“…worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
On your way to the mountain top you will need to stop at the springs of water to refresh and quench your thirst.
The spiritual springs of water are found in places of worship and in special worship services.
The rhythm I speak of is attending a worship service on the Lords Holy Sabbath.
I find these worship experiences to be a spring of living water flowing freely to quench my thirsty soul.
My soul is like a water container with leaks. Each Sunday I go to my local church and feel that container with waters pure and clear. As I go throughout the week that water slowly seeps out and I find myself on Saturday night in joyful anticipation of the filling of the container that is about to happen again on Sunday.
As in a hike to the mountain top, I would be silly to not stop consistently to drink from a spring and refill my water container for continued journey ahead.
One of my favorite things to do as I sit and participate in my worship service is to do just that, worship!
I focus, I sing, I praise, I learn, I feel, I write, I ponder, I repent, I plead, I love, I see, I hope.
My greatest desire is to allow myself a personal encounter with the divine. I see myself at the feet of the Savior and I have learned every Sunday to never miss that experience.
For the past several years I have followed a practice that has completely changed my worship experience and I share it as a gift and a challenge to you.
I have a personal interview with the Lord, quietly and in my heart. I ask these questions as I sit in my church worship service every Sunday. I ask him the same three questions every week, quietly taking time to reflect and ponder after each question. They are as follows:
- Lord, will you please show me what I have done this week that has offended you that I need to repent of?
- Lord, will you please show me what I have done this week that has pleased you and brought you great joy?
- Lord, who would you have me serve this upcoming week and how?
The Lord answers those questions every week. In my mind I see the answers to those questions. I have learned to plead for forgiveness and make changes as needed. I have learned to rejoice with the Lord in the things I have done that make him smile. I have learned to quickly act on any direction given in reaching out to bless and serve another.
This is how I worship, this is going to the spring of water, and this is a rhythm of faith that is so needed every Sabbath.
My invitation this month is simple.
Go to your local church congregation and worship this upcoming Sabbath. Let your soul worship. Consider asking the Lord the questions I shared and listen for and see the responses he gives you. Go feel your water container for the week’s journey ahead.