Hello, dear friends!
When first asked to write about worship I was obviously stoked, yet equally overwhelmed in trying to figure out how to properly articulate the mystery of something so other-worldly in a tangible way.
If there is one thing I know to be true in my life, and yours, is that every single person was created to worship! However, it is up to you to choose who or what you worship. During my School of Worship, we were taught about the two worship movements in the world today; the worship movement for Christ and the worship movement for self. In other terms, you either live a life that honors, glorifies and exalts Jesus or you live a life that glorifies yourself. To be honest, my spirit has been so provoked by seeing the enemy sneak in and distract church pastors, worship leaders, and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in falling into the latter worship movement. Unfortunately, we’ve probably all experienced a time of worship where either the lead singer took great lengths to acquire attention or we ourselves sang songs that solely talk about me, myself and I and our feelings without acknowledging the One seated on the throne. So I believe it is time to get back to the basics! It is time to commune with our Creator! It is time to behold the man Jesus!
David writes in the Psalms, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” Throughout the life of David, we see that his heart cry was to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. Is that our heart cry as the Bride of Christ in this hour?
Before Jesus was arrested, we are given an absolutely beautiful picture of what devoted love and affection toward our Creator looks like. In Matthew 26, we read “A woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as He reclined at the table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, ‘Why this waste?’” Someone had recently asked me which Bible character (not including Jesus) I would choose to sit down for dinner with if I could. I would choose this woman. I do not know what God had revealed to her, but it is evident that her heart cry was to behold Jesus. It is evident that she truly knew what Jesus was worth, wasting an entire alabaster flask of expensive ointment. She knew that nothing on this earth was worth her time, devotion, and affection as much as the man Jesus. And I believe that this is where worshipful souls are birthed: in the revelation of Christ Jesus.
So to worship him properly, we must first learn to take hold of the mystery and revelation of the holiness and worthiness of Christ Jesus.
Ask yourself this question: Am I beholding Him?
Written by Rachel Vanni, a staff member of YWAM Maui