Day 35: The Daily Worship Dance

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Before we begin today’s spiritual excursion, please take a few moments to breathe!  Take three slow, deep breaths, expanding from your abdomen; try not to raise your shoulders. As you inhale, whisper, “Lord, wherever You lead…”  As you exhale whisper, “…we will go.”

Slowly read aloud the following Scriptures

(Feel free to pause at any time during your reading to reflect on, thank, praise, or acknowledge God’s stirring in your thoughts and emotions.)

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:31-33, ESV)

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  (Matthew 6:25-30, ESV)

For further exploration:

Video: http://bit.do/littlethings2

Online course: http://bit.do/WorshipCourse

Kingdom Prayer

Loving Father, we thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for knowing each of us intimately. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to be our Helper and Teacher. Thank You for blessing us socially, relationally, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Father, we sing praises to You, our God and strength. We will sing, beat the tambourine and play the sweet lyre and harp.  Your dwelling place is lovely.  We faint with longing to enter Your courts with our whole beings, bodies and souls.  We will shout joyfully to You, the living God. Your unfailing love is better than life  itself; how we praise You!  We will praise You as long as we live; we will lift up our hands to You in prayer.  You satisfy us more than the richest feast.  We will praise You with songs of joy.

Heavenly Father, as a Church Family, we declare spiritual cleansing and renewal in our lives. We understand that those that exalt themselves will be humbled and those that are humble will be exalted. Therefore, we submit ourselves to You, Lord, trusting that in due season, You will exalt us. We confess that we have open hearts, and a Spirit of obedience that causes us to accept Your instruction quickly as You guide us throughout each day. We will prosper because we listen to your instruction, and because we trust in You, we’ll have joy. Father, we renew our commitment to allow the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives. We declare that as Your sheep, we know Your voice and the voice of a stranger we will not follow!

Holy Spirit, please remove the scales from our eyes concerning disobedience in our lives and circumcise our hearts so that we can see ourselves reflected in God’s Word. Help us to remove all pride and haughtiness before they produce destruction and cause us to fall. Lead us to those who love Christ more than culture. Help us not to trade the truth about You for a lie, worshiping and serving things You created rather than worshiping and serving You. You are worthy of all eternal praise!

Merciful Father, forgive us for all acts of pride, fear, stubbornness and rebelliousness.  Forgive us for not being obedient to Your Word in times past. Forgive us for not trusting You when life seemed too difficult for us to bear. Forgive us for not looking to You for counsel, but instead submitting to astrology, the zodiac and horoscopes to give us insight and guide our ways. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed).

Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that You may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in Your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

Almighty God, You are the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to You who sits on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:  John 14:26, Psalm 81:1-2, Psalm 84:1-2, Psalm 63:3-5, Matt 23:12, Proverbs 16:20, Proverbs 16:18, John 10:4-5, Acts 9:18, Romans 1:25, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 22:13, Revelation 5:13

Concepts to Consider

As we already discovered in Day 30 above, the worship of God can arise from the most ordinary and small things. Just as “praying without ceasing” does not mean being on our knees in supplication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, “a life of praise” is not about walking around listening to praise music 24/7. Learning the “dance of worship” is done by patiently honing our spiritual senses enough to recognize God in the ebb and flow of the big and small things of life.

In a life characterized by worship, we learn how to move through life in step with our Divine Dance Partner. He teaches us–one small step at a time–how to hold His hand during those glorious “fall on your face before the throne” experiences and in those mundane “clean the toilet” moments, and everything in between! When things are going according to plan, and when they’re not. When life makes sense, and when it doesn’t. In everything we are able to give thanks not because we are super spiritual, but because we refuse to leave the His Presence on the “dance floor.”  Jesus desires to lead us in a merry dance… on a grand adventure around swirling stars, across windy mountains, through stormy seas, among silent trees, and ultimately to just be… with Him, accompanied by the assembled ensemble of the saints and angels who cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

Reflection Questions
  1. Personal Reflection. As you think back on this week, how has your perspective on worship changed? How has it been affirmed? Will you dare to dance with God in worship?
  2. Kingdom Reflection. Worship is not just about us. It’s also for the sake of the world. When we give God worth, we recognize how much we–and everyone around us–are worth to God. “For God so loved the world that He gave….” What steps will you take to make your worship of God more for the sake of the Kingdom?
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking

If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7).  Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word,  phrase,  or image from the Scripture you read today.  Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord.  If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Biblical word, phrase, or image.  You may want to set a timer.

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