Satisfy Your Soul: Worship part 1

by Brenda Kuseski

In Satisfy My Thirsty Soul, Linda Dillow shares her lifelong discovery that our longings for both intimacy and obedience can be met through the art and lifestyle of worship.  For the next few weeks, the Prayer-Grams will recount her journey into deeper worship. (Page numbers are included if you wish to get the book; all the following quotations are Dillow;s, except where noted.)

1.  My Thirsty Soul:  My desire to serve God was good, but my priorities were out of order.  God's Word clearly says that the first and most important thing is this: to love God with all our being (see Matthew 22:37-38).  This is the first and greatest commandment.  The second commandment is loving others, which includes ministry or works of service (see Matthew 22:39).  I had reversed these two commandments. (18)

It's so important to be able to say, “I am not primarily a worker for God; I am first and foremost a lover of God.  This is who I am.”  All of us need to be lovers who work rather than workers who love.  When our priorities become turned around, and we place more emphasis on loving others than on loving God, we are headed for spiritual and physical exhaustion. (19)

C. S. Lewis couldn't understand why God wanted to be the center of affection and attention.  But then Lewis understood that in the process of being worshipped… God communicates His presence to men. (25)  Worship is the path to experiencing the presence of God, the way to face-to-face intimacy. (27)

Worship is not just a specific act.  It is also a lifestyle…of bowing my life and living in “holy, holy, holy.”  Worship begins in holy expectancy and ends in holy obedience. (27) Worship is the lifestyle of a grateful heart. (28)

2.  My Worship:   I think of worship as my-spirit-to-His-Spirit communication.  "Isaiah saw God high and lifted up,” and Isaiah was undone.  Looking upward, he encountered the holiness of the Almighty, and this trembling prophet fell to his knees.  Whenever we see the holiness of God, we are forced to look at our lack of holiness. Looking inward, Isaiah was overcome by his own sinfulness. Graciously, God cleansed Isaiah's heart, and then he was able to look outward and respond to God's call to “go.” (37)              

Victor Hugo’s godly bishop in Les Miserables, "He did not study God: he was dazzled by Him."  (41)          

“In prayer we are occupied with our needs, in thanksgiving we are occupied with our blessings, but in worship we are totally occupied with God Himself." (45, quoting A. P. Gibb)  

 

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