I have a confession to make. I have a worship problem. Maybe you do, too. Let me explain.
Too often I find myself worrying and fretting about relatively small and inconsequential issues: How are we going to figure out how to do Christmas this year with COVID and a family scattered that’s difficult to gather? What if people don’t like my sermon this coming Sunday? How am I going to have a difficult conversation with this person I like and don’t want to offend?
I’m amazed at how much time and energy I spend on issues that seem big in my mind but are relatively small in the grand scheme of things.
I also occupy my mind with too much FaceBook, football and Netflix. I complain about not having enough time in the day, and then my iPhone tells me I’m averaging 1 hour and 42 minutes a day on my phone. I just checked.
What does this have to do with my worship problem? Well, if worship is about what you revere, adore, and value, then . . . you get my drift. G. K. Beale once said, “What people revere, they resemble, either for ruin or restoration.” The truth of the matter is that what you focus on forms you. Your focus shapes you.
Do you want a heart as big as the sky? Behold the sky. Do you want a soul as bright as the day? Behold the day. Jared Wilson put it this way:
Alternatively, if you want a shriveled heart panting for satisfaction, just keep staring at the shortsighted culture on your closest screen. . . . What all this boils down to is this: we have, fundamentally, a worship problem, and so long as we are occupying our minds with little, worldly things and puny, worldly messages, we will shrink our capacity to behold the eternal glory of Jesus Christ, which is the antidote to all that ails us (Imperfect Disciple, 64-65).
When our minds are constantly occupied by small things, we tend to yawn at the glory of God. There are a lot of yawning Christians in our world today.
Do you want to see the glory of God? Then look to the heavens, for “they declare His glory” (Psalm 19:1). Do you want to renew a heart of worship? Then turn your eyes away from the mundane and redirect them to the majestic. Get out of the house and take a walk in the cool, fall air where the leaves are turning bright orange and yellow. Stop staring at your iPad, iPhone or 65-inch T.V. and actually have a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Turn off your Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo DS and go outside with your friends to play a real game of fútbol, American or otherwise.
Don’t miss the glory of the Lord simply because you forgot to look for it. “I looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord. And I fell on my face” (Ezekiel 44:4, ESV).