This week has been a challenge, to say the least, when your three-year-old is being held hostage by a yucky cold and a fever, there isn’t much else to do other than to give him all the cuddles my arms can offer. Everything else must wait, everything else can wait…that little boy can’t.
There is something God teaches me in the days when my family is sick, when I am usually filled with panic over who is going to be sick next, God gently nudges me that it’s all in His hands. My usual response is stress, but in this season of my life, I see His grace at every turn. It’s there each moment if we choose to focus our eyes on Him rather than our circumstances.
Obedient worship comes when we recognize His grace in our circumstance and praise Him simply for who He is.
In Matthew 21:1-11, we see Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, and if we close our eyes we can almost hear the cries of the people as they shouted “Hosanna!” Their worship was genuine despite what was coming.
The Israelites were desperate for rescue, people who had a long history of disobeying God were looking for the Messiah, the one who would save them. But in their eyes, the Messiah would be a king, not a man put to death upon a cross. But, just for a moment on that Palm Sunday we see them praising and worshipping Him, simply for who He is.
We have long clouded the definition of worship with our own thoughts rather than Gods truth. Obedient worship and praise for God despite our circumstance doesn’t always come with a downbeat or a great melody. True worship can sometimes find us on our knees in a quiet bedroom praying, weeping and pouring out praise for the goodness of our mighty Father.
Webster’s Dictionary defines worship as, showing respect and love for God, excessive admiration. My sweet friend, look around you – take into account every abundant blessing, every ounce of grace that the Father has dripped from Heaven just for you. Know that your circumstances are not the end, but God calls us to obedient worship.
There are moments in our lives when it is difficult to worship, our emotions don’t fit into the box of praise. Our trials have caused so much grief that praise doesn’t seem possible. If we get our eyes off our hurt friend, even if just for a moment, we can get on our knees, offer up our every hurt and then we can praise Him simply because He is God, a righteous and faithful Father, the one who loves us, calls us, and redeems us.
We may get up off our knees to a trial that remains but our focus will be different, our eyes will be fixed to His grace rather than our pain, and that my friend will make all the difference.