Us and Him

20140513-162635.jpg Our passionate pursuit of God decides the atmosphere of our worship of Him.

One of my mentors said this in his book:

"There is a subtle but significant difference between enjoying the worship of God and merely enjoying the act of worship." -Rick Muchow, The Worship Answer Book

Actors are great- I enjoy watching them take on the characteristics of someone and something they are not and portray their character with natural and convincing confidence. The problem is... they aren't real. They're total fakes. Nothing about them is true or can be counted upon outside of their ability to artful in their acting ability (this is one reason I decided not to go into acting).

Worship is the way we show our devotion to God or to something other than God. The purpose of worship is not for our enjoyment, but His. If it is meant for our enjoyment it ceases to be worship and becomes entertainment.

Seeking a greater understanding of what it means and what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ (i.e., submitting/confessing to God, expressing my gratitude and praising Him (in that order)) draws me closer to Him.

When our proximity to God is short, our worship has greater meaning, greater passion because our understanding of God is clearer, nearer, and super-heated. Therefore, our passionate pursuit of God decides the atmosphere of our worship of Him.

Enjoying the worship of God is a side-effect of our sincere pursuit of Him. Luke 10:21 says, "At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth."' The sincere worship of God goes hand in hand with Joy.