Tag Archives: Worship

Critic or Worshiper?

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“When we gather as the church, we are not coming as critics.
We are not talent judges from The Voice who get to slam
a ‘worship button’ whenever we like what we’re hearing.
We are not entitled to make the call on whether or not
we feel like worshiping God and building up his church.
His glory does not wait for us to like the music
before he becomes worthy of all our worship.”

Stephen Miller

Joshua 5:10-15

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

Joshua 5:10-15
10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. 11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped[a] and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the Lord‘s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

From this passage I hear God asking me:
What questions do you ask when you worship?
Do you ask about the music, or the sound?
Do you ask about the air conditioning or the heat?
Do you ask about the lighting or the projection?
Do you ask, “What happened to my church?”
Do you ask to have worship your way?
The way that makes you comfortable?
Who said worship was supposed to be comfortable?
When was the last time you “fell on your face to the earth and worshiped” and asked, “What does my Lord say to his servant?” (v. 14)


Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Feelings Are Liars

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-Eugene H. Peterson

Run Harder

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“There’s one thing you can do: Keep. Showing. Up.

Approach the throne of grace every day. Multiple times a day.

Show up in the presence of God. Keep coming closer.

Run harder.

You don’t have to possess the right words. God can handle your silence.

You don’t have to understand. God can handle your confusion.

You don’t have to repress your messy emotions. God wants it all.

The enemy’s goal is for you to withdrawal from His presence.
To believe the lie that He’s forsaken you.

He wants you. He loves you.

He doesn’t just love the perfect you,
or “the-proper-way-to-respond-to-this-situation” you.

Just come.

He wants to weep with you, enjoy you, identify with you,
and be with you.

He has not forgotten you. He has not abandoned you…

When circumstances scream otherwise,
believe the truth, beautiful child of God.

Believe, believe, believe that He is for you.”

David Santistevan

Give It To Jesus

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“…this little boy with five barley loaves and two fish did the one thing that the disciples never in their infinite wisdom thought to do.
In all their strategy and their frustration about their own inability
to affect any sort of change in their situation,
they neglected to do what was implicit to this little boy:
they never once thought to give what they had to Jesus.”

Michael Kelly