How he loves...
By: Joshua Woodlief
Today I was listening to this song. I've heard it before. In fact I've heard it many times in the past month. Today I am convicted. I am a worship pastor who's job is to lead others into worship. Today my eyes were opened to he phrase that I have said many times- "Our worship begins with him loving us and us responding to his love". Today I am convicted because way to often I make worship about the lights and rocking sound when I should be focusing on the fact that we are loved. Eventually the lights and sound just don't seem to satisfy. All of a sudden the things that superficially spark and sustain our worship become insignificant. Something happens in our life that we don't understand and we don't know how to worship because the lights are gone. There isn't a media presentation. There isn't a guy with cool jeans up front singing. Something seems wrong. Where are the lights?
Way to often we focus on all of the crap and the hardship in our lives. It is so easy to actually start to believe that we don't have a reason to worship. We are taught... sorry, I have taught people to worship in the high moments of life. I have taught people to worship with the bright lights. When darkness seems to surround everything in our lives and the high moment is gone, what then? The reality is this; even if everything else was terrible in or lives, his love is where our worship's foundation is laid. When all else falls apart, his love remains. When trials come, his love remains. When everyone else forsakes us, his love remains. May we stop focusing on our temporary struggles and focus on the fact that we are loved. This is where worship begins. Today I am convicted. Tomorrow I want to change.