Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Writers are a funny lot — many of us are classic introverts, yet we’re in a vocation that has us sharing the inner-most parts of ourselves in a public way. It’s a mashup of joy, love, scary, exhilarating, passion and terrifying, all at the same time.
It’s a lot like worship. Worship has as many forms as thoughts thundering in our hearts. I recall the day, years back, when we had a miscarriage. I remember seeing a clear choice and though it was one of the toughest things I’d ever done, I cried, “I don’t understand this, but I choose to praise You through it.” Worship in pain is special. Beautiful. Hard-fought. And you remember it.
I’ve experienced worship while under grace — when I’d messed up and had no idea how God could possibly take me back.
Worship in joy — there at the birth of our children.
Worship in fear — when times were lean and we didn’t know how we were going to make it through another day.
Worship in loss — when we sang hymns around the hospital bed of a loved one.
Worship in service — when I was terrified but willing to step into the calling He’d had for my life. All of these things are special. Beautiful. Hard-fought. And I remember them, because worship was is our companion in such moments.
Worship is taking what’s going on in the introvert spaces of our hearts, and making an extroverted expression of the choice to praise Him in all things.
That’s today. This is our invitation — to worship. Not for all things, but IN all things. To make Him the companion of the introvert spaces of our hearts, in an extroverted expression of His faithfulness.