Meditations of Worship
We are invited to worship God. Not because He needs our attention, but because in our surrender to Him, we are freed from indentured servitude to our own flawed desires and perceptions and we are empowered to become the creatures He created us to be. We were created to know Him. We were created for Intimacy.
Whereas "praise" is simply a physical act, "worship" is the response of our spirits. It is a monumental gesture of intimacy. Worship does not produce intimacy; it can only deepen it. That connection, in turn, catalyzes our worship. And worship born of this fosters deeper and deeper intimacy.
So as we begin to worship, we must first accept God's invitation to intimacy. We need simply to acknowledge God. We must recognize Him as He is revealed in scripture, the world around us, and through the voice of the Holy Spirit. And we must surrender ourselves to Him. In this we are transformed by His love and guided in our words and actions.
As you read through these scriptures, take your time. Allow the Father to give you fresh insight and deeper understanding of the passages. And, most importantly, don't rush the meditations. Repeat them in silence as you give the Father your full attention. He will, in response, make it clear that you have His.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOD
with the acknowledgement
He is God
and you are not.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
- Isa 55:8-9
“Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.”
- Deut. 4:39
“For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”
- 1 Cor. 4:7
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
- Jas. 1:7
Father, You and You alone are God. Your ways are not my ways. Your thoughts are higher than mine. Everything of worth comes from You. You and You alone are God.
is the God of
this world in which
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
- Jn. 1:1-3
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
- Col. 1:16-17
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
- Job 12:7-10
Go outside and pick up a newly fallen leaf. Try to identify which tree it dropped from, notice it's structure, take in the different colors, and imagine the life-cycle of the leaf this year. Now hold the leaf as you engage with the meditation.
God of creation, you have made all things. You have forged each mountain and filled every ocean. The life of every living creature is in Your hand.
HIS WISDOM AND POWER
Though it is difficult to envision
that which is beyond
God is not
defined only by His creation.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”
- Rom. 11:33
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”
- Ps. 147:5
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.”
- Isa. 40:28
“Jesus said to them, ’Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’”
- Jn. 8:58
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!”
- Ps. 139:7-8
Take any object- a stapler, a Lacroix can, a book, or whatever and put it in front of you. Now get eye-level with the object. What do you notice? Now raise your self above the object and look down on top of it- what other things do you see from this perspective? Can you admit that from your first position your ability to perceive the object is limited? Now take time to engage with the meditation.
God of wisdom, there is nothing You do not see. There is nothing You do not know. God of power, there is nothing You cannot do.
has kindled more stars
could ever count
and He stands
beyond the limits
of time itself.
we find ourselves
the recipients of
and His love.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- Rom. 5:8
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”
- Ps. 103:8-13
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Rom. 8:38
Look around for a grain of salt, sand, dirt, or a discarded tab from a paper hole punch. Place it in your hand as you close and open your hand over the object. How much does your hand cover the object? Now take time to engage with the meditation today.
Your love is too great for me to ever understand. Your love is too great for me to ever deserve. Your love is too great for me to ever escape.
THE VOICE OF GOD
who created us,
who knows us
and still loves us,
who is speaking
and through us.
But he answered, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"
- Mt. 4:4
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
- Jn. 16:13
“For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
- Jn. 12:49-50
Imagine putting a seashell to your ear. What do you hear? Does the sound reflect the object? Do the sounds that are heard inside of it you surprise you? Can a static object reveal the sound of a mighty ocean inside? Now take time to engage with the meditation today.
Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, soften my heart and open my ears. Your voice is truth itself.
THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF HIS PEOPLE
the Father speaks
through His spirit,
we must be
willing to hear.
And we must be
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
- Jn 10:27
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
- Rom. 12:1-2
“ As it is said, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
- Heb. 3:15
Go away to a quiet spot. Draw a bath and submerge your ears under the water. If you are at work, go out of your office and sit in your car. Set your alarm on your phone for 10 minutes and silence your ringer. Now sit in silence. The alarm is set so you do not need to look at your phone. Now take time to engage with the meditation today.
When we have heard
the voice of God,
and we know Him to be
and unflinchingly faithful
what choice do we have
but to do as He asks?
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
- Mic 6:8
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
- Jas 1:27
“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
- Mt. 22:34-40
Take a moment, get low. Get on your knees and put your palms up. Humble yourself but not defensively. Be open to receive. The Lord is gently and not harsh. Rest. Be present. Be. Now take time to engage with the meditation today.