Psalm 63:2-4 The Passion Translation (TPT)
I’m energized every time I enter
your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of your power
and drink in more of your glory.
For your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself.
How I love and praise you, God!
Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart.
My arms will wave to you like banners of praise.
Reading through the Psalms we see the pages filled with beautiful poetry of praise and moments later laments of deep despair. As we follow David’s journey though the Psalms we see a common theme of worship, even in the darkest moments, showing that worship is meant for every season.
Romans 12:1 (TPT) says, “ I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.” God calls us to a lifestyle of worship. When we gather on Sunday I envision it like a pep rally, just a moment in our lives of worship where coming together shows us that we’re not alone.
When we worship together we are filled with hope and then sent out to extend hope to the world. One way we can extend hope is to expand our sanctuary, making room for all to stand beside one another through each season. Every week our sanctuary is transformed to be used in various ways like celebrating weddings, rezlife youth group, movie night, funerals, conferences, missions, and worship. We are called to change lives, strengthen churches and transform the world, and our building is one of the tools we use to accomplish that.
God, thank you for the opportunity to meet with You and with one another each week in a time of worship. Thank you for this community that reminds us we are not alone. Help us to live each day full of worship.
We pray over this season of expansion and for each person we are making room for. We thank you for the calling you’ve put on our lives to be your light in the world. We pray to be filled with hope so that we can extend hope to the world. Amen
- Lindsay Hefner