“Oh, worship the Lord”
1 Chronicles 16:29
So…. what were we talking about? Oh right: church.
We started going to a new church this year. We were at our last church for seven years and it was wonderful. But the leadership changed and we had a new Pastor, and we just didn’t feel in sync with him somehow. Nothing wrong, really, we just felt it was time to move on, so we did.
We are enjoying our new church. The kids had friends in the Youth Group right from the beginning, so they were comfortable immediately. They like the worship, they like the teachings… all good stuff.
And my sweetie and I are pleased with the teaching we are getting from our new pastor. He is going through what he calls “Great Stories of the Bible,” this year, highlighting the “high points” of the Bible, that many of us already know, but giving details that people might not be aware of, and pointing out cross-references, etc. It has been interesting and educational.
But I’ll tell you what I’m just loving about this church, is the worship. It is amazing. The lead singer has such a unique voice, it is just a pleasure to listen to. A few weeks ago I went on iTunes to purchase a song I’d heard at church, and I was disappointed to hear it done by the band who made it popular! It’s not as good as the version at church! Can you believe?
I love singing worship songs. But sometimes at church, I have the urge to stop singing and listen to the worship band. Or maybe I’ll start to focus on the sound of my husband’s voice for awhile. I love his voice, and I love to hear him worshiping the Lord He loves so much. But of course, if I’m listening to him, or the worship team, I’m not really worshiping. Either I’m focused on the Lord or I’m not.
There’s a wonderful song that I first heard about ten years ago, and it has a line that always fills me with renewed appreciation for Him ~ “Amazing love, how can it be, that You, my King, would die for me?” But the second part of that chorus calls me to worship Him the same way He loves me: on a completely focused and single-minded level… “Amazing love, I know it’s true, and it’s my joy to honor you.”