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Moments of Worship
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I remember once reading an author who gave young women suggestions for cultivating a close walk with the Lord. She mentioned daily Bible study, reading Christian literature, journaling, and other standard disciplines that weren’t new to me. But one suggestion stood out in my mind: the idea of setting aside time for “moments of worship.”

The picture this author created stuck with me. She described herself (as a teen) specifically setting aside an hour to worship her Lord, alone. She would dim the lights in her room, light candles, and sit cross-legged in the middle of her floor as she played music of worship. It was nothing formal, just a time to glorify God and let His presence draw near to her. She prayed, sang, lifted her hands to God, and reflected. It was simple, but deeply meaningful.

This brought a Scripture to my mind: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. I’d heard the Scripture before, but this picture of worship brought a new meaning to my mind. It enacted the point – to be still and recognize that God is God. Unlike our devotional time every day, this worship activity can be something special for once in awhile. It’s not a time for bringing our own requests and problems to God (although there certainly is a time for that), but this time with God is experienced by standing back and recognizing His awesome power and goodness…and feeling Him draw near.

A Heart Full of Praise

Now, I must admit I haven’t lit candles in my room and lifted my hands in worship (although I might!), but each of us is different. For my moments of worship, I sometimes go to my room and play on my piano and sing songs of worship to God. Songs like this one, centered on our Lord and His gifts to us:

Alas and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a one as I?
Was it for sins that I had done
He groaned upon that tree
Amazing pity, grace unknown
And love beyond degree
My God, why would You shed Your blood
So pure and undefiled
To make a sinful one like me
Your chosen precious child*

Whether singing in a candlelit room, playing an instrument, or taking a walk in nature, these moments can be times of deep inspiration. They can help us step back and view the incredible immenseness and power of the God we serve and then contemplate the fact that He did shed His blood to make sinful ones like us, His precious children. In view of this great gift, seeing both God’s great power and personal relationship with each of us, our fears, worries, and stress can melt away. The Creator of this universe has power is “above and beyond anything we could ever ask or imagine” and He can solve any problem that may come our way!

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By Danae Schilt. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

* “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed”, from the album Songs for the Cross-Centered Life, and available from Sovereign Grace Ministries at http://www.sovereigngracemin.org

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