Let me be candid right up front: I did not author these seven results nor compile the list of references. I found the list in Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology some months ago while doing sermon prep. I didn't include them in the sermon at that time (too much content), and rather thought I should save it and share it here on the blog sometime. As a result, I have this now-crinkled sheet of lined paper that I've been dragging about for months.
Today, I resolved to sit down, write and share it. I trust you are blessed as I was reading it. It is my hope that you will use this in your devotions after coming across this posting. Look up the passages. Meditate on them. Marinate. Worship. Revel in His presence.
Genuine worship results in:
- We delight in God: Psalm 84:102, 4, 10; Acts 2:46; Luke 24:52-53
- God delights in us: Isaiah 62:3-5; Zephaniah 3:17
- We draw near to God: Hebrews 10:19, 22; 12:28-29
- God draws near to us: James 4:8; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; Psalm 22:3
- God ministers to us: 1 Peter 2:5, Hebrews 4:16
- The Lord's enemies flee: 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
- Unbelievers know they're in God's presence: 1 Corinthians 14:25; Acts 2:11
I love the reciprocal beauty of the first four: We do something, and God does something. We're reacting positively to each other. God is relational, responsive.
What does this mean for you and me? If we're feeling dry, disconnected, distant, alone (insert your feeling here), it's a symptom: We need to worship. But here's the catch: We must choose to do this action in order to feel the result, rather than doing the action only when driven by the feeling. It's okay to worship when you feel like it; what I'm pointing to is our need to decide and do even when - or perhaps especially when - we don't feel like it.
Worship is a decision that usually then evokes an emotional response. It draws forth our emotions as we press through the dry, the dirt, the crustiness we often feel in this life. It also draws forth God's presence (or, perhaps more accurately, draws forth our awareness of His presence, since He's actually always there). And God's presence in our worship affects other believers, too. What an amazing blessing.
Then notice that it affects not just other believers, but also those currently outside the Body of Christ: It affects the spirit world and the world of those outside the Body. Again, beautiful.
How's your worship today? How does your spirit feel? Need a good boost that caffeine can't touch? He is waiting for you.
Now where did I leave my headphones...