Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ready for Worship

It's dawn on Sunday morning and I'm excited to go to church. There's nothing extra special going on, except maybe my sister and Lyka's song number (Chip's first since she got sick back in 2007 - she was very active in the music ministry before that), but I'm just really in the right frame of mind for worship now. It was a simple lesson that took me years and years to learn. It's not that I'm a slow learner; it was just that my mind was not open to this particular lesson. "God loves obedience more than sacrifice," "Be conscious of what you put in/feed yourself"... are just a couple of lines (not verbatim - I told you about the epidural) from somebody's interview that stood out to me. My journey to spiritual maturity has been arduously and frustratingly slow and pocked with numerous standstills and setbacks. I'm still not mature, but I think I'm finally progressing. Of course, all the learning had to be preceded by a humongous amount of discontent... Anyway, the point is that I have renewed vigor for worship and service to the Lord. It's like a mini, personalized revival, lol.
Before I start prepping for church, I leave you with this wonderful song by Reuben Morgan (Again. With Matt Crocker this time. What can I do? The man can write! FYI, his was also the interview I was talking about.). So, basically, if I would consistently adopt the attitude of this song, I'd always have things in proper perspective. As my dad always says (which, in turn, I never heed - well, used to), "Set your eyes on the eternal."

On the day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace

All my fear is swept away

In the light of Your embrace
Where Your love is all I need
and forever I am free

Where the streets are made of gold

In Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

No weeping

No hurt or pain
No suffering
You hold me now, You hold me now
No darkness
No sick or lame
No hiding
You hold me now, You hold me now

In this life I would stand

through my joy and my pain
Knowing there's a greater day
There's a hope that never fades

Where Your name is lifted high

and forever praises rise
For the glory of Your name
I'm believing for the day

Where the wars and violence cease

All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

For eternity

All my heart will give
All the glory to Your Name

 Oh and totally not related... My article "The Thrill in Reading Pre-loved Books" is on the front page of Fortitude. Please check it out. :)


The Kano said...

"God loves obedience more than sacrifice." How true. I really have to work on that.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Ivy- I love hearing about you spiritual journey. It all seemed more intense when I was your age. Happy Sunday!

spinninglovelydays said...

@Dave: It has always been a struggle with me. I like doing things my way too much.:)

@Sharkbytes: A huge driving force is my desire to be a good testimony to Marguerite. With that, I just really need God's help. :)