Fresh Hope – 12th January 2021

Being socially distanced, our mouths covered with face masks and quietly speaking the words of songs during worship, does not fill us with enthusiasm. The constraints, cause much disappointment and anger at the enemy, “he’s trying to stifle, even silence our worship!”

But as we are in what seems to be a very restricted way of offering up our praise and worship, it’s been great to discover that, despite missing some elements, our worship should not be dampened. Instead, at least for this time, it can become more reflective, and made more intimate and personal, ushering in a deeper sense of wonder at who our God really is: His might, His majesty, His goodness, grace and mercy. It’s truly awe-inspiring, and raises our faith levels, whilst at the same time, bringing us to a place of humility before the King of kings.

Dare I say, without the potential to be carried away by the sound of our own voices to the rhythm and beat of the music, we can become much more aware of the profound depth of meaning of the words and songs we sing. And spoken softly, they have become humble, reverent prayers: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty … merciful and mighty … only thou art holy, there is none beside thee, perfect in power, love and purity.’ … ‘My Jesus, My Saviour, Lord, there is none like you, all of my days I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love.’

The enemy might have had a plan (as he always has) to steal the praise and worship that belongs to Almighty God, but God has turned his plan on its head, and at the same time challenged our limited understanding of worship. I believe we are entering into worship from a deeper place in our hearts, which is surely what blesses the Father. 1 Samuel 16:7 tells us, ‘The Lord doesn’t see things the way we see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’

How about looking up the words of your favourite worship song and speaking them as a personal prayer to God today? Repeat it if you have to and be attentive to each word as you say it, let it be a sweet fragrant offering to God, our Lord and Saviour who carries us through all seasons.

Christine Mudenha

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