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Quietly Worshipful - Noisily Grateful

Quietly Worshipful - Noisily Grateful

23 September 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezra 1; Psalms 84-85; Luke 7

Scripture:

16 They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” 17 The news of Jesus spread all through the country. (Luke 7:16-17 MSG)

When people realize that God is back and looking after the needs of his people, it’s going to produce a varied response. The people of the little Galilean village of Nain had just seen a remarkable miracle as Jesus interrupted a funeral process and restored a widow’s only son to life. They realized that God was at work among them, right there in their own town.

They responded with awe at the compassion, and power they saw demonstrated, reverent and worshipful. Then when it hit them that they had just seen one of the village kids, the only son of his grieving mother, brought back to life right during the funeral procession, they exploded in shouts of joy and thankfulness to God!

When we gather for worship, our healthy, heart-felt expression of worship to God can include quiet, reverent awe and expressive, noisy gratitude. When we focus on God himself – quietly worshipful. When we think of all he has done for us – noisy gratitude! It’s more than style and culture. It’s more than personal preference. It’s the range of our expression to the scope of his greatness.

I encourage you to join me through the day today, looking for the signs that God is back, loving, caring, and looking to the needs of his people. Look for the reflections of his beauty, majesty, and greatness in the mountains, desert, or sea – in the clouds overhead and the flowers and trees along your path. Look for his fingerprints in gracious words and acts of kindness – in gentle touch and warm smiles.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for all you are in your magnificence and majesty. You alone are worthy of reverence and awe. Thank you for all you do in your compassionate power toward us. You are truly our Good Shepherd and our gracious provider. Please help me – help us – to find the full range of expression of worship and gratitude to you. Draw my attention daily to your majesty and your mercy. May we come before you with heart-felt expressions of worship and praise. Amen.

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