The Holy Strip (Devotion)
Psalm 96:9 - "Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth."
I am a worship leader at heart -- I watch worship leaders on YouTube, read books about the concept and styles of worship, plan worship weekly. I love it! Lately, worship has been laid on my heart more than usual. I have been working on a song for some time now focused on the concept of worshipping broken before God, and how liberating it can be to allow Him to humble us. Little did I know how relevant it is to my life currently. God speaks to us in all forms. Amen?
Job 1:20 says - "At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship. "
In response to being tested time and time again, Job fell on his face in worship. Such a convicting verse. God allowed Satan to attack Job to strip him of any pride within him.
The other day, I was sitting in a coffee shop with my husband, talking about how God has been communicating in our lives. I mentioned that, similar to Job, God has been stripping me down in every aspect of my life. I am being forced to face my pride in all forms, and I am definitely not a fan.
Charles Spurgeon has some challenging words that relate to this:
"Is it not a curious thing that whenever God means to make a man great, He always breaks him in pieces first? … Have you ever noticed that whenever God is about to give you a promotion, elevating you to a larger sphere of service or a higher platform of spiritual life, you always get thrown down? This is His usual method of working. He makes you hungry before He feeds you. He strips you before He clothes you. He makes you nothing before He makes you something."
Much like Job, we also are being tested constantly. God is trying to strip us of pride, greed, anger, lust, worry, idol worship … any sins that separate us from the beautiful relationship that we have the privilege of having with Him. It is so beautiful, painful, and liberating to fall on our faces in worship through these trials and allow God to make us nothing before He makes us something.
The question is: are we willing to be broken before God?Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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