Daily Pointers for Connecting with God
Worship and Give Thanks
The daily messages of alarm from the world’s governments about the immenseness of the COVID-19 pandemic are growing. I read a common theme between the lines: helplessness, mixed with fear. No one is saying: we’ve got this thing beat.
And so we see the fragility of mankind trying to operate without God on display. I don’t know about you, but in me that magnifies the sense of how great God is. The words from Isaiah 45; 6b,7 come to mind: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord who does all these things.” The purpose of calamity is to expose our weakness and remind us that we are created beings, not gods. And we were created to depend on God. To walk in reverent awe of His greatness while being deeply grateful for His loving kindness and grace toward us.
So as we, His people, slow down, simplify, come, are still, listen, pray and bless, we do so with an underlying attitude of worship and thanksgiving. Worship – because we see His might at work.
Thanksgiving – because we may have confident trust that whilst He is busy shaking the world with pestilences and such, He still loves us, hears us, meets our needs, works in us. And when I say us, I mean the “people of His own possession” (1 Peter 1:9). Millions of people around the globe that have been saved and are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit.
At the same time.
I have no words for the awesome greatness and glory of our God. Fear and warm fuzzies at the same time. Fear because my great Father is taking the world to the woodshed. Warm fuzzies because daily He whispers my name and reassures me of His love and the orchestration of my life in the midst of this chaos.
So worship! Give voice to your reverent delight in His glory. Give thanks for His great mercies toward us who believe. All day. Every day.
Here is the promise to a grateful heart:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving (here it is!) let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”