Get a Fresh Perspective on Worship
by Chris Hodges
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Recently I was reading in my home office when my son Jonathan came in. He’s sixteen and tall—over six feet—and strong. I looked up and smiled and said, “Hey, buddy, what do you need?” He looked back at me and said, “Nothing. I just thought I’d hang out with you a little while. I was just thinking about you, Dad.”
Talk about making an old dad feel all mushy inside! How cool is that? My teenage son was thinking about me and just wanted to come and be with me with no real agenda. The message I received is that he loves me. He didn’t want anything from me at that time other than to be with me. The Lord revealed something to me during that time with Jonathan. God whispered to me, “Chris, this is worship. And I like it when you just want to be near me. When you just think about me throughout your day, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.”
Whatever we worship, we think about most of the time. If you love golf, you’re often thinking, I wonder if I can fit in a little time at the driving range this afternoon? If you love shopping, you frequently wonder, Now what time do those stores close? If you love football, you know exactly how many days until the season begins. If you go to the website of your favorite team (I confess I go to mine every day), you are likely to find a clock counting down the days, hours, and minutes until the next season’s kickoff. I haven’t met anyone, myself included, who has that kind of counter showing how long until the next worship service.
If you want to experience a breath of fresh air, a real burst of life-giving breath, then examine your affections, your thoughts, and your activities to see where you’re directing them. Whatever excites you most in life—be it sports or traveling or spending time with family—should pale in comparison to how passionate you are about God.