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When Tunnel Vision Is the Best Vision

[This] is the supreme goal of worship: to see only the Lord.  –Bob Sorge, Exploring Worship

I was reminded of this quote yesterday evening in our prayer time before the service. It speaks to me for several reasons.

Believing is seeing is believing. Often, people say that before they’ll believe something, they have to see it. In worship, you won’t approach God without some faith first. That believing, no matter how small, puts you in position to experience God’s presence, so believing is seeing.

But it doesn’t end there because once you receive that reward, you have your faith boosted and the cycle repeats. Honestly, I can see that any gain I’ve ever made in my life has been the result of choosing worship. I don’t simply mean singing and/or playing an instrument (of which I’ve done plenty).

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. –Jeremiah 29:13

What also stands out about that opening quote is that we recognize our worship is not in a two-person vacuum, meaning just you and God. There are distractions from people. There are situations that hang heavy on you. There are challenges and frustrations as well as legitimate responsibilities, but when you engage in worship, you see only the Lord.

Too many believers would put off worship until they felt more settled or less stressed. They want resolution and a sense of peace, but the very thing they crave can be found by offering the Father our worship. Seeking out His presence makes room for His peace.

…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  –Hebrews 12:1-2

Letting go of sin, running our race with endurance… It all goes back to fixing our eyes on Jesus because He’s writing the story. To worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24) is look into His nature and character.

When does fear feel overwhelming? When does doubt threaten to take you down? When does the world, yourself, and your future seem to be poisoned with discouragement? It’s certainly not when you’re worshiping and seeing Jesus!

Jesus went through the ultimate suffering and pain, yet He endured. Meditating on this, worshiping and adoring Him–that keeps you on the course and I guarantee you’re quality of life will be much better.

So the million dollar question is, what’s keeping you from experiencing worship that allows you to see only the Lord? Whatever it is, it’s not your friend. He’s inviting you to beautiful new heights and glorious new depths, but you have to determine your focus remains solely on Jesus.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart…

What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever struggle in this area? What do you do to get unstuck?

4 Comments

  1. It is so true what you’ve said here, Jason, about placing all our focus on God when we worship. All the situations that may be plaguing us fall away, and we can see them for what they are -- temporary. God is the eternal One, and He is in control.
    Blessings!

    • It can be so difficult to recognize in the moment, but the truth is there: this too shall pass. Spending our time in real worship changes our perspective and even makes the process less painful. He’s so good to us! Thank you, Martha. 🙂

  2. “I can see that any gain I’ve ever made in my life has been the result of choosing worship.”

    What an awesome and powerful summary! There’s that “draw nigh unto Me” again!

    • So simple but so hard to keep “front of mind” isn’t it? Keep drawing near and I will too. Thanks Floyd.

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