Last Sunday, Rob preached from Isaiah 6, that great passage of Scripture that describes the worship that goes on continually in the throne room of heaven (Message Title: The God of Hosts). But so often, our vision of God - and the praise he deserves - is obscured by the roller coaster of life.
So why not set aside the cares of your day and focus your mind on the glory of God by entering his throne room through Christ? Marvel at his awesome power, holiness, love, and grace. Try it for five minutes a day and see what happens!
A few ideas to get you started:
1. Meditate on a psalm. Don’t just read it. Drink it in. Reflect upon particular phrases and what they reveal about God.
2. Write a psalm. Write your own psalm of praise and thanksgiving to God, remembering his glory and celebrating his grace.
3. Contemplate a passage or event in scripture. Enter in through your imagination to the creation of the universe (Genesis 1) or the encounter between God and Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3-4) or on Mount Sinai (Exodus 33-34) or Isaiah in the Temple (Isaiah 6) or Jesus’ ministry, his death or his resurrection (Gospels ) or the glory of the New Creation (pretty much anywhere in the book of Revelation). Go beyond reading to contemplating and delighting yourself in the vision of God.
4. ABC Praise. Walk through the alphabet and for each letter, contemplate one of God’s characteristics. A: Almighty; B: Beautiful; C: Compassionate, etc. Stop with each one and celebrate God’s goodness and grace.
5. Either in body or spirit, travel to some amazing part of creation and contemplate the mind of the God who made it. Marvel at the handiwork of the God who made you and redeemed you. Or, take a walk and find some small part of creation to contemplate. Explore with your mind the intricacies of what that aspect of creation reveals to you about God, whether it be a particular leaf or rock or root.
6. Sing praise through one of your favorite songs, paying close attention to the words.
7. Journal all that you have to be thankful for. How has God revealed his goodness and grace to you lately?