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Snapping The Pieces Together

ImageMy mood has been disconnected the past few days.  I haven’t been able to put my finger on it, but I know I don’t like the way I feel.  My mind has been reveling in things I can’t change from the past.  That shouldn’t have a hold of me in the now, but sometimes thoughts creep up and it’s hard to shake it. Our current finances are tight too and that shouldn’t affect my mood so much, but it does. I decide to move away from my thoughts for a moment and sit in my son’s room while he puts together a Lego set.  He’s building and talking about various things.  I watch his fingers quickly snap the pieces together and form the pattern he’s following in the book.  I hand him pieces that are next in line and he says something that speaks to me immediately.  He says . “I’ve got a song stuck in my head that I don’t want there anymore.  Do you know how I can get it out?”  I quickly reply, “Sure, play a new song to cover the other.”  He says, “Yeah, but I don’t want any song there, so I guess I could just go to sleep and it’ll go away.” 

How many times am I like that?  Instead of replacing the song stuck in my head with a better song, I just decide to escape from it.  I should instead let God put a new song in my heart. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”  Psalm 40:1-3

I can’t lay in the pit and go to sleep.  I’m reaching out instead so He can lift me out of the pit and set my feet on a solid foundation.  My selfish foundation is a place where I sink, a place where I feel stuck, a place of dirt and filth.  I’ll open my mouth and sing the new song he has given me. 

 

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The Heart of Worship

When my son was a toddler, I played Christian praise and worship music in my car while we did everyday tasks.  He got used to hearing certain songs and had several that he really enjoyed hearing.  His favorite song was, “Here I am to worship.”  When it played, I glanced at him in my rear view mirror and would watch him sitting in his car seat lifting his hands and singing as hard as he could along with the song.  It always melted my heart, brought tears to my eyes and a smile upon my face.

This morning I was reminded of that time once again.  My son, who is now twelve, was sitting behind me in church.  At  the end of service and the worship leaders were  singing a worship song.  I heard my son sing along with the music and he was singing with the same strength that he did when he was little.  I smiled and teared up.  I only hope that he will continue to sing praises to God. 

It made me think.  What does God think when we worship him so purely?  I would imagine it would bring him the greatest joy and pleasure.  As an earthly parent, it makes me beam with joy to hear him sing.  What does it do for God to hear us sing to Him with such pleasure?  I know it has to make him smile, it’s music to his ears.  It’s what He longs for.  He wants the transparency of his creation to come and enter into worship.  In the bible, it says that David was a man after God’s heart.  Why? Because he sang praise to His father, he cried out with song.  He was transparent with God.  In his music, he would sing what he felt.  He was honest with his Creator. 

My prayer is that I remember that God wants to hear me sing, he wants to see me raise my hands to Him, and we wants me to be transparent. This is a gift fit for the King.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Writing

 

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