Wednesday Worship: Edition #7

There are some Sundays where, by His grace, I am completely and fully immersed in the worship of our God. Those are the Sundays when I don’t want the service to end. Those are Sundays where it seems as if everything speaks expressly to me and the place where I am. Those are Sundays where I hang on every word spoken, prayed, preached, and sung. This past week held one of those Sundays. I didn’t want to stop singing. I didn’t want Tim to end his prayer. I didn’t want Joe to stop preaching. I didn’t want God to stop be so obviously glorified.

Every word rung in my heart, and I don’t even know how to express what I want to say. So today I will let the words of the hymn writers, song writers, and pastors speak for me. This will be my Wednesday Worship of the week as the songs, prayers and words of the Lord have continued to resonate in my heart long past Sunday.

“For the Lord our God; He is strong to save from the arms of death and the deepest grave. And He gave us life in His perfect will, and by His good grace, I will praise Him still.” I am amazed how He has spared my life not from the death of cancer, although that alone is amazing to me. It is the way He saves from the death of sin. The deepest grave couldn’t hold our Savior down, and on the day when He calls me home, it is His grace of which I will sing for eternity. I will praise Him still forever and ever.

And so I offered myself to Him in worship singing along with those around me how He is “altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.” No one else is completely lovely, completely worthy, completely wonderful. It is intrinsic to Christ and Christ alone. There is no other response than to sing, “Here I am to worship; here I am to bow down.”

Then to be reminded that as I worship, He is singing with me. I love singing Scripture, and as the words of Zephaniah 3:17 rang through our sanctuary, I pictured the smile of our Savior rejoicing and delighting over us. “The Lord our God is with you; He is mighty to save. The Lord will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love.”

As Tim brought our attention from the vertical to the horizontal, we embraced the mothers of our congregation, and I sat surrounded by youth, my children, husband, and friends. I was overcome by the smiles, hugs and encouragement that while I am blessed to be a physical mother, I am a spiritual mother as well. To hear Tim pray for me and the hundreds of other women in our congregation be they physical mothers or not returned my focus to the One Who created each of us. “Lord, You are good. You are the lover of our souls.”

And so we sang of the One Who loves us intimately. For “Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find… Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness…Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin…” Praise God that ALL my sin is covered by His grace. He is my merit. I am free to bask in His beauty.

But I am also aware of my neediness and the neediness of His church as we sang, “Jesus, with Thy church abide… We beseech Thee, hear us.” I could sing no more than the first verse as the meaning of what it truly means to beseech our Lord dawned in my heart. I stood beside my friends at church and listened to them sing while I wept. “May she guide the poor and blind, seek the lost until she find; and the brokenhearted bind: We beseech Thee, hear us.”

And we sought the Lord as Burress prayed for us. And I remembered the promise that as we seek Him, we will find rest for our souls. And I am resting in the joy of Who Jesus is… ALL that He is. “Thy love, so pure, so changeless, satisfies my heart; satisfies its deepest longings… Thine is love indeed.”

What a wonderful love He has shown me! That He is my Good Shepherd. The promise of the I AM. Joe spoke to my heart when He said this: “The greater you see your sin, the greater His Cross becomes. This will change your thanksgiving, worship, attitude, forgiveness, grace, vision.” He challenged me with: “What longing do you have that Jesus won’t meet?” He satisfies the deepest longing, and He offers that to all!

What better response than to sing of all that Christ is in Psalm 23. “The King of Love my Shepherd is; whose goodness faileth never…” He is good no matter where I am in life. He is good when my table is full and my cup is running over. He is good when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I love that line… “the shadow of death”, because though I may one day go through physical death, it will only be a shadow. I will live forever. And because of His goodness, we sang “We adore Thee, we adore Thee, we adore Thee.”

This is my heart this week. I know it’s not a “typical” Wednesday Worship Edition, but it’s what God has been using in my life and heart. I pray that it blessed you as it has me.

I would love to hear from you… how is God blessing you this week?

(I Will Praise Him Still, © 1997, Fernando Ortega. Here I Am To Worship, ©2000, Tim Hughes. Jesus, Lover of My Soul, Jesus With Thy Church Abide, Jesus I Am Resting, The King Of Love My Shepherd Is, Public Domain.)

4 responses to “Wednesday Worship: Edition #7”

  1. Sasha Rothwell Avatar
    Sasha Rothwell

    The lesson that I know I will be taught over and over through out my life is simply that God is in control of my life. And when I simply surrender to His perfect will, I will find peace amidst life’s chaos. That all circumstances in my life have a purpose, and that God is so Faithful even when I’m not. Those are all truths we know well or at least that we say we believe but I am learning to speak them is one thing but to live them out day upon day is quite another.

    Thank you again for sharing your beautiful heart!

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  2. I am worshiping with Mercy Me’s “I can only imagine” this morning. Today is my brother Neculai’s birthday. He would have been 20 years old today. This song was sung at his funeral almost five years ago, and I never have a dry eye when I listen to it.

    I can only imagine
    What it will be like
    When I walk
    By Your side
    I can only imagine
    What my eyes will see
    When Your face
    Is before me
    I can only imagine

    {Chorus}:
    Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
    Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still
    Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
    Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
    I can only imagine

    I can only imagine
    When that day comes
    And I find myself
    Standing in the Son
    I can only imagine
    When all I will do
    Is forever
    Forever worship You
    I can only imagine

    Longing to worship our God FOREVER with my brother and you too, dear friend.

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  3. I have been blessed this week by being reminded of this verse:

    “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.”
    Psalm 108:1

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  4. Angie,
    I think the Holy Spirit was most assuredly with Burress as he prepared for the worship service this past Sunday. I have struggled with deep sadness over the past few weeks over the multitude of losses we are enduring with Greg’s continuing illness and pain, and for some reason, my struggle has been harder than ever this past month. But Sunday, worship was so pure, so beautiful, so much about our God, and it touched me deeply. To lift my eyes to the Lord, and off my circumstances that morning–each and every song of worship we sang was perfect for that day, and I had planned on dropping an email to Burress to let him know how much I was touched in my spirit this past Sunday. How cool, we felt the same things. One God, One Spirit, One Voice to praise Him———-we are the Body of Christ!

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