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Worship 1: Passionately Pursuing GodBy Evan Nehring
So, my answer to, “What’s my spiritual center?” is Jesus. And if Jesus is my spiritual center, then the seven core values I’ve chosen are:
Worship and devotions really help us get solid in our God-connection. Starting with worship, I want to write several posts on how to make each of these core values your own.
I want to challenge you and spur you on to becoming a worshiper of God. This is at the heart of our relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We passionately pursue the presence of God. We humbly bow in repentance and feel the embrace of his love.
Have you ever felt the presence of God so thickly that you had to bow down to the ground? He is all tenderness and compassion, but not because he has to be! When we feel a sense of the overwhelming power of God, you and I realize our tininess before him…like a blade of grass in a tornado. We humbly bow in his presence. God is awesome.
The Story of GodWhen we worship, we get a sense of the greater story of God and his eternal kingdom.
You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You will not faint
You won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles
(Brenton Brown, available on Chris Tomlin's See the Morning)
This is not dry theology! This is knowing our Creator and understanding how he has defeated the powers of darkness to buy our forgiveness. This is understanding the holiness and majesty of our king. This is time folding over time as sin and forgiveness meet at the cross, and at the throne divine.
We're All TheologiansOne of my most memorable takeaways from Bible college was from Systematic Theology class. I learned that we're all theologians, but some of us do it well and other do it poorly. When it comes to understanding and knowing all I can about my Creator and Redeemer, I want to excel!
The Power of LyricsMusic is an ancient, powerful way to cement our understanding of God. There's this communal understanding and agreement, like pulsating to the same beat at a rock concert. We move beyond understanding to communion, to union. Paul talks in Ephesians about being filled with the Spirit and then "singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heat." (Ephesians 5:16-19)
When I worship God, my heart and my mind both engage in a way that allows the Holy Spirit to overwhelm me with the reality of who he is.
My Core Value of WorshipThe way I spell out this core value of worship for myself is: A lifetime of passionately pursuing God in worship and leading people into his presence.
I worship God in other ways than music. It's really all about his presence. And if I can take some folks there with me, rock on!
So I'm curious, do you see worship as more with your heart or more with your head? How does that work for you? And what's that song that stirs your God-connection more than any other right now?
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