to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Did you ever have a time in your life when it seemed like everyone around you was suffering?  Like so many people were just hurting and there was nothing you could do about it?  Pain, that you watch the people you love both family and friends experience physically, emotionally, and mentally can be overwhelming.  You just sit there helpless, waiting to see what God will do while secretly praying that this pain doesn't shape their vision of Him in a negative way.  Well there is something that you can do, worship.  Some of you are like, what the heck is she talking about.  Those of you that know the term are probably thinking that's the opposite of what makes sense, right?

The word worship means to revere, to show respect.  Having the word "to" in front of it, shows that it is a verb or an action.  I have always thought of worship as singing along to music.  Singing worship songs or hymns is a great way to revere God, however, I am learning something completely different, something that means so much more.

If worship is how we show respect, then we must do that in all of life, not just for 20 minutes before we hear a message in church.  It's the way we speak, how we love, how we forgive.  It's the way we serve, how we work, and yes, the way we give.  It's the thoughts we have, especially the ones that no one knows about.  Worship is how we live our lives.  Worship is the litmus of our faith.

Recently, I have watched many people deal with some heavy things, both in my family and out.  I have been praying because I truly believe that it makes a difference.  I believe that God's will, will be done, but I also believe God hears our prayers.  In Exodus 32 there is a story of Moses and Aaron.  Aaron falls short and sins greatly, however, by the prayers of Moses, Aaron's life is spared.  So I would say that prayer can do amazing things.  The bible speaks of prayer hundreds of times.  Prayer is a very important part of worship.

I shared with you that I learned a lesson, and the classroom I speak of is my church.    You see there is a man, a friend, that attends and has been for a while now who has a beyond broken foot.  He has gone through surgeries, wheelchairs, casts and canes.  Every week during worship, I see him with his hands raised high.  Sometimes, he cannot even stand, so he will just hit his knees and raise his hands.  Though part of his body is broken, he still gives all he has to God, pain and all.

This weekend was bittersweet in that there was some pain that some close friends went through, and this week is shaping up to be no different.  I find myself hurting for them and with each one of them specifically.  1 Corinthians 12 tells us that we are one body of believers.  Verse 26 says "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."  So this got me thinking, as I have watched this friend with the broken foot attend church week after week.  As I see him stand to worship but sometimes, for pain or lack of strength, fall to his knees with hands lifted high, praising God, aren't we to be doing the same thing?

When part of our family is broken, what do we do?  We should take this example and hit our knees in prayer while raising our hands to praise Him.   Pray for that miracle, for healing, for hearts to be renewed, don't stop, pray.  The bible says that God is Sovereign, so that means no matter what happens, He has allowed it and He can stop it or change it at any time.  Praising Him just makes sense.  Will you join me as we worship Him in prayer?

"Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You for all that You do.  We praise You for all that You don't do, because God You have something for us in that too.  It's so hard to watch people suffer God.  It's hard to watch them hurting, but we know You are Sovereign.  We thank You that we don't have to be strong, that You are strong enough for both of us, as the song says.  We need Your strength, even if it's to be able to feel for another.  We love You Lord and we know You love us.  Your eyes never leave us.  Thank You Father.  It's in Your Son's name that I pray, who is no stranger to suffering.  Amen"