This evening, we arrived at our hotel in Jerusalem. We had a good flight here. Thank you for your prayers already. Upon arriving, I heard from several more folks who are beginning their own 30/30 worship challenge. Read this blog to see where it all started.
George wrote and said, “I have let Bible study, Hebrew study, and all manner of sermons, ‘worship’, and Christian involvement cloud the one ‘prime directive’. In a real sense, I’ve allowed ‘Christianity’ to come first in my life – an idol. The trappings about God have, in a real sense, clouded and hidden God Himself. I have worshiped an image of Him, and not the Creator our Savior Himself. Somewhere along the way I lost true worship. Thanks to your article I’ve begun to re-discover it.”
If you think about it, for many of us this is true, at least in part.
We have a form of godliness without the power. We have the words of our Savior upon our lips, but not living in our hearts. It is enough for us to sing songs about Him, but not to Him. It is enough for us to “say a prayer” and never hear His response. It is enough for us to tell Him our woes, our wants and our wishes, without ever investing the time to discover what matters to Him.
It is in worship of Him, that we are stripped of pretense. We are stripped of the façade and facsimile of religion and discover just how much reality we walk in, just how much we really know Him, just how much we are really comfortable being one on One with Him.
Truth be told, for most of us, it is downright uncomfortable.
We run out of words. Run out of song lyrics, run out of intimacy, before we’ve hardly begun. But that is the point, where we should press in. Don’t you truly want a vibrant relationship with the Creator of the universe who holds your very breath in His hand? It’s actually very good to come to terms with how little you know Him.
Tonight, after arriving in our hotel, having an evening meal and befriending some folks from Indiana, Judy and I came into the room, drew back the curtains and looked at the old city of Jerusalem. We began singing to the Lord. As I bowed low to the floor to worship the Almighty, I realized there’s a day coming where Zechariah prophesies that “whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain.” Wow! That day is coming! It was wonderful for Judy and I to be joining in that now.
When I started my own 30/30 worship challenge last week…
I had no idea that in only a matter of days, I would be in Jerusalem worshiping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth! Things have begun to change for me and there is much to come.
The 30-minute time allotment at first seemed like a very long time. Now, increasingly, the time is gone before I know it. I am getting to know the Lord as Sovereign God who is worthy of our worship and full devotion. In some respects, my times of worship are like getting saved all over again.
Tomorrow we head to the Wailing Wall to intercede for this nation. Not just prayer, but intercession. Even more, I hope we will be able to worship there and sense God’s presence moving upon His people. It is their national election and there is so very much at stake. We intend to “give Him no rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth.” (Isaiah 62). Please join Judy and I in prayer tomorrow and please keep sharing how God is changing you through your own 30/30 worship challenge.
Until next time, be fruitful and multiply!