As we approach the fall seasonal changes, I am just enamored with God. God is the creator of this earth. He has built the mountains. He has hallowed out the valleys. He has created the water that takes up so much of our planet. He is majestic and creative.
I write these things because of two reasons. One, God has given us a beautiful earth. Let us practice good stewardship by enjoying our earth. Let us go outside and enjoy. Second, I have noticed that a lot of corporate worship I have experienced lately has been self focused. The lyrics and sentiment is what God can give me or do for me. Although I don’t want to diminish what God has done for us, I would like to remind us that worship is giving God glory for who He is. It is not who we are or what we’ve done. It isn’t really about what we get from knowing Him. It is all about Him. Anyways, I would just like to encourage us to check our heart when we worship. Make sure our worship is all about giving God glory for who He is and what he’s done.
I find myself worship with a self-centered focus. And one of the ways I have found helps me shift my focus onto God is worshiping outdoors. Getting in nature helps me realize how great and mighty God is and how small I am.
- John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
- Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
- Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
You don’t have to worship outside, but it is an option to re-adjust your heart. So let us check our heart and glorify God with as pure motives as possible. It is a pleasure to write to you all. Thank you for reading.