Let me take a moment to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I trust that it will be a wonderful time with family and friends. I have spent a little time these past few days reflecting on worship. As best as I can understand authentic worship normally comes from a thankful heart and a thankful heart comes from reflecting and considering the goodness of our God. I think of Jeremiah who in the midst of all his trials had time to reflect (he was captive) on what he knew about his God and His workings in his life and in the middle of great adversity wrote:
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
Mary, whose brother Lazarus Jesus had raised from the dead, came and anointed Jesus feet with very costly perfume. Her heart was full of thanks and she responded with great worship.
I think one of the things I struggle with is that in the business of life and with a personality that doesn’t dwell on much in the past but is almost always looking at the next challenge, I often don’t take the time to reflect on God or His blessings. That’s not to say I don’t thank Him when answers arrive and provision is found, it’s just that I am quickly on to the next thing and it is soon part of the blur of yesterday. What I don’t tend to do is to sit back and to “count my blessings” as we used to say. Yet every time I do stop and reflect I find my heart lifted in humble adoration of all that my God has done for me. I am then humbled at the greatness of His character and how who He is has impacted my life in every good way.
As pastors we have very busy lives as there is always another duty, responsibility or expectation upon us. But perhaps we can take these days to stop and reflect on God’s goodness, faithfulness, mercy, kindness to us and allow our hearts to be truly thankful. If we do that I think we will find ourselves in the midst of some awesome authentic worship that will honor Him!