Worship and the Wilderness

The wilderness invites worship by reminding us how small we are and how great is the One who made it and everything else. In the wilderness there is the opportunity to move past the noise and distractions and center on our Creator.

There is absolutely nothing more purifying or liberating than losing ourselves in the glory of God. Let’s face it, our problem is most often us—and specifically the fact that we have the tendency to put ourselves at the center rather than God. Worship transforms all of that (except when we “ooh” and “aah” about our worship rather than our God) by reorienting us at the core level.

As a man, Jesus worshiped God. He did this privately and publicly. He worshiped God with His life, individually and in community. He attended the synagogue, went to the annual feasts and participated in small groups. In short, He took it seriously.

Satan also takes it seriously. In probing for possible weaknesses and points of entry, it is not accidental or incidental that he went after worship. Worship is a heart and soul thing. If he can put something there that doesn’t belong (and the list is endless), then he has a foothold into our lives because we become what we worship.

We’re in a curious time now in regard to public worship. Due to technology, we have countless options available—except the one we really want. Whatever you choose to do in this area, we need to remember that while the on-site fellowship aspect of worship has been temporarily paused, the heart and soul dimension is still going strong. Whether we are with a screen full of believers or in a quiet room by ourselves, God is with us and worthy of all honor, glory and praise.  

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

   and his courts with praise;

   give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

   his faithfulness continues though all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)

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