Recent Meditation - Definition of Worship by David Peterson, author of Engaging with God

“Worship of the living and true God is essentially an engagement with him on the terms that he proposes and in the way that he alone makes possible.”

It immediately calls to my mind Cain and Abel, where Abel's offering was acceptable to the Lord and Cain's wasn't.

  1. On the terms that he proposes.

    We don't get to just offer anything we want to God and think or say or hope it's acceptable to him.

    We don't get to live our lives by indulging our flesh, or orchestrate our relationships to better serve ourselves, or dictate what we are called to lay down in this life as sacrifices at the altar. He does.

    HE decides how we worship him, and we are to then obey.

  2. In the way that he alone makes possible.

    Worship is initiated by God. It is a cycle of Revelation and Response. God reveals Himself to us, and we respond with thankfulness, obedience, and joy.

    We can be thankful that we have a God who loves us and we don't have to guess at how to appease Him.

    He not only tells us HOW to worship Him, He makes it possible through the mediation of Christ on the cross and His resurrection.

“You don’t need to know that right now.”

This is a phrase that I've repeated over and over in my head recently when I'm tempted to be overcome with fear, worry, or anxiety.

I had an ultrasound this morning for Baby #6, and it turns out the cord is growing out of the placenta all wrong, which could be potentially detrimental for baby's growth and development.

I need a follow-up ultrasound every 4 weeks until 30 weeks, then I will start going every 2 weeks. Ultrasound every time.

The doctor tells me that 9 times out of 10 the baby is just fine, and my situation just means extra ultrasounds to measure baby's growth.

I didn't ask what happens the other 10% of the time.

Why?

Because I don't need to know that right now.

All I need to know right now is that the baby is measuring on track as of today's ultrasound, I can feel her moving, and there is no bleeding or cramping.

Should any of those things change, I'll find out when I need to know it.

But today? I don't need to know.

What I do know is the One who does know. I know and trust in the God of the Universe who created me and He created her and He loves us more deeply than I can even imagine, He will orchestrate all things for His glory, and He will make me more like Jesus through the good AND bad of life.

And for today? That is enough.