God de­lights when you wor­ship Him

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - CHURCH - SCOTT STE­WART Pea Ridge United Methodist and Bright­wa­ter Methodist churches

I am fully con­vinced that we as believ­ers are go­ing to be shocked some­day when we en­ter into the pres­ence of God. Shocked by His ho­li­ness, His glory, His power. But even more, I think we will be shocked by His love. If we could only get this es­sen­tial truth through our heads, it would save us from many tears and sleep­less nights and pain. God loves us ex­trav­a­gantly! We can’t fathom the kind of love that God has. He who cre­ated us went to the cross and died for us when His jus­tice could only con­demn us! We’ll be shocked at His ut­ter joy of wel­com­ing us into His Glory.

The Scrip­tures teach that we were cre­ated for God’s plea­sure and for His glory. We glo­rify and bring plea­sure to Him when we wor­ship Him in Spirit and Truth. When we wor­ship God, it brings joy to Him. He takes great pride in you and me as the high­est of all His cre­ation. God de­lights in you more than even the best par­ents de­light in their sons and daugh­ters!

Take a look at a great verse with me: “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great de­light in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will re­joice over you with singing.” Zepha­niah 3:17

The word for God “re­joic­ing” over us lit­er­ally means “to spin around wildly.” God gets more ex­cited about be­ing in my pres­ence than I do about be­ing in His! Do my thoughts to­wards Him out­num­ber the sands of the sea? (Psalm 139:17-18) No, they do not. But His thoughts to­ward me do. That alone makes me want to wor­ship with my whole heart. If the God of the uni­verse loves me enough to “spin wildly” over me, shouldn’t I get at least a lit­tle bit emo­tional when I wor­ship Him?

Think about His love in the com­ing days. Re­mem­ber, God takes plea­sure in be­ing God. He de­lights in your pres­ence and dances over you with joy. We should take plea­sure in be­ing God’s cre­ation and in be­ing God’s child. If we do, we won’t ever be the same again. Grace and Peace.

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Ed­i­tor’s note: This col­umn was writ­ten by George Wis­ley, for­mer as­sis­tant pas­tor at Pea Ridge First Bap­tist Church, and was orig­i­nally pub­lished Wed­nes­day, Oct. 12, 2005.

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