Originally published Monday, 29 April 2013.
Do you ever struggle with apathy in your quiet time?
By "struggle", I mean the tension between wanting to worship God unabashedly for who He is, and yet sensing that our focus is distracted and our praise somewhat apathetic.
The struggle borders on not fully grasping the majesty and power of the God we praise.
These are the moments when we need an awakening to the pure, sovereign majesty of God. To the grace and love poured out through Jesus' blood on the cross for our sakes. To the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. To all the marvelous gifts of God pouring into our very lives!
If your quiet time is bordering on apathetic, read this:
18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them...
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Dwell on that passage from Hebrews 12 for a time, and let the power, authority and wonder of our God penetrate your thoughts. May it put our lives in perspective as we remember the saving grace of Jesus. May it fuel our worship in reverence and awe, "for our God is a consuming fire" (v. 29)!
What an awesome God we worship!