Pastor Chris Seay closes our study of Nehemiah, inviting us to lives of full worship. When worship is not a daily rhythm enlivened by honest and consistent practice, we begin to view it as merely a sequestered section of our life. We don't have a religious life and a real life; we only have a life.
When we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing, we worship anything.
- GK Chesteron
Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god . . . to worship . . . is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure, and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before [your loved ones] finally plant you. . . . Worship power, and you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
- David Foster Wallace
What daily practices, consistent rhythms, might you implement to center yourself in worship?
For example: consider engaging in this practical meditation: Close your eyes for 5 minutes (set a timer if it helps) and walk through your day up to the point of time in which you have chosen to pause. In every basic (seemingly mundane) task, how are your thoughts and feelings oriented? Have these moments been acts of worship? As the timer rings, conclude with Nehemiah's simple prayer in Neh 13:31, (O God—my God—remember me with favor) asking God to transform your life worship in the ways you have imagined.
Before The Throne Of God Above
How Great Thou Art
Psalm 66 (You Are Great)
Holy Holy Holy