completely focused on Jesus, when we worship Him, all our problems seem to fade, in light of His glory and grace.
David, in verse 12, said that he was surrounded by troubles, too many to count. He lost courage. Have you lost courage today? Are you worshipping God in the midst of everything in life? In the context of life, are you living a lifestyle of worship?
I pray that God prepares you for worship tomorrow.
God Bless, Micah
I’ll post again on Monday.