Lately, I have had three dreams about worship, which is relatively unusual for me. Not that I don’t have dreams normally, but that I have dreams about worship, and then, three in a short time.
In each of the dreams it seemed like the people in it had an opportunity to worship, but rather than take it, they chose not to engage in it. In one dream people were leaving at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon from a two-day retreat rather than staying for the final worship session that ended at 4pm. Leaving early allowed them to get done certain things they needed to get done.
It’s been harder to worship lately. Maybe it’s because the places we used to frequent to worship are not an option right now due to COVID-19. Maybe life has been more stressful and it’s harder to focus on worship. Maybe you’ve been juggling various responsibilities that it does seem a better use of time to get some things done than to worship.
Today is a good day to worship. Turn on some worship music and focus on Jesus!
If you are able, join others in worship. Find opportunities to engage in praising the Lord.
The focus needs to be on the Lord instead of all the distractions around us. This is always true, but maybe it bears reiterating during this tumultuous and uncertain season.
Worship the Lord! As you worship the Lord, other things that seem so prominent right now will fade into oblivion, even if only for a few minutes. It’s not an escape. It’s what we do.
Some of us are having a hard time staying on track. Social media is a major distractor. Turn it off for a while. Opinion is not fact and other people’s opinions do not matter as much as you let them.
In a time of transition and difficulty, it is best to take some time away from all the chaos.
God is calling us to draw near to Him and as we do, He promises to draw near to us.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.James 4:8
Let us humble ourselves before the Lord. Regardless of prophetic words, promises, expectations, timing, or whatever else may not have have come to fruition in this season, let us always have humility. Humility is a posture before the Lord. Humility is a posture that says, “I don’t know it all but I know the One who does.”
We worship the one who sits in the heavens and laughs. (Psalm 2:6) I have learned in life that some things we can get so upset about are not worth it. I don’t say that lightly or about everything. However, there are things we look back on later in life and learn to laugh about, especially when we see God’s larger plan in retrospect.
If something isn’t working out for you now or is distracting you, refocus on worshiping Him. It is in worship that we meet Him and He encounters us.
Worship him not for what you want Him to do for you but worship Him for who He is. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. Lord of the universe.
By Ralph Veenstra