As I hop out of my car and begin my morning walk, the mountains appear bigger, the grass greener, and the sky bluer. I enjoy the smallest of things; even the little lizards that seem to line up to greet me as I head up the hill. I’m in awe of the big things: the mountains that in winter are white capped and during the other seasons of the year vary from the splendor of the color brown or green. I’ve often wondered why the sights seem to come alive as I walk. This morning l heard the answer while listening to a radio study of the Book of Psalms. The quote “Worship makes God big” started my day, and now I pondered this statement on my walk around the path.
My daily morning walk is my time of sweet fellowship with the Savior. Before I seek His hand to help me, I focus on seeking His face and spend time in praise and express my love to Him. Today I realized why the sights and smells come alive on my walk. It is my time to worship the Lord and yes, worship makes God big, for it is in exalting the King of kings that I realize His greatness. It is in praise that I see how awesome His creation is and how small my concerns seem as I give them to Him. What a powerful, yet personal God I serve! A God who does not limit my worship of Him to church on Sundays, but who receives my worship wherever I am, even on a dirt trail. Yes, worship makes God big, for it is in the spirit of magnifying Him that I get the true glimpse of just how big He is.
As we come together each Sunday morning as a church family at Trinity Church we are blessed to be led by our Pastor of Worship, Bill Born. He leads us with humility and with a tender heart for the Savior we love. He authentically shares what he is experiencing in his own personal life and shows love and compassion to the Body when we are hurting. I am in awe how many times Bill chooses the same song on Sunday morning the Lord has been using in my life during the week. My heart leapt last December when he chose the same song one Sunday morning that had been my focus all season as I worshiped the Christ Child. Yes, worship that December morning reminded me of just how big our God is.
Yet, hearing a special song is not what should affect my time of praise on Sunday morning. In his series on Heaven, Pastor Dave Jenkins taught on worship from Revelation 19, showing that the focus is on God, not us. We are to worship in spirit and truth, and when we do we walk out of church as a changed individual. So this Christmas season, even if our favorite song is not chosen on any given Sunday morning, let us worship the Christ Child in spirit and truth, with hearts fully devoted to Him. As a body of believers at Trinity Church this Christmas, “O come, all ye faithful, joyful ad triumphant, 0 come ye, 0 come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold Him, born the King of angels. 0, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” Let us worship Him in a like manner as those surrounding Him on the very first Christmas … “Suddenly, a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 1:13,14)
May His favor and His love rest upon you this Christmas season as we celebrate and worship the King of kings and Lord of lords. In our worship we will see just how big our God is, Immanuel, God with us. We have much to ponder in our hearts as we give praise for Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and as we look forward in hope to His Second Coming. Merry Christmas!
By Linda Arnett