basking{glow}

God is awesome. He takes nothing and creates everything. He gives the earth and everything in it to us to look after. He makes a covenant –

THAT WHEN HE SEES IT

HE WILL REMEMBER IT

Rainbow

Depending on the area of the world you live, depends how many rainbows you will see. In Ireland we see more cloud than blue sky, so it is in the moments of emergent sun as the raincloud dissipate that we get to see His moment of covenant remembrance.

 Obviously, from the way we have behaved (4eva), we did not keep our side of this covenant, nor the ones, Adam, Abraham, David had with God. We were cut off from relationship with God.

We were worshiping and praising on empty.

Do you ever feel like that on a Sunday, or you listen to a worship track and instead of feeling in the moment, you feel a bit disturbed. That you are watching or listening to a caricature of worship. You are being led by a worship team, or a famous worship leader to what? The worship is fervent, it makes a good show, but is it real?

We were worshiping and praising on empty.

If we are to worship and praise God from the bottom of hearts with our whole bodies, our whole minds and our souls in entirety then we must prepare:

This is the God that

Created the universe

And we turn up on a Sunday barely finishing a conversation before the service begins, indeed if we are even there at all on time. Each time there is an interlude we start talking again. We repeat the same stories over again. People what are we doing?

This is the God that

Created the universe

Prepare to come before Your King. Prepare. Prepare.

In Old Testament times they prepared by presenting  their best animal for sacrifice and spent all day in preparation, sacrifice and praise.

Praises

Our God came down from heaven, was one of us, knows what it is like to have no money at the end of the week. Knows what it is like to not be liked, knows what it is like to be so angry as to turn over tables. But He was God – and he came to offer us the relationship that was lost.

This is the God that

Created the universe

We were worshiping and praising on empty.

THAT WHEN HE SEES IT

HE WILL REMEMBER IT

Our God is awesome and the most amazing thing he has done for me is offer that relationship. And he has offered or is offering it to you too. It is astonishing that he wants me and you in his family. I mean look at you! Look at me!

To him we are appealing. He wants us. He was tortured, crucified and killed for us.

This is not some fairytale from history like the knights of the round table, shrouded in magic. No Jesus really died for us, made a new covenant between us and God. We can look at rainbows now however they are made[i] rejoice in the Lord at the sight of a rainbow because at that very moment:

THAT WHEN HE SEES IT

HE WILL REMEMBER IT

He is remembering the covenant made with Noah and his family. Our God is awesome and our God is good all the time.

There is of course a balance in worship – too many rituals and it becomes about them not HIM. Not enough reverence and it becomes about us not HIM. We all work out the balance ourselves. 

Have a

PRAISE      FULL

THANK     FULL

WORSHIP       FULL

GRATE         FULL

weekend

 

 

 [i] To make your own rainbow put glass beads in a sunny window like Pollyanna, water the garden in sunshine and watch the rainbow grow, go to NY in the summer and watch the water spouts from the fire boats.

 

 

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