Think About Our Response 02-22-09

     Richard Foster writes, “Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father. Its central reality is found ‘in spirit and truth.’ It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit. Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshiped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit. The words of the chorus, ‘Set my spirit free that I may worship Thee,’ reveal the basis of worship. Until God touches and frees our spirit we cannot enter this realm. Singing, praying, praising all may lead to worship, but worship is more than any of them. Our spirit must be ignited by the divine fire.”        
      When was the last time we responded to the overtures of God love? When was the last time our souls were ignited by the divine fire of His presence? I can’t answer for anyone else, but if we can’t remember it’s been way too long. I can remember and it was last Sunday morning in Faith Church. I dragged myself to church tired and weary from the affects of the world pulling on me to be a dozen different places at the same time. At some point during the worship time I began to respond to His love. I sensed His precious presence and my spirit was ignited by His divine fire and I was strengthen and renewed once again.
    Dear friend, make every effort to be in a church this Sunday morning that emphasis’ true heart felt worship and experience the divine fire of His presence. You won’t regret it.                                                            

Pastor Jim