Day Five

Friday: Worship: Intimacy With God and Pursuit of His Presence

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)

I remember when I met Carolina and those early days of dating back in Colombia in 2001. When I wasn’t with her I couldn’t wait to be with her, when we were together it was so difficult to say goodbye – she filled my mind, I was obsessed. 14 years later I still am! Love is a strange thing, hard to describe, passionately intense, overwhelming. Worship essentially means whatever we give ultimate worth to, above all else, the deepest passion and obsession of our hearts. The object of our worship fills our every waking moment, we would do anything for the object of our love. The first time the word is mentioned in scripture it is with reference to Abraham walking up Mount Mariah in obedience to the God who he walked in intimate relationship with, asking him to sacrifice his promised son! Abraham says to his servants that he and Isaac are going up the mountain to ‘worship’ God! What we know, but Abraham didn’t, is that God would never allow Abraham to go through with that request. Yet to Abraham it was ‘worship’ to follow God wherever he led him. So great was his trust in the goodness of his father’s heart he knew God had a plan. Do we trust God like that? Are we certain that he is for us and not against us? Are we willing to follow him wherever he leads us? As we step into his presence, we become mesmerised by his beauty and ruined for anything else. As the great hymn says ‘The things of earth become strangely dim in the light of his mercy and grace’. Let 2016 be a year where we become captivated like never before by his limitless love.

Joe Gisbey

Worship and soaking meeting at the Wickbourne Centre, tonight,  7 – 9pm