Satisfy your soul : Worship part 3
By Brenda Kuseski
We are continuing to explore Linda Dillow’s thoughts on the art and lifestyle of worship from her book, Satisfy My Thirsty Soul. Earlier topics included “My Thirsty Soul”; “My Worship”; and “My Soul Finds Stillness”; and “I Bow My Life” This week we continue her discussion. (Page numbers are included if you wish to get the book; all the following comments are Dillow;s, except where noted.)
6. I Bow My Words: All creation worships, but only God's special creation, man and woman, can worship with words. Language is a great privilege. (113)
Just as we each have patterns of sinful behavior, we also have a pattern of sin in our words. For some the pattern is sarcasm, for others criticism, for still others negativism. For me it is speaking when I shouldn't. (116)
Very often when I inquire of God, “Should I say this?' His message to me is, 'I will fight for you while you keep silent' (Exodus 14:14)" Because I want emotional relief, I plunge in and speak quickly--and I get in God's way. (117)
7. I Bow My Attitude: Attitude is our mental and emotional response to the circumstances of life. "I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude." (128, quoting Chuck Swindoll)
Jesus equates giving thanks with giving glory to God. To Him, giving thanks is a BIG deal! (133)
Some suggestions for cultivating a thankful attitude:
• Make a “thankful” list.
• Count your blessings
• Put up a reminder sign
• Wrap a gift and keep it by your bed as a reminder
• Ask God for "triggers" to be thankful
8. I Bow My Work: To work is to worship; to worship is to work. "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Colossians 3:17) (147) How do we see our work?
Three key questions: "How do I define success? Do I see my work as significant? Do I see some work as more sacred than other work?" (148)
This week, spend some time sitting before the Lord, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you what He wants you to know about your words, your attitude, and your work..