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July 21st Thursday

Greetings in the name of the One who changes everything, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! Another lovely, warm morning in the Kingdom…many thanks to God! This morning I will be praying for you, asking Father to ‘settle-down’ beside you in a quiet moment and let the joy-peace-hope of heaven fill you! Be receptive!

My wife and I are 21 days into a new 62 day cycle of devotions from “Every Day With Jesus” and are being introduced to the Book of Amos – and it is interesting and challenging. Today the scripture reference is Amos 4:4-5 and the title of the reading asks the question: “Why do we worship?”. I won’t go into all the details but I will share tow probing questions that are asked: [1] “is it possible that we can become infatuated with the practice of praise and worship because it makes us feel good?” [2] “do we worship because we love God or because we just love to worship?” With the questions comes an observation: “Worship has a habit of exposing what is truly in our hearts.” – Every Day With Jesus, Selwyn Hughes.

As I reflect on the questions and statement,there is a desire to make a quick response but I recall a declarations I have heard, and probably even uttered: “Well, I did not get much out of the worship today.” – “That was really dead worship…no excitement.” – “The songs were too slow – too fast … the sermon too long – too short … the audio too loud – too quiet… the sharing was too personal and repetitive – where was the sharing ….” – what have you heard or said?

I cannot remember when the last time was that I asked God if the worship … my worship pleased Him? Did He feel the love that was being given? Did what He see in my heart bring Him joy? I must confess that there are times when my worship is more about re-orientating me than expressing my love to Him. I must also confess that the times when I very purposefully focused on loving Him in spite of what was going on in and around me were extremely powerful…and I was blessed. One more time, I suppose, when the truth behind: Be still and know…or, seek first the Kingdom…or, delight yourself in the Lord…or, this one thing I do – becomes so real and vital. I wonder if this is the insight that St. Ausgustine meant when he said, “My heart is restless until it rests in Thee.”

Just some thoughts to ponder – be blessed!