I was reading my Bible devotion reading and came across the following which I thought would encourage and challenge us:
_William Temple, like his father before him, was the English Archbishop of Canterbury (1942–1944). Among his many remarkable achievements, he wrote a superb commentary on the Gospel of John. He wrote the entire commentary, entitled Readings in St John’s Gospel, while praying on his knees before God.
About worship, he wrote: ‘Worship is a submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose – and all this gathered up in adoration.’
Worship saves us from being self-centred and makes us God-centred. You were created to live in a relationship with God. That should be your number one priority. If you put God first in your life all kinds of blessings follow. Because God loves you he warns you of the dangers of disregarding the design for your life._
I notice how this doesn’t talk about music. Worship is a whole life dedicated to the Lord.
Maybe in the next day you can spend some time in reflection on the following questions:
- Where is my life God-centred (and give thanks) and where is my life self-centred (and repent and receive His forgiveness and grace)
- Find a passage in the Bible that blesses you and spend time meditating on it, feeding yourself in the truth.
- Spend at least 5 minutes in adoration of God, thinking through what He is like, and what He has done for you, allowing the beauty of who He is to purify your thoughts.