You are made to know God

   Perhaps you remember the scene from the 1981 Academy Award for Best Picture Film, “Chariots of Fire,” where Eric Liddell famously declared, “God made me for a purpose. God made me fast and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” Sometimes when Kim plays the prelude or when the choir is “in the groove,” God’s purpose and human response combine to lift the experience from the mundane to the glorious. 


   The Apostle Paul describes the combination of Spirit blessing and human effort that transforms worship: 


   Be filled with God’s Spirit, vocalizing to one another psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always offering thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:18-20)


   We were made for God, made to worship Him, made as creatures able to receive His Spirit. With the gift of the Spirit we are fully equipped for our purpose. As we allow the Spirit to turn our hearts and voices to worship God, to focus on His glory and goodness, to rejoice in His Christ Jesus and our deliverance, to celebrate closeness to God, to give Him our all, perhaps we will discover-not as an idea but as an experienced reality, “God made me to worship Him. When I worship, I feel His pleasure.”


   One of the practices that helps us toward deeper discovery of the blessings of drawing close to God is offered in the few minutes prior to our worship services. Chimes sound, signaling that the Prelude, sacred music selected and played with the purpose of helping us to prepare for worship, invites us to pray.  We pray for our own receptivity to the Spirit and for our fellow worshippers. We can pray that each person, our friends and loved ones, those people we rejoice to see and want to catch up on their lives, be touched by God, be blessed in worship, enter the fullness of their purpose as creatures made and loved by God. 


   Let us enter into the discipline of turning our hearts to God in those moments, of joining our hearts to God’s, to pray for one another, to bring praises and to offer thanksgiving, to ready ourselves for the loving God.