Worship Download

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3

I work with computers every day. On our church and school campus network we have well over 100 computer stations and that requires a lot of maintenance to keep everyone up and running smoothly. We live in a day where we are connected to the Internet 24/7. This is both a blessing and a curse. The Internet has revolutionized my way of doing music ministry because there are resources at my immediate disposal at anytime without me having to leave my office. I also have instant access to a greater number of people at all times. That's the blessing. Most people don't realize, however, that as we surf the net there is always a residue that gets downloaded on our hard drives. Things like cookies that track us; spyware that reports our surfing habits to people who want to sell us their products; viruses that can slow us down and even shut us down. This requires regular maintenance to clear this unwanted stuff from our computers to keep them running fast and smooth.

On a spiritual level, we are a lot like computers. As we go through our day there is a lot of stuff that gets downloaded into our spirits as we navigate through the day-to-day responsibilities. Some good and some not so good. This leaves a residue that can make us sluggish, so to speak, in our walk with God. It sometimes can crowd out the stuff that the Holy Spirit is pouring into us at the same time. We find ourselves depressed, anxious and lacking in faith as a result. Like computers, we need regular, daily maintenance to clear out all the unwanted stuff that accumulates. That is where the importance of worship comes in. Worship is how God can clear away the clutter and begin to replace that data with the truth of his Word in our hearts. As we worship the Lord by declaring the truth of who he is and who we are in light of his grace and mercy, he  reformats the hard drive of our soul which cleans out the residue that has accumulated from daily living. A simple definition of worship is the act of declaring spiritual truth. In John 8:32 Jesus says, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Worship reminds us of the truth of who God is and that brings freedom.

Take time today for some regular maintenance. Spend some time in private worship of him and allow him to clear away the clutter and junk that tries to cloud your thinking. Let God do a daily "system restore" of your life so that you are running at optimum efficiency.

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