Dale Saylor | Pastor, Spiritual Maturity
“I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water,” David wrote in Psalm 63. Just reading those words reminds us of how very true they are.
The busyness of this life may distract us from this reality; our focus may be on other goals, tasks, and demands. But when we pause to consider David’s words and when we take a moment to consider God in worship and reflection, these words resonate. We are, indeed, people living in a dry and parched land. We need God more than anything else; our ultimate longing is for Him alone.
Take time to explore the critical theme of worship. For some, the word worship immediately brings to mind music – perhaps a favorite style or a touching song. Some may recall emotional experiences of singing loudly before God, hands raised in adoration. Others may think of quietly sung hymn lyrics, kneeling or standing with the rest of the congregation. And, of course, we may think of expressions of worship that are not related to music – words of Scripture spoken together in corporate services, worshipful moments of silence during hikes outdoors, or even the worship of giving sacrificially or writing in a journal.
May we enlarge our understanding of what worship means and its importance in this journey. As you launch into 2019, will it be a year of worship? How might you grow closer to God and to others with a small group?