Worship in the Now
We can probably all quote the story of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3).
Chances are you’ve had your own “burning bush” experiences where you met with God and it changed your course, your life, your thinking. I have had many.
Moses was directed by God to take off his sandals because where he stood was holy ground.
In Wild Goose Chase * by Mark Batterson, this insight really stands out to me:
“The holy ground wasn’t the Promised Land. It was right where Moses was standing. Don’t wait to worship God till you get to the Promised Land; you’ve got to worship along the way. This is holy ground. This is a holy moment. Take off your sandals.”
We live in a world that honors results over relationship. If we aren’t careful, we carry that same attitude into our walk with God. God has results in mind, but the avenue is relationship just as it was with Moses and His people. Too many are guilty of withholding themselves and their worship until they “arrive” and see the promised land (whatever it is).
God is saying, “this is holy ground because I’m here meeting with you.” He values the relationship and calls us to do the same.
Still, we hesitate when we don’t understand our circumstances, our lacks, our health situations, our problems. God called Moses to step forward, but he wouldn’t allow him to come on his own terms.
He is an awesome God worthy of our reverence and worship. He is interested in our truly knowing Him, but it doesn’t start when we get our breakthrough. It begins when we humble ourselves in worship as He calls us out.
We may place our value on that big moment “out there” but the magnificent Creator of the universe invites us into fully experiencing His presence in the here and now. It’s that awareness of His presence and word that changes us in profound ways.
As he responded in worship, this moment of invitation set a hunger in Moses that continued all his life. He was in a different position than everyone else around him. Scary to think how we can settle for less than what God has for us and still think we’re doing all right. As the psalmist declared in Psalm 103:7,
Do we want to know just His acts or His ways? Worship, embracing the here and now, responding to His presence–takes us on a journey where we are no longer content to be around testimonies but we live His testimonies and experience His glory. Our Father reveals His heart and mind in that deep relationship.
All that from a willingness to worship when all you’ve got is a promise. Sign me up.
Are you ever tempted to withhold worship until the “end”? How do you keep that aspect front-and-center in your life or do you?