Friday, June 11, 2010

Early Morning Prayer

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

As my alarm wakes me up early in the morning my mind is focused far more on how tired I am then on entering into a time of prayer and worship. However, as I make it to the prayer meeting and begin to worship the Lord, my heart becomes refreshed and my thoughts begin to fade from my own tiredness. I begin to focus in on the goodness of the Lord, his attributes, and love over my life. As I “gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” my heart is warmed and energized, and I leave feeling far better then I would have if I had spent those two hours sleeping.

But I don’t want my worship to stop there. Worship is not just singing; it is not just dancing; it is not just that warm tingly feeling that I sometimes get. Worship is passionate devotion and adoration. It is love and dedication given to the Lord. It is my desire to live a lifestyle of worship. I believe that the Lord is most worshipped when I live my life in a way that glorifies him. When I choose to have joy in hard situations. When I have good attitude rather then getting upset or worried. I believe that we can worship the Lord all day long. Surely, singing praise to him and dancing before him are a large part of adoring him and falling more in love with the Lord, but I long to show that love all day long in every action that I make.

“Have I ever realized that I can bring to God things which are of value to him. . . not divine, colossal things which could be recorded as marvelous, but ordinary simple human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to him? Have I ever produced in the heart of the Lord Jesus what Mary of Bethany produced?”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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