Daughters of 100% "Grace-Worship"
Last Friday evening, Daughters of Grace met for our first evening of worship and what an evening it was! Music is food for the soul and we tasted of good soul-food. But worship is not only singing or dancing or hands raised, which some did that night, but worship manifests itself in many ways. Scripture reading, personal testimonies of both victories and struggles, prayer, hugs that sometimes are hard to let go, camaraderie and fellowship, and a time of sisters sharing from the Word of God. All of which were boldly present in the little chapel of New Holy Cross.
So, what would a night such as this look like without any of these pieces? What is less than worship? Can there be half-worship?
David says in Psalm 95:6-7, "Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care." We are called to bow down in worship...to kneel before our Maker. Why? Because first of all He is our Maker, but He is also OUR GOD. We are His people and He cares for us. And, God is holy.
Likewise, Psalm 96:9 says, "Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth." When God is present, as he surely was on Friday evening, think of how His holiness was praised. Think about the splendor of who He is and not just what He has done, but what He is doing in our lives. He cares for us and that should make us tremble.
Each speaker challenged us to draw closer to God and to seek Him wholly: not half, but entirely. Seeking God and His kingdom by ridding ourselves of worry and molding our lives into something that looks like God's kingdom was evident in every sermonette. Worship is a big part of that kind of seeking. Being vulnerable and open for God to touch us individually and collectively.
To answer the questions above, worship shouldn't be without any of the pieces that were incorporated into that service. One piece less last Friday would have meant someone didn't give what they had to offer in worship. To Him who has made us, tended to us while we prospered and while we failed, who adopted us and calls us His child, we owe no less than the 100% worship we offered on Friday.
He is our God. Half-worship could mean half-blessings or half-adoption or what if God had only half-holiness? We most assuredly wouldn't have worshiped our half-God.
Praise our 100% God for being 100% invested in us forever.